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Geography Curriculum Statement


What is the school trying to produce through the teaching of Geography across the year groups?

  • The intent of Geography in Hawthorne Primary School is to develop knowledge about the world.
  • Children will learn about location knowledge, place knowledge, human and physical features and fieldwork.
  • Children will gain a sense of understanding about current issues in the media. These will be age appropriate.
  • We aim to support children to become conscientious towards the environment.
  • Geography will involve cross curricular links, including our value-based education.
  • Children will be immersed in geography and use key skills to develop their understanding.
  • Children will show curiosity, wonder and ask questions about the world.
  • Children will show respect to the environment and resources.
  • We aim for children to be inspired to learn.


How are we ensuring we meet our intentions in Geography across school?

  • Teaching will follow the curriculum ladder to ensure that progression is made. Progression will be shown over a sequence of lessons, through the units and through year groups.
  • Children will develop contextual knowledge of location. Global and in their local area.
  • Children will be aware of human and physical change over time.
  • Children will use subject specific vocabulary.
  • Children will be taught key skills like collecting, analysing and communicating, comparing and contrasting.
  • Children will interpret a range of Geographical sources including maps, globes, photographs.
  • Creative approaches will be used to show the different ways in which the past can be represented, communicated and organised.
  • Teachers will be involved in informing children of Eco topics.
  • An Eco team is formed within school, they look after the school grounds and current environmental projects and topics.


What will we see if we are successfully meeting our intent and how will we see it?

  • Eco display will show current topic being taught that term.
  • Pupils will be confident and enjoy talking about their learning.
  • Pupils will be able to use key vocabulary.
  • Pupils will show key skills being used.
  • Books will show age appropriate work that teaches all 4 areas (location knowledge, place knowledge, human and physical geography and field work).
  • Evidence of a range of teaching strategies, including indoor and outdoor learning, external visits, role play and sources.
  • Topic displays will show children’s work and children will be able to talk about what they have learnt.
  • Assessment will show progression across the year.