Curriculum Statement – Geography


Geography is, by nature, an investigative subject that provides answers to questions about natural and human aspects of the world. At All Saints’ the teaching of Geography is underpinned by our Christian Vision: Working Together, Valuing Everyone, Learning for Life; children are encouraged to develop a greater understanding of the world, as well as their place in it. The Geography curriculum enables children to develop knowledge and skills that are progressive and transferable to other curriculum areas. We seek to inspire in children a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people which will remain with them for the rest of their lives. We aim to promote global citizenship, developing the children’s interest and understanding of diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes.


Geography is taught in half-termly topics, alternating with History throughout the year. Through their work in Geography, children learn about their local area and compare their life in this area with that in other regions in the United Kingdom and in the rest of the world. As pupils progress, they deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and  of the formation and use of landscapes and environments. They learn how to draw and interpret maps and use subject-specific vocabulary relating to human and physical Geography, with accuracy and confidence.

Teachers have identified the key knowledge and skills for each topic and consideration has been given to ensure progression across topics throughout each year group and across the key stage. Consideration is also given to how greater depth will be taught, learnt and demonstrated within each lesson, as well as how learners will be supported in line with the school’s commitment to inclusion. Cross-curricular outcomes in Geography are specifically planned for, where appropriate. The local area is also utilised and teachers plan for opportunities to learn outside the classroom. Questioning and regular “low-stakes” quizzes (retrieval practice) used to promote long-term learning


Outcomes in Geography books evidence a broad and balanced Geography curriculum. As children progress through the school, they acquire key knowledge and skills and develop a sound knowledge and understanding of both human and physical Geography. Children appreciate their local area and its place within the wider geographical context. Children gain an appreciation of life in different societies and develop a sense of other cultures and how nations rely upon each other. At the end of each year, children achieve age related expectations in Geography and retain the knowledge and skills learnt from each unit.

The Victorians and Our Local Area
As part of our cross curricular learning, children have been considering how the Victorian era impacted our local area in their history lessons.  We have been linking this to our geography knowledge and human development of our local area.  They have looked at maps (historic and current) to see how land use has changed over time and how the immediate local area to our school has changed from farm land / fields to housing development.  The children have also been considering how the town of Leamington Spa has changed and grown during the Victorian era as more people were attracted to the town due to the Spa waters.  They looked at maps over the years to see how the town expanded and land use changed.
Geography Fieldwork Week
Year 6 have been looking at water features on maps of our local area - identifying such features as a confluence, meander, aqueduct, viaduct and a stream.  We then went out into the local area with our maps to spot the features we had identified.
Following on with their map work, year 6 have been developing their understanding of scale and the concept of distance using scale lines and measuring distances on maps and atlases.
Another aspect of our fieldwork, was to connect with the local environment.  Looking at human and physical features in our local area and using their senses to connect with the environment and then produce a sketch of their chosen viewpoint.