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Geography is an enquiry led subject that seeks answers to fundamental questions such as: Where is this place? What is it like? (And why?) How and why is it changing? How does this place compare with other places? How and why are places connected? It is imperative that a geographer doesn’t just answer questions, but also asks and debates them! What could/should the world be like in the future? What can we do to influence change?


The teaching of geography follows the National Curriculum, and is integrated within our topics as part of our Voyagers program. Our curriculum focuses on acquiring facts and knowledge, as well as developing geographical skills. Great emphasis is placed upon teaching geographical knowledge and vocabulary. We teach children about larger global concepts such as humankind, place, significance, processes and change.


We aim to inspire pupils with a curiosity and fascination about the world, and its people, that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. We aim to develop a sense of place, whilst exploring, investigating and understanding the man-made, and natural processes, that impact on our planet. We want to equip 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. It is our vision that through geographical learning, children will become accountable citizens, understanding their role in protecting our world and environment, and knowing how they can make positive changes for the future.


We want our children to gain confidence, and have access to practical experiences. One way we achieve this is through local fieldwork by exploring the immediate vicinity of the school. Bennerley Viaduct and Shipley Park are two local places we visit. 








The impact of quality-first teaching coupled with an exciting and inspiring geography curriculum, will foster a love and enthusiasm for the subject. Well-constructed and well-taught lessons provide pupils with opportunities to research and apply skills independently – skills essential for lifelong learning.  Subject monitoring indicates high expectations, and reflect what pupils have learned to the expected standard.  All learning builds towards clearly defined end of Key Stage objectives. Pupils will leave KS2 with a strong knowledge of their local area, and a confidence of the location of other countries and cities around the world. All pupils will be able to discuss and recall a variety of events and where they happened in the world, as well as explain aspects of human and physical geography and confidently use maps and atlases (both physical and digital). Knowledge and skills will have developed progressively to not only enable pupils to meet the requirements of the National Curriculum, but to prepare pupils to become competent geographers in Secondary education.