Geography at St Bartholomew’s inspires our children to see beyond their current locality. We create global citizens who have a hunger and desire to one day travel the world. Lots of our children haven’t ever visited other places. This means that first hand experiences have been limited, so we endeavour to provide them for them. From a young age, our children see the issues of how climate change is destroying our beautiful planet and we are motivated and driven to make a real change in the world that we live in. we also celebrate our local area and everything that Armley and Leeds have to offer.  

Our high-quality geography education inspires pupils and creates a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. Teaching equips pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. At St Bartholomew’s, we value our diverse community that we serve and embrace and celebrate where children come from.

As pupils progress, their growing knowledge about the world helps them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments. Geographical knowledge, understanding and skills provide the frameworks and approaches that explain how the Earth’s features at different scales are shaped, interconnected and change over time.  

Curriculum - Geography

Curriculum - Geography - Useful Links

Royal Geological Society - Royal Geological Society – News and resources and articles

Travel Guide - A travel guide for many many destinations in the world

World Atlas - An immersive free online atlas resource which can be used to supplement any learning of topics in class.

World Topics Blog- An online blog regarding maps and up to date world topics.

Curriculum - Geography - Exploring the Local Area

Year 1 have really enjoyed exploring the local area around our school. They visited places of interest such as the library, the church and the leisure centre and were able to understand why these places are important.

Following the walk children will be constructing their own maps of the local area and will use compass directions to help explain where key buildings are. In English children will be using their first hand knowledge of the locality to write about what they saw.


Curriculum - Geography - Leeds Bus Tour

Year 2 went on a little blue bus tour of Leeds this week, just like London tourists go on a Big Red Bus tour of London. We saw, photographed and learnt about Leeds Town Hall, Leeds Arena, Leeds Kirkgate Market, the Recycling Centre and Elland Road. The children loved the trip and got to experience what it was like to be a tourist. Ask them about the landmarks of Leeds or London and see what they can tell you.


Curriculum - Geography - The Great Fire of London

When year 2 had a visitor a few weeks ago, he asked them to redesign London after the devastation of The Great Fire of London. Each child was given a piece to design, ensuring houses were made from stone or brick, not combustibles like wood, that the houses were spread out and the there were plenty of churches and amenities. This is what class 7 created.


Curriculum - Geography - Rainforests

One of our children has completed some extra homework looking at the Strawberry Dart Frog and finding information about it. He has also drawn a Blue and Yellow Macaw, all as part of our rainforest topic. 


Class 10 had a lot of fun in geography today. We learned about Brazil and how, in 1960, it’s capital city changed from Rio de Janeiro to Brazilia. We looked at all of the reasons that they decided to move the capital and concluded that the most important reason was that they needed more space. We discovered that Rio de Janeiro is sandwiched between the mountains and sea, meaning that as the population got bigger, they had to stack houses on top of or very close to each other. We then began to produce our own news reports as if we were there at the time to explain the move. Here is a sneak peak before we finish it off to make it look professional.


Curriculum - Geography - Canada

Years 3 and 4 have been busy researching Canada for our homework this week!

We have worked hard to find out many interesting facts about Canada - Did you know Canada has the longest coastline in the world?

We can't wait to find out about even more countries over the next few weeks.


Curriculum - Geography - France

Years 3 and 4 have had a fantastic time researching France at home for our geography challenge of finding out about as many different countries as possible!

We also related it to our French topic of food and used it to inform our French menus that we are making.


Curriculum - Geography - Field Trip

Years 3 and 4 enjoyed doing some local fieldwork. Through our studies of the local area, we went out and completed sketch drawings of the canal and famous buildings in Armley. 


Curriculum - Geography - Food Miles

Class 14 have been investigating food miles: we found out where some of our favourite foods come from around the world and how many km they have travelled before reaching our shelves in Leeds. We discussed environmental impact and what it means for the future of our planet. 


Curriculum - Geography - Veolia Recycling Facility Trip

Year 5 and year 6 thoroughly enjoyed their trip to the Veolia ‘Leeds Recycling Energy Recovery Facility'. Children spent time asking questions about the facility, completing sorting activities, taking part in a quiz and viewing the ‘Green Living Wall'. Thank you to the amazing staff at the facility who made the visit so worthwhile!


Curriculum - Geography - Maps and Farms

The children have enjoyed using maps to investigate which countries within the UK have the largest mountains ranges and which have the tallest mountains. The children were able to use pictures and information about Derek’s farm to understand the struggles he faces due to economic and natural factors that make it very difficult for him to farm.


Curriculum - Geography - Mountains

Year 6 have began their topic all about mountains. They had fun learning about 3 of the most famous mountains and comparing them.