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Geography at Central Primary School


As a school, we believe it is important that children develop an understanding of different places and environments. Our geography teaching focuses on enabling children to think as geographers. Through their work in Geography, children learn about their local area, other countries and they will compare their life in these areas with that of other UK areas and the rest of the word. 

The units have been chosen to deepen children’s understanding and knowledge of the world around them.Through the geography curriculum children will learn how to draw and interpret maps, and develop the skills of research, investigation, analysis and problem solving through the use of Oracy based activities and written work. Within their study of Human Geography children gain an appreciation of life in other countries and cultures. In Physical Geography children learn about the world around them, the processes that occur and features of the physical environment. In order to do this, we place an emphasis on examining geographical sources and by undertaking fieldwork. Geography fieldwork should be conducted both in the local area around the school and as part of visits to geographically interesting sites.

Work completed during Geography lessons is recorded in the pupil’s notebooks. These pieces of work show the knowledge and skills learnt during each unit. Work from these lessons can be created in a variety of ways to include: note-taking, diagrams and fieldwork maps in addition to formal written work. These notebooks progress through the school with the children allowing each teacher to see prior knowledge and understanding whilst also providing the pupils with a resource to refer to in their later learning.

The curriculum aims for Geography are:

  • develop contextual knowledge of the location of places, seas and oceans, including their defining physical and human characteristics 
  • understand the processes that give rise to key physical and human geographical features of the world, how these are interdependent and how they bring about spatial variation and change over time 
  • are competent in the geographical skills needed to: collect, analyse and communicate with a range of data gathered through experiences of fieldwork that deepen their understanding of geographical processes 
  • interpret a range of sources of geographical information, including maps, diagrams, globes, aerial photographs and Geographical Information Systems (GIS) 
  • communicate geographical information in a variety of ways, including maps and writing at length
  • gain knowledge and understanding of places in the world and what it means to be a citizen in a multi-cultural country
  • develop a commitment to sustainability, and an appreciation of what ‘global citizenship’ means

Please find more information about the units the pupils learn from the Curriculum Overviews on the class pages.

Class pages with links to the Curriculum Overviews
Nursery Reception Year 1 Year  2 Year 3 Year 4 Year 5 Year 6 SLCN base Forest

Please take a look at our Curriculum policy to see more details.

Further information in the National Curriculum.

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