“The study of geography is about more than just memorising places on a map. It’s about understanding the complexity of our world, appreciating the diversity of cultures that exist across continents. And in the end, it’s about using all that knowledge to help bridge divides and bring people together.”

Barack Obama

Intent

The intent of our Geography curriculum is to

  • Instil a sense of wonder and curiosity about the world and its diverse cultures.
  • Equip children with comprehensive knowledge of various global locations, people, resources, and natural and human environments.
  • Cultivate an understanding of the fundamental processes shaping our planet.
  • Explore the intricate relationship between natural and human processes, emphasising landscape formation and utilisation.
  • Encourage children to investigate and connect with their local community while recognising their place in the global context.
  • Develop essential skills in interpreting, questioning, and analysing geographical information and data sources.

RESPECT

Children will learn to respect and be curious about the different cultures we study. They will learn about their places in the local and global context and learn to be respectful of their environments.

RESILIENCE

Children will build upon previous skills and knowledge and use vocabulary and concepts that challenge.

INDEPENDENCE

Children are taught the skills and knowledge to carry out geographical enquiry independently.

RESPONSIBILITY

Children take responsibility for their learning by marking their work, responding to feedback, and ensuring that their presentation meets high expectations. Children also learn about being a responsible citizen of the world through our environmental and sustainability strands.

FRIENDSHIP

Children will become global citizens who value, respect and appreciate the world, its people and their surroundings.

Implementation

  • The curriculum focuses on the targets outlined in the National Curriculum for Years 1 to 6 and EYFS Development Matters.
  • Progression of knowledge, skills and vocabulary is carefully planned across year groups with opportunities to make meaningful connections with other projects and revise prior learning. 
  • Children explore geography through the following strands: locational knowledge; place knowledge; human and physical geography; geographical skills and fieldwork
  • Our curriculum provides a variety of opportunities for local environment studies, and exploring issues relating to local areas, as well as exploring places, cultures and events in the wider world.
  • Children across all year groups have access to Digimaps to support the study of geography and to highlight key knowledge and locations
  • Teachers are encouraged to use the school grounds, forest school and the local area to make learning relevant and engaging.

Impact

The intended impact is that children will:

  • Develop an enthusiasm for geography, both locally and further afield and aspire to learn more about the world.
  • Develop a deeper understanding of the world around them underpinned by a consideration and responsibility for their roles in making sustainable changes.
  • Acquire key geographical knowledge and skills which can be applied towards their next steps in education and throughout their lives.