‘The study of geography is about more than just memorizing places on a map. It’s about understanding the complexity of our world.’  Barack Obama

Subject Intent

At St John’s Church of England Academy, we wholly embrace our local community and environment and have enhanced our curriculum through ‘Foresters’ Forest’ led enquiries to ensure that our children have a better appreciation and understanding of the uniqueness of The Forest of Dean. 

At St John’s Church of England School, we believe that through the study of geography children make sense of their world, as well as their place in it and enrich their understanding of it. Our Geography Curriculum ensures that children are aware of the advantages and disadvantages of living in the Forest of Dean and encourages children to learn through experience, particularly through practical and fieldwork activities. We provide children with a knowledge and an understanding of the geography of our local area and the world, to provoke and provide questions about the natural and human aspects of it.


Curriculum Drivers
Through the delivery of our curriculum, we want our children to be ready for life beyond St John's Church of England Academy.
We aspire for them to be:
As a Geographer we want our children…

To view our locality with awe and appreciation, understanding its similarities and differences to other parts of the United Kingdom and wider world. 

By teaching geography, we aim to:
  • Increase pupils’ awareness, knowledge and understanding of other cultures.
  • Develop pupils’ graphic skills, including how to use, draw and interpret maps.
  • Make pupils aware of environmental problems at a local, regional and global level.
  • Encourage pupils to commit to sustainable development.
  • Develop a variety of skills, including those in relation to problem-solving, Computing and presenting conclusions in the most appropriate way

The impact and measure of our geography curriculum is to ensure that children at St John’s Church of England Academy are equipped with the geographical skills and knowledge that will enable them to be ready for the curriculum at Key Stage 3 and for life as an adult in the wider world.

          Belonging          Perseverance          Respect          Forgiveness          Truth          Aspiration