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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.