St Mary's C of E School Truro

St Mary's C of E School

"Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young. Be an example to all believers, in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith and your purity."1 Timothy 4:12


Sunrise Curriculum Intent

Our unique Sunrise curriculum is research informed to build children's interests in powerful knowledge and skills, supported by long term memory pedagogy to create life long aspirations. This is underpinned by the school vision 'You are never too young to make a difference.'


Geography Intent

Our geography curriculum forms part of St. Mary’s Sunrise Curriculum. It is broad and balanced to develop children’s curiosity about our rich, diverse world and its people which will inspire them and remain with them for life. Understanding both human and physical geography will enable our children to have a better understanding of themselves and the wider society they live in as they grow up to be caring, global citizens who have the cultural literacy to influence the future of our planet. We are committed to providing children with opportunities to investigate and make enquiries about Truro and Cornwall, so that they can develop of real sense of who they are, their heritage and what makes our local area unique and special. Geographical knowledge and skills are taught through research-led pedagogy to ensure learning is embedded in long term memory and builds on prior knowledge.

Our school vision is that ‘you are never too young to make a difference’ and our geography curriculum aims to prepare children to be courageous advocates for our world.

Geography is 'championed' at St Mary's School by Mrs. Read and Mrs. Stevenson
Lots of our geography curriculum is inspired by resources from The Royal Geographical Society. You can see their website here. You might find some articles that inspire you, too!
How we support SEND in Geographical Learning
We need to be ambitious about what our children with SEN can achieve and not believe their ability is ‘fixed’ for every subject. Yes, we should take into consideration their barriers to learning but we shouldn't let these limit their opportunities.
What amendments are made to the subject in order to help children with SENs to achieve?
  • A spiral curriculum (revisit and revise) - At the start of the lesson, children will be revisiting the vocabulary and keys facts they have learnt. This will give children with SEN more time and opportunities to understand the concepts and vital knowledge they need to access the learning. 

  • Visual word maps - Where appropriate we create a visual word mat for your children with SEN. These can be used to pre-teach new vocabulary prior to the lesson, to help children visualise the concepts they are using in class and to help with spelling and writing activities.
  • Is your child colour blind? This is essential for our school to know. Map reading is a critical part of the geography curriculum. We make amendments to the maps children work with based upon what colours they can perceive. Click here to learn more
Do you want to develop your child's interest in Geography at home? Click here for a range of home learning opportunities collected by the Geographical Association. Please share with us any exciting learning you experience together.