“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” – Laozi

Our Geography Curriculum is designed to develop pupil’s fascination of the world and their place within it. Our curriculum builds on the Knowledge and Understanding of The World our children gain in EYFS and is centred around the ‘big ideas’ of: climate, diversity, location, vegetation, sustainability, trade and landscape

Our Geography Curriculum aims to create children who:

  • are curious about the world and its people
  • have an understanding of their place within the world and how they can impact upon this
  • show tolerance and respect towards cultural differences and
  • have a commitment to sustainable development and an appreciation of what ‘global citizenship’ means
  • understand human and physical features in the world, including natural disasters and climate change
  • are confident using a range of geography-based skills.

Key concepts are revisited so that children can develop a deeper understanding as they journey through the school. Meaningful links have been made vertically, horizontally and diagonally to build a 3D curriculum which allows children to make connections with other subjects across and within year groups and encourages retrieval.

Each unit of work begins with an overarching enquiry question. Learning then builds over a sequence of lessons to enable children to answer this overarching question. This approach provides opportunities for rich discussion and reflection. Throughout our curriculum, we provide children with opportunities to investigate their local area in order to help children think about their heritage and what makes our local area special.

Our Geography Curriculum is also supported through learning opportunities outside of the classroom, including visits and residentials. In addition, we promote Geography through special events such as our annual Harvest Festival and World Environment Day.

In-depth studies of the local area, the UK and its regions, and places of global significance are studied to equip the children with knowledge and appreciation of diverse places and cultures. This further embeds our school ethos of ‘Everyone is equal, everyone is different, everyone is welcome and everyone achieves their best.’

Children develop a deep understanding of the world’s physical and human features and explore these through a creative and dynamic curriculum. Topic-specific vocabulary is taught throughout our curriculum using Knowledge Organisers to enable children to articulate their thoughts and ideas clearly.

By the end of KS2 pupils will have experienced a depth of learning in:

  •   Locational knowledge
  •   Place knowledge
  •   Human and physical geography
  •   Geographical skills and fieldwork

Children learn how to think, speak and work ‘like a geographer’ by developing their geographical skills over time through a variety of fieldwork activities. Our Geography Curriculum is enriched through our National Curriculum + offer, Cultural Capital and ’50 Fantastic Things’.


Curriculum progression     Laying the foundations in Geography

Year 1

Y1 Where do we live? 

Y1 What do you know about the UK and Surrounding Seas?

Year 2

Y2 What are the human and physical features of a landscape?

Y2 How is Islamabad, Pakistan different to London, England?

Year 3

Y3 Is someone who lives in England in danger from a volcano or earthquake?

Y3 Everything and everyone in Europe is the same.  Do you agree?

Year 4

Y4 Is everywhere in the UK the same?

Year 5

Y5 Where do mountains come from?

Y5 Compass Points, Grid References and Maps

Year 6

Y6 Vegetation belts and biomes