Our intention in Geography is to encourage and assist all children to develop critical understanding of and respect for the environment and world in which they live. Children begin to understand that what happens in the world has an impact on their own lives, and that they have a role as a global citizen.

Our Geography Curriculum is knowledge and skills based, and is carefully planned to ensure progression of both across the school. Where possible Geography is linked to an overarching topic, but any topic links are purposeful and engaging. Some knowledge and skills are taught more discretely, to ensure a full coverage of the National Curriculum objectives. The long term plan is reviewed annually to ensure we are reflecting the needs and cultural capital of the pupils.

Our ‘Golden Threads’ which are woven throughout our Geography curriculum are Places and People.  These are linked to ‘Big ideas of Geography’ where Place encompasses place/space/scale and People encompasses physical and human processes, interdependence, environmental impact, sustainable development, cultural awareness, cultural diversity

A range of sources are used to develop pupils understanding and knowledge. The use of maps, photographs, portraits, artefacts, written materials, ICT based materials, data and TV/film extracts supports and enhance the learning for our pupils.  Fieldwork and visits are a purposeful and integral part of the curriculum, and enable the children to embed their learning within the context of their own lives and their own localities. Through this children develop a sense of self and of their place in the world, and their role as a global citizen.  Examples include trips to Watermead Park, Warwick Castle and planned visits from the Fire Brigade, Ambulance Service and our local PCSO.

Pupils work in a variety of contexts – individually, in groups and as a class. They present their knowledge and understanding in a variety of ways (for example, through drama, debate and various writing styles).


Oracy is a key focus within the Geography curriculum, to develop Literacy skills across all subject areas and to establish pupils as eloquent and reflective geographers.  Subject specific vocabulary is highlighted on the curriculum for each year group, and is progressive and ambitious.


We believe that every child should be respected as an individual and has the right to learn and develop their talents and abilities (Article 29). We adapt the curriculum and supply resources to suit pupil’s individual needs, including; social, emotional and mental health, physical, sensory and cognitive, so that every child can access the curriculum and further their learning. Children with complex needs including children with autism and social communication needs access the curriculum at their own level of personal development. This may not follow the continuum due to their individual learning profile, therefore they may not necessarily access all aspects of the progression map in order. For example, in reading, a child may be able to read complex texts, but not have the comprehension skills to match. The individual needs of all children will be accounted for in the provision and teaching and learning.

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