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Geography Vision:

"For pupils to understand their place in the world- both locally and globally.  To inspire in pupils about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives.    Through a carefully planned curriculum, provide pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments.  To deepen pupils’ understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes, features and environments. Develop geographical skills needed to collect, analyse and communicate with a range of data gathered through experiences of fieldwork.  Communicate and present geographical findings in a variety of ways."


Geography is taught in Reception as an integral part of the thematic learning through child-initiated and adult led activities. The children are given the opportunity to find out about their place in the world through studying ‘Our school’ where they compare their own immediate environments to those they are familiar with. This gives them the opportunity to learn basic locational vocabulary and to learn more about their place in the school. In addition, EYFS study transportation with a focus on directional language and human geographical features. Geography will also be explored through a wide range of world festivals, such as: Diwali, Chinese New Year, and Christmas. In the Foundation stage, geography makes a significant contribution to developing a child’s understanding of the world through activities such as looking at pictures of significant places, visiting local areas and using basic directional language to discover meaning within their own lives and surroundings. Provision is in line with people, culture and communities and understanding the natural world (ELGs 14 and 15).

In KS2 lessons will be varied in outcome and will include a variety of different lesson elements (presentation, drama, discussion etc.) to ensure children receive a wide range of learning experiences to deepen their understanding in geography.   

The knowledge organiser is at the heart of each geography unit being taught throughout Key Stage 1 and 2. The core content is meticulously curated and itemised to clarify the necessary (but not sufficient) knowledge necessary to develop a sophisticated schema for each unit of work


A knowledge organiser acts as a planning, teaching and assessment tool. It provides complete clarity to leaders, teachers, pupils and parents about what is expected to be learnt and remembered by the end of the lesson, the unit, and in the long term. Children with additional needs have access to adapted Knowledege Organisers, where key vocabulary and concepts are presented through the use of PECs symbols and graphics.

Lessons contain low stakes quizzes, which are efficient, effective and motivating for pupils, whilst providing teachers with vital information about what pupils have misunderstood, and/or what they are struggling to remember. These questions can be easily recycled, utilising the spacing effect and ensuring content is retained in for the long term, and not forgotten soon after the lesson or unit has ended.

Fieldwork provides opportunities for children learn about the world around them through first hand experiences. Fieldwork is purposeful with a desired outcome and allows for the gathering of data, where applicable.