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Geography Curriculum


Statement of Intent:

At Heap Bridge Village Primary School, we aspire to ensure that each and every one of our pupils develops in to a positive, pro-active learner who is proud of their achievements and well prepared for a successful life. Delivered through a vibrant curriculum, we believe that learning should be enjoyable, purposeful and challenging. We will equip pupils with the skills and dispositions they need for lifelong learning, teach them the importance of being pro-active, taking ownership of their own futures and ensuring they develop the highest expectations for themselves in their pursuit of excellence. We will do this within a safe and supportive environment of mutual understanding, positive relationships, respect and tolerance. Regardless of any barriers to learning, we will ensure that we work in partnership with school stakeholders to ensure that every child in our school can be proud of what they achieve.

Within our geography curriculum we aim to inspire in pupils a lifelong curiosity and fascination about the world and its people. In line with our school aims we will encourage them to develop respect and concern for all people, including those whose heritage, culture or religion is different from their own. As pupils progress, children will increase and deepen their locational and place knowledge as well as their understanding of physical and human geography in order to develop their geographical skills. We will help children to reflect upon their own impact on the earth and encourage them to form an interest in taking care of the world and its resources.

At Heap Bridge we are keen to develop the long term memory of our children and give opportunity to revisit and recap prior learning in order to support them to know more, remember more and do more.



Aims of our Geography Curriculum:

  • To stimulate children's interest and foster a sense of wonder in the world around them including the physical and social conditions in different parts of the world whether that be locally or worldwide.
  • To help pupils acquire a wide range of geographical knowledge and skills to enable them to understand the relationship between where they live, the Earth and its people.
  • To help pupils understand that the character of places derives from the interaction of people and environment, by increasing their locational and place knowledge through the use of engaging lessons, fieldwork and first hand experiences of the world.
  • To develop an appreciation of the how and why human actions change the environment locally, nationally and globally and how we can have a positive impact on our world whilst encouraging other to do so.
  • To enable children to understand the Earth’s features, the processes that give rise to key physical and human features of the world, how they change over time and the impact that this has on people and their lives.
  • To develop concern, respect and a sense of responsibility towards the global community and how we can contribute to be an inclusive community.
  • To develop the geographical skills needed to collect and analyse information gathered through first hand experiences of the environment and to carry out geographical enquiries relevant to their year group.
  • To enable pupils to interpret a range of sources of geographical information, including maps, diagrams, globes, aerial photographs and communicate geographical information in a variety of ways.
  • To provide our children with first hand experiences of the world in order to develop their place knowledge and apply their geographical skills in a range of real life contexts whilst gaining an appreciation for different ways of life.
  • To monitor and evaluate the quality of teaching and learning and regularly assess the standards of pupil achievement across Foundation Stage, Key Stage One and Key Stage Two.
  • To use geography to develop pupils' thinking skills, skills in literacy, numeracy and computing in order to promote pupils' awareness and understanding of gender, cultural, spiritual and moral issues.
  • To provide cross-curricular opportunities that enable children to identify the connections between subjects and topics and how we can apply our knowledge and skills into a range of different contexts.
  • To support the development of geographical knowledge and skills through a range of texts that are revisited throughout other aspects of the year group curriculums.
  • To ensure that our geography curriculum is accessible to all children within our school, including those who have SEND, EAL or other additional needs through relevant adaptations.


Development of knowledge, skills and understanding

The objectives of geography teaching in the school are based on the requirements of the National Curriculum Programmes of Study for Key Stages 1 and 2. The geography curriculum of the school will ensure pupils experience the following key aspects of study:

  • Locational knowledge
  • Place knowledge
  • Human and physical geography
  • Geographical skills and fieldwork


KS1&2 Curriculum Overviews:



Implementation Plan:

Subject Knowledge & Curriculum Planning

To ensure a clear focus on the above priorities the school has set out a detailed ‘Long Term Curriculum Implementation Plan’ which clearly sets out a progression framework for pupil’s acquisition of knowledge, skills and understanding across the range of curriculum content taught from Year 1 to Year 6. This framework also supports teacher planning and our current development of pupil ‘knowledge organisers’ (Key Stage 2) which link to our recent focus and research in to the use of spaced learning and quizzing strategies to support the longer term retention of knowledge acquisition.


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The impact of our work in geography is assessed using the end point statements at the end of the implementation plan. This is evidenced through children's work and the discussions teachers and school leaders have with pupils about their learning. A sample of children's experiences across the curriculum can also be seen on our school vblog.


Geography Blog

Below is a selection of blog posts from the school blog linked to the work children have enjoyed in this subject.



A copy of our policy for geography and other subject specific documents can be found in our geography One Drive folders below:




Subject Policy