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Intent: Our vision at Kingsmoor is to inspire our children to be excited about learning and curious about the world they live in. Our geography curriculum:


  • Inspires in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives.
  •  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. 
  • Develops knowledge about the world helping them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments. 
  • Develops geographical knowledge, understanding and skills providing the frameworks and approaches that explain how the Earth’s features at different scales are shaped, interconnected and change over time. 
  • Celebrates our community that is rich in culture and diversity and makes learning relevant and meaningful to the children’s own lives and experiences. 
  • Deepens understanding of many contemporary challenges including climate change, food security, energy choices and encourages pupils to be global citizens, educated; aware of the world we live in and the positive impact we can have.


Geography is embedded in our topic-based approach with teachers planning sequences of lessons that make connections with prior learning while building children’s knowledge and skills.

  • Key Stage One: Pupils should develop knowledge about the world, the United Kingdom and their locality. They should understand basic subject-specific vocabulary relating to human and physical geography and begin to use geographical skills, including first-hand observation, to enhance their local awareness. 
  • Key Stage Two: Pupils should extend their knowledge and understanding beyond the local area. This will include the location and characteristics of a range of the world’s most significant human and physical features. They should develop their use of geographical knowledge, understanding and skills to enhance their locational and place knowledge.


Each topic has an overview enquiry question to connect to ‘big ideas’ whilst also ensuring that pupils see geography as a subject in its own right. Opportunities to practise and embed skills are planned for so that they are revisited and refined over time. The knowledge and skills that children will develop throughout each geography topic are mapped across each year group and across the school to ensure progression. Medium term planning sequences learning intentions and learning activities including context, modelling, differentiation, challenge and enquiry; knowledge organisers carefully define the key facts, vocabulary and maps. Field work is a statutory part of the national curriculum and is undertaken on a regular basis. Our geography curriculum ensures children engage regularly with the outside world and develop skills in meaningful and current contexts.


Impact: All children are assessed in Geography by their teachers, on a termly basis. These teacher assessments are carefully discussed and monitored and this information is then used to inform future teaching and learning in Geography.


Geography programme of study KS1 and KS2



Understanding the world involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community. The frequency and range of children’s personal experiences increases their knowledge and sense of the world around them – from visiting parks, libraries and museums to meeting important members of society such as police officers, nurses and firefighters. In addition, listening to a broad selection of stories, non-fiction, rhymes and poems will foster their understanding of our culturally, socially, technologically and ecologically diverse world. As well as building important knowledge, this extends their familiarity with words that support understanding across domains. Enriching and widening children’s vocabulary will support later reading comprehension.


  • Use world maps, atlases and globes. 
  • Use simple compass directions (North, South, East and West). 
  • Use locational and directional language (near and far, left and right) to describe the location of routes featured on a map. 
  • Use aerial photographs and plan perspectives to recognise landmarks and basic and physical features. 
  • Devise a simple map. 
  • Use and construct basic symbols in a key. 
  • Use simple fieldwork and observational skills to study the local environment.


  • Use world maps, atlases, globes and digital computer mapping to locate countries. 
  • Use the 8 points of a compass. 
  • Use 4 and 6 grid references. 
  • Use symbols and keys including Ordnance Survey maps to build knowledge of the UK and the wide world. 
  • Use fieldwork to observe, measure, record and present the human and physical features in the local area using a range of methods.