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Geography Purpose of Study


We teach Geography 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 and equip them to make their own way in it. We want them to develop a greater understanding and knowledge of the world, as well as their place in it.


We want our children to:

  • ask questions about the natural and human aspects of the world
  • develop critical thinking skills
  • develop knowledge and skills that are transferable to other curriculum areas
  • develop their interest and understanding of diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments
  • acquire a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes
  • Collect and analyse data and learn how to draw and interpret maps
  • use subject-specific vocabulary relating to human and physical geography


The children focus on substantive concepts to develop and deepen a coherent understanding of key concepts, and their relevance to their locality and the wider world; these are detailed in the concept overview.


Children focus on disciplinary skills within each topic. These are defined as:

  • Mapping skills: locating on a local scale
  • Mapping skills: locating on a global scale
  • Mapping skills: encoding
  • Observing and recording the environment
  • Understanding interconnections
  • Locational knowledge