Purpose of study

Our Geography curriculum is designed to provoke and provide answers to questions about the natural and human aspects of the world. Through the teaching and learning of geography, children grow a greater understanding and knowledge of the world and its place in it. Children develop knowledge and skills that are transferable to other curriculum areas, which can and are used to promote their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Our Geography curriculum helps to develop the pupils’ reading skills.

Our Geography education inspires pupils with a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. The teaching equips pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. As pupils progress, their growing knowledge about the world should help them deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes and the formation and use of landscapes and environments. Geographical knowledge, understanding and skills provide the frameworks and approaches that explain how the Earth’s features at different scales are shaped, interconnected and change over time.


Our Geography curriculum is coherently planned and sequenced towards cumulatively sufficient knowledge and skills for future learning and employment.

Our curriculum for Geography ensures that all pupils:

  • develop contextual knowledge of the location of globally significant places – both terrestrial and marine – including their defining physical and human characteristics and how these provide a geographical context for understanding the actions of processes;
  • 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;
  • 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 various ways, including through maps, numerical and quantitative skills and writing at length.

Progression of Skills

Documents below detail the knowledge and skills that pupils will gain at each stage of the curriculum.

Progression of Knowledge and Skills

Key Stage 1 Progression of Skills

Key Stage 2 Progression of Skills

Long Term Plan

Geography Long-Term Plans

Vocabulary Progression

Whole School Geography Vocabulary Progression

End Points

By the end of each key stage, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the relevant programme of study.  Please see below:

Geography End Points

Spiritual, Moral, Social & Cultural

Geography links with SMSC


Assessment for learning is carried out throughout each lesson taught, either through observation or marking. Live nudges are used as and when needed, and some formative and summative assessments are carried out throughout the year.


  1. In-house.
  2. Cross-school