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How has Tean changed?

The village of Tean takes its name from the River Tean on which it stands. It was a village dominated from the 18th to the 20th centuries by a local manufacturing industry and by the family which developed and managed it. The village of Tean is a valley.

The River Tean

This short river is a tributary of the River Dove; it is just 14.6 miles (23.5 km) from its source at Dilhorne to its confluence with the Dove east of Uttoxeter. The river flows generally in a southeasterly direction.

Tean/Cheadle railway

Tean railway station was a railway station located on the Cheadle Branch Line at Totmonslow and Staffordshire. It was opened as "Totmonslow "in 1892 and was the terminus of the line until it reached Cheadle in 1901. The station was renamed in 1906 after the village of Upper Tean, which was located around a mile east of Totmonslow. It was never well used and closed in 1953, having by then been reduced to a halt. 


The Mill

The mills at Upper Tean were developed by the Philips family in 1747. From the early 19th century, the Philips’ built large buildings to house the looms. The whole mill complex at Tean eventually became known as Tean Hall Mills. It was a successful tape-weaving business, producing high quality tape for a variety of uses both at times of peace and at times of war. The mill buildings stood empty for some time but have now been converted into apartments. Weavers’ cottages can still be seen in Upper Tean.


Geography Curriculum Statement

At St Thomas’s we shape our geography curriculum to ensure it is fully inclusive to every child. Our aims are to fulfil the requirements of the National Curriculum for Geography; providing a broad, balanced and differentiated curriculum; ensuring the progressive development of geographical concepts, knowledge and skills.


Our Geography curriculum is designed to develop children’s curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives.

Children investigate a range of places- both in the United Kingdom and abroad- to help develop their knowledge and understanding of the Earth’s physical and human processes. We are committed to providing children with opportunities to investigate and make enquiries about their local area, what makes it special and unique. We also develop the children’s ability to apply geographical skills to enable them to confidently communicate their findings and geographical understanding to a range of audiences.

Through high quality teaching, we develop the following essential characteristics of geographers:

  • An excellent knowledge of where places are and what they are like, both in the United Kingdom and the wider world;
  • A comprehensive understanding of the ways in which places are interdependent and interconnected;
  • An extensive base of geographical knowledge and vocabulary;
  • Fluency in complex, geographical enquiry and the ability to apply questioning skills, as well as effective presentation techniques;
  • The ability to reach clear conclusions and explain their findings;
  • Excellent field work skills as well as other geographical aptitudes and techniques;
  • The ability to express well-balanced opinions, rooted in very good knowledge and understanding about current issues in society and then environment;
  • A genuine interest in the subject and a real sense of curiosity about the world and the people who live here.



In ensuring high standards of teaching and learning in geography, we implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school. Starting with the early Years Foundation Stage who lay the foundations using the guidance from the ‘Development Matters’, which aims for all children in Reception to have an ‘Understanding of the World. This is followed by Key Stage One exploring and investigating the local area and the United Kingdom and building on from these skills the children start to learn about the wider world. By the end of Year Six we have confident and well-rounded geographers who can use the skills they have learnt to read maps, investigate different countries and physical processes. Children who can present arguments and conclusions found in human geography, and who are aware and have opinions on in the moment, real life issues e.g. climate change. Year Six children will leave St Thomas’s as responsible citizens with a set of core values.

At St Thomas’s Geography is taught as part of a termly topic, focusing on knowledge and skills stated in the National Curriculum. We ensure that geography has the same importance given to it as the core subjects, as we feel this is important in enabling all children to gain ‘real-life’ experiences. Through high quality planning and teaching our ultimate aim is to ensure as many children as possible achieve greater depth in their learning. This is completed through differentiation ensuring learners are supported in line with the school’s commitment to inclusion. Outcomes are regularly reviewed to ensure that the reflect a sound understanding of the key identified knowledge and skills.



Our Geography Curriculum is high quality, well thought out and is planned to demonstrate progression.  Outcomes in the children’s topic books evidence a broad and balanced geography curriculum and demonstrates the children’s acquisition of identified key knowledge and skills. Children have opportunities and are encouraged to review their own successes at the end of each session as well as identifying their own target areas, with teacher support. The impact and measure of this is to ensure that the children at St Thomas’s are equipped with geographical skills and knowledge that will enable them to be ready for the curriculum at Key Stage Three and for life as an adult in the wider world.


"Geography is a subject which holds the key to our future"


Actor, writer, traveler  - Michael Palin 

"The study of Geography is more than just memorising places on a map, it's about understanding the complexity of our world"

American President - Barack Obama

"It's surely our responsibility to do everything within our power to create a planet that provides a home not just for us but for all life on earth."

Presenter, conservationist  - Sir David Attenborough