Our geography curriculum inspires in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its inhabitants. The curriculum 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. The curriculum is designed with knowledge underpinning the following themes: location and place (human and physical features and processes), climate, regions (flora and fauna, biomes, vegetation belts), trade and human-environment interaction. Pupils build knowledge and make connections within these themes as they progress through the curriculum.

Our curriculum aims to build pupils’ substantive and disciplinary knowledge progressively over time which are inter-linked throughout each unit. Pupils gain a substantive knowledge (facts) in local, British and global geography through the geographical themes. They gain competency in disciplinary knowledge (skills) through collection, analysis, interpretation and communication of geographical sources and enquiry such as fieldwork.

Disciplinary knowledge is used when pupils consider where geographical knowledge originates, and how they can learn the practices of geographers. Substantive knowledge sets out the content that pupils will learn:

  • locational knowledge
  • place knowledge
  • environmental, physical and human geography
  • geography skills and fieldwork
  • Subject specific vocabulary

Pupils also learn about influential people who have affected local and global geography. These may be conservationists, explorers or scientists. This inspires pupils to consider future professions. 

We promote the cultural development of pupils by developing their understanding and appreciation of the wide range of cultures in the school and further afield as an essential element of their preparation for life in modern Britain.