Why study geography?

Geography is much more than simply learning about flags and capital cities as it plays a vital role in helping pupils to understand the world around them. We aim to inspire in pupils a fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. Our Geography curriculum equips students with the knowledge of a wide range of places, people and environments, together with a deep understanding of physical and human processes. Pupils are given opportunities to conduct enquiries and fieldwork in order to develop their geographical skills.

What do our pupils study?

Throughout Key Stages 1 and 2 pupils will study a wide range of themes based around geographical concepts including place, space, scale, diversity, human processes, physical processes and sustainability. Enquiry and fieldwork also feature prominently with pupils completing at least one project per year. Our programme of study can be viewed by using the link below:

Concepts Overview Download PDF

How do we assess progress in geography?

Students are assessed in three key areas:
- Geographical Knowledge
- Geographical Understanding
- Geographical Enquiry and Skills
In-class assessments will determine whether pupils are developing, meeting or exceeding the expected standards in geographical knowledge, understanding and skills. The progression documents for Key Stage 1, Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 can be found below.

Key Stage 1 Download PDF

Key Stage 2 Download Years 3 & 4 PDF

Key Stage 2 Download Years 5 & 6 PDF

How can I support my child with Geography?

Below are five top tips on how you can support your child with developing their geographical knowledge, understanding and skills:
  • 1.When out and about in your local area, talk to your child about the different features that they can see and whether they are human or natural features. Playing I Spy on the way to school is a simple way of developing your child’s awareness of the world around them.
  • 2.Toy and games can be a useful method to develop aspects of geographical understanding. Playing with farm sets, train sets, dolls houses and then talking about what goes where helps to develop spatial sense. For older children there are many board games with a strong geographical theme e.g. Atlas Adventures. Games such as Monopoly can also help to generate discussion.
  • 3.When preparing to go on a journey include your child in the planning process by looking at a road map or online route planner. Whilst on the journey discuss the route being taken by referring to the satellite navigation map or road planner.
  • 4.Holidays are an ideal opportunity to learn about new places. When on holiday discuss with your child how the landscape, climate, people and culture compares to their home area. Taking photos, creating a holiday diary/scrapbook, collecting postcards etc. all help your child develop their knowledge and understanding of different locations.
  • 5.Magazines, books, news programmes, films and even computer games can all provide your child with a view of distant places. Asking them questions about these locations will really help to develop your child’s curiosity and understanding of the world.

Useful Links:

https://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/mapzone/map-skills - This site produced by The Ordnance Survey is excellent site to help develop your map skills.
https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/subjects/zbkw2hv - This BBC site provides a range of video clips and games to help develop geographical knowledge, understanding and skills.
https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/ - National Geographic’s kids section is a great resource full of interesting facts about the world around us.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround - The BBC Newsround website provides up to date articles on a wide range of geographical issues.
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-geography-programmes-of-study/national-curriculum-in-england-geography-programmes-of-study - This government website outlines the knowledge, understanding and skills to be taught in Key Stages 1 and 2.

Knowledge Organisers

Year 1 

Year 1 Geography (Spatial Sense)

Year 1 Geography (The 7 Continents)

Year 4

Year 4 Geography The Local Area PDF

Year 5

Year 5 Geography Australia and area PDF

Year 5 Geography The World PDF

Year 5 Geography British Geography_.pdf

Year 6

Year 6 Geography Autumn One PDF

Year 6 Geography Autumn Two PDF

Year 6 Geography Spring Two PDF