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Beaminster St Mary’s Academy

Geography Intent Statement


At Beaminster St Mary’s Academy, we aim to inspire children with a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that we hope will remain with them for the rest of their lives. Our geography curriculum will equip children 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.

Through our connected curriculum at Beaminster St Mary’s Academy we believe in creating inspiring topics, with a lead subject which links together with key questions that develop different lines of geographical enquiry. In order to develop the children’s understanding of the world around them, houses and homes is a theme that runs through all of our geography topics. We believe this helps children to understand and compare different types of houses from around the world, in terms of location and climate. By revisiting these areas of learning regularly the children will remember more, know more and understand more.

We want our children to gain confidence and have practical experiences of geographical knowledge, understanding and skills that explain how the Earth’s features at different scales are shaped, interconnected, and change over time. We recognise that as well as the children increasing and extending their geographical knowledge as they progress through our school, it is also vital that they have the time and opportunity to develop as geographers.

Through the use of our extensive school grounds, we aim to inspire the children with an appreciation of the natural world and give them opportunities to discover how to care for the environment and live more sustainably. Additionally, we make full use of resources within the immediate and wider local area, through planning memorable trips and experiences that ensures children develop a deep understanding of their locality and how it is interconnected to the wider world.


Beaminster St Mary’s 8 principles for an enriched and connected curriculum:

  1. In your element - You excel, you thrive, you have fun, and you succeed.  Find your element, trust yourself, give it a try you might like it more than you think! 

      2)   In your hands – You are responsible for your learning.  You can discover the environment, significant geographical features and location.

  1. In your mind - Your learning, your memory, your motivation, your mindfulness, your ability, and your growth mindset. Unlock the power to believe in yourself.


  1. In your imagination - You can ask your own questions, taking your discoveries in whatever direction you wish.  There is a world of unlimited possibilities…


  1. In your heart - Understanding how people live in different parts of the world helps us to empathise with others around us…to explore issues of sustainability, diversity and belonging. 


  1. In your world – Discovering different places opens up to a world beyond our doorstep… to different environments… to different cultures… to different customs…to different people.  We understand our world better by finding out about it and communicating with it.


  1. In your community Beaminster as a locality is a part of an interconnected and interdependent world. You can explore and engage with others who have a connection or understanding of our local area.  


      8)  In your future - Being able to find out about our world and develop your own opinions are essential to your future.  You can be whatever you want to be.