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St Mary's Academy

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Curriculum – Humanities


At Beaminster St Mary’s we follow a two-year topic cycle. Our humanities lessons consist of either a History or a Geography content. All of our subjects include the same curriculum drivers, these are:


  • We aspire for pupils to embrace challenge with a growth mindset and show curiosity, independence and resilience in all that they do.


  • We aspire for pupils to become wise, respectful learners.


  • We aspire for pupils to become emotionally mature with a depth of language that enables them to share ideas effectively.


  • We aspire for pupils to become emotionally literate, tolerant, and appreciative of an ever-changing global environment.




At Beaminster St Mary’s Academy, our intent is to produce a high-quality geography education that inspires pupils’ curiosity and fascination about the world and its people, which will remain with them for the rest of their lives. At Beaminster St Mary’s Academy, we aim to challenge children’s stereotypes about countries across the world - Wordly. We want our children to identify how countries develop a rich economy and to identify global trends. Our units encourage children to learn about countries of their origin and culture. 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. As pupils progress, their growing knowledge about the world should enable them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments.


Geography at Beaminster St Mary’s Academy is supported by the Collins Connected Scheme of work, in partnership with the Geographical Association. Our curriculum is implemented in a way which allows for children to constantly revisit the concepts of place, space and scale in many different contexts. Teachers ensure that lessons have a balance of core knowledge and the children’s sense of space. Children have the opportunity to evidence their learning in a variety of ways including verbal, written, pictorial and diagrammatic responses. Teachers aim to introduce new Vocabulary in every lesson and adapt their teaching as they deem necessary. Through the Collins Connected Scheme of work, children revisit learning from previous year groups and build on their understanding of the complex geographical ideas and how these are related. Geography is taught discretely across the school to ensure that children build an understanding of the discipline and the enquiry skills associated with the subject.


At Beaminster St Mary’s Academy, we believe the impact of our Geography teaching provides cultural capital for our children to become educated citizens of the world. With support of fieldwork and our pupil voice groups, we empower our children to be decision makers and global citizens who constantly consider their (and others’) impact on the planet.