KS1 & KS2 Geography


Curriculum explainer

Our curriculum nurtures pupils’ personal and everyday geographies, sparking their curiosity about the world, and guiding them to explore places and processes beyond their existing knowledge. Our curriculum is structured around carefully planned pupil progression, encompassing the knowledge and skills required by the national curriculum in a range of regional and thematic units. Key concepts and locations, including our local area, are revisited in increasingly complex contexts. Simultaneously, the curriculum imparts knowledge and skills of enquiry, mapwork, and fieldwork, whilst being contextualised and modelled throughout. This versatile curriculum connects learning to real-world contexts, empowering students with the knowledge to grapple with complex issues, such as climate change and sustainability, at both a local and global scale. The curriculum aims to enable pupils to know and understand more about the world, and view it through a geographical lens.

Subject principles

  • Focuses on the knowledge and skills specific to geography, including:
    • World knowledge (encompassing locational, place, environmental, physical and human processes) developed through thematic and place-based studies at a range of scales;
    • How geographical knowledge originates and is revised.
  • Develops pupils’ knowledge and application of geographical investigation skills, including:
    • Using maps, Geographical Information Systems (GIS), spatial statistics, aerial and satellite imagery;
    • Using the fieldwork enquiry process and associated data collection, presentation and analysis techniques.
  • Develops understanding of contemporary geographical debates and real world challenges through organising, connecting and applying what they have been taught.
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Our curriculum partner

The Geographical Association bring a wealth of experience and expertise to the development of this curriculum. They also have an extensive membership base, embracing the whole range of teachers across the sector from every age group and every type of school, with an important focus on building a curriculum founded on strong principles informed by educational research, using careful sequencing and coherence.