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Primary National Curriculum for Geography 2014

“A high-quality geography education should inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. Teaching should equip pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human 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.”


Geography is a foundation subject within the National Curriculum. At Lindfield Primary Academy we teach Geography as part of our Creative Curriculum, encompassed within topics like ‘Out and About with the Jolly Postman’, ‘An African Adventure’ and ‘Aiming High’. Through our curriculum map we adopt a creative approach fostering links with other curriculum subjects such as Science, History and English, to make the children’s learning both exciting and meaningful. Our academy follows the programmes of study from 2014 National Curriculum that specifies what to teach in each year group.

Our curriculum intent for Geography

With these aspirations, our intent for the Geography curriculum are:

  • To help children acquire and develop the skills and confidence to advance their geographical understanding.
  • To develop an understanding and use of geographical language to communicate their understanding of the world around them.
  • To stimulate the children’s interest in and curiosity about their surroundings.
  • To nurture a sense of wonder about the world.
  • To 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.
  • To develop the children’s knowledge, to encourage a sense of responsibility for the environments and people of the world we live in, so they will think about how it can be improved and sustained.
  • To develop a sense of place and identity by learning about the United Kingdom and its relationship with other countries.

The programmes of study for Geography are separated into KS1 and KS2. Our intent is for children in each key stage to foster their locational knowledge, build a greater understanding of place, learn about human and physical geography and develop geographical and fieldwork skills.

Early Years explore geographical themes and content through the ‘Understanding of the World’ strand of the EYFS curriculum. This involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.

We will implement these actions by...

At Lindfield Primary Academy, our Geography curriculum is underpinned by a broad range of stimulating topics designed to bring learning to life with the use of key texts, studies of our locality, mapping, school trips, studies of natural phenomena and different regions of the world and so on. Building on strong links with the National Curriculum, we foster an enquiry-based approach to children’s learning about understanding the physical and human aspects of our world.

Our medium term plans set out our termly topics developing geographical themes, making links with other curriculum subjects such as History, RE, Art, Science and English, where possible. These are identified on year group learning journeys and medium term plans. Geographical units taught across the academy are mapped out on our long term planning, with a planned progression of skills that ensures children consistently develop skills and knowledge, building on previous years and ensuring challenge for all.

Children’s work is showcased through high quality displays and assemblies, whilst ‘Learning through Stories’ weeks centred on a key text highlight learning across the curriculum. They provide an opportunity to focus on different subject areas including Geography.

The impact of this learning will be...

Whole School Geography Plan - Impact and Skills
Whole School Geography Plan

Celebrating Fairtrade Fortnight together as a school and thinking about the impact of climate change

Children exploring the local area and using mapping skills