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At Heather Garth we shape our geography curriculum to ensure it is fully inclusive to every child. Our aims are to fulfil the requirements of the National Curriculum for Geography; providing a broad and balanced curriculum; ensuring the progressive development of geographical concepts, knowledge and skills; and for the children develop a love for geography.

Within our classrooms, we follow rich and ambitious lines of enquiry by answering big questions such as, How are rivers formed and how do rivers change as they journey from source to mouth? We teach pupils the knowledge they need in small steps to answer these challenging questions successfully. Studying Geography in this way inspires pupil’s curiosity, encourages them to ask critical questions and enables them to have a better understanding of the geographical world around them.

In our Geography curriculum, we have thought about key threads that run through the units of learning. These include My Place in the World, Sustainability and Interconnectivity. By carefully mapping these themes across the units and revisiting them in different sequences of learning, ensures that our pupils are continually making links and connections.

Geography is taught to children in the early years through topics using cross curricular links to make it relevant to the children. Geography is about people, places and the world around us. Children see Geography each day as they learn to make sense of the world and move about within it.

We aim to provide a high-quality geography curriculum, which inspires pupil’s curiosity and fascination about the world and its people. Our teaching equips pupils with knowledge about places and people; resources in the environment; physical and human processes; formation and use of landscapes.

We also aim to develop geographical skills through: collecting and analysing data; using maps, globes, aerial photographs and digital mapping to name and identify countries, continents and oceans; and communicating information in a variety of ways. We want children to enjoy and love learning about geography by gaining this knowledge and skills, not just through experiences in the classroom, but also with the use of fieldwork and educational visits.



High standards of teaching and learning in geography are implemented through a topic-based curriculum approach that is progressive throughout the whole school. Cross curricular links are made, where appropriate, to allow children to communicate geographical information in a variety of ways, including through maps, numerical and quantitative skills and writing at length.  This also allows for learning to be purposeful and meaningful.


We aim to ensure that all children:

Develop age-appropriate, accurate knowledge of the location, physical and human characteristics of a wide range of globally significant places.

Use this knowledge to provide a geographical context to study and understand the actions of important geographical processes.

Understand that these processes give rise to the key physical and human geographical features of the world, how these are interdependent and how they bring about variation and change to the geographical landscape.

Be able to use geographical vocabulary which is appropriate and accurate and which develops and evolves from EYFS to KS1 and through to KS2.

Use their experiences of fieldwork, to deepen understanding of geographical processes.

Use and interpret a wide range of sources of geographical information, including maps, diagrams, globes and aerial photographs.

Promote children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.


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