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Geography Curriculum

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Our Geography curriculum provides children with opportunities to develop their locational and place knowledge, to develop their understanding of physical and human features and also to develop geographical and fieldwork skills. These areas are outlined below.


Locational knowledge


  •  They will learn to locate the world’s countries, using maps to focus on Europe (including the location of Russia) and North and South America, concentrating on their environmental regions, key physical and human characteristics, countries, and major cities.
  • Learn to name and locate counties and cities of the United Kingdom, geographical regions and their identifying human and physical characteristics, key topographical features (including hills, mountains, coasts and rivers), and land-use patterns; and understand how some of these aspects have changed over time.
  • Learn to identify the position and significance of latitude, longitude, Equator, Northern Hemisphere, Southern Hemisphere, the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn, Arctic and Antarctic Circle, the Prime/Greenwich Meridian and time zones (including day and night)


Place knowledge


  • They will learn to understand geographical similarities and differences through the study of human and physical geography of a region of the United Kingdom, a region in a European country and a region within North or South America


Human and physical geography


They will learn to describe and understand key aspects of:

  •  Physical geography, including: climate zones, biomes and vegetation belts, rivers, mountains, volcanoes and earthquakes, and the water cycle
  •  Human geography, including: types of settlement and land use, economic activity including trade links, and the distribution of natural resources including energy, food, minerals and water.


Geographical skills and fieldwork


  • Learn to use maps, atlases, globes and digital/computer mapping to locate countries and describe features studied
  • Learn to use the eight points of a compass, four and six-figure grid references, symbols and key (including the use of Ordnance Survey maps) to build their knowledge of the United Kingdom and the wider world
  • Use fieldwork to observe, measure, record and present the human and physical features in the local area using a range of methods, including sketch maps, plans and graphs, and digital technologies.


It is paramount that geography work is purposeful and building on pupils’ prior knowledge, allowing them to develop their geographical skills. Pupils should be clear what the intended outcomes are and have a means to measure their own work against this. In Geography, children are expected to be reflective and evaluate their work, thinking about how they can make changes and keep improving. 


Our Geography curriculum is taught through:


  • High quality teaching - staff have high expectations of all children.
  • Imparting knowledge accurately and with enthusiasm which generates high levels of commitment from children.
  • Providing constructive feedback to children.


We also:


  • Display and celebrate the pupils’ work in their class, around the school and on the school website.
  • Hold WOW events.
  • Organise experts and outside visitors to lead workshops and /or assemblies to inspire and motivate the children.
  • Organise local fieldwork and trips to the local environment
  • Encourage outdoor learning
  • Organise regular school trips