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How do we plan geography so that children build skills and knowledge in progressive stages?

Our geography long term planning:

Learning Pathways

Statement of Intent

Through Jesus, light of the world, we ignite the spark of curiosity, creativity and individuality. 

Our Christian Values of love, trust and justice underpin our School Vision and are therefore embedded within our broad, balanced, inclusive curriculum. 

At Killinghall, Geography supports our children to understand their ever-changing world, and their place within it. Our high-quality geography education inspires pupils to be curious about the world and its people, and our quality-first teaching equips pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes.

The Geography Curriculum at Killinghall draws from, and makes full use of, the immediate and wider local area, enabling children to develop a deep understanding of their locality. Our Geography Curriculum is based around four key concepts; Location and Place, Planning and Decision Making, Cause and Effect, and Change. Intertwined with the concepts, our curriculum closely follows the National Curriculum for Geography. Our Geography Curriculum inspires pupils to:

  • Develop contextual knowledge of the location of globally significant places – both terrestrial and marine – including their defining physical and human characteristics and how these provide a geographical context for understanding the actions of processes.
  • Understand the processes that give rise to key physical and human geographical features of the world, how these are interdependent and how they bring about spatial variation and change over time.
  • Demonstrate the geographical skills needed to:
  • Collect, analyse and communicate with a range of data gathered through experiences of fieldwork that deepen their understanding of geographical processes.
  • Interpret a range of sources of geographical information, including maps, diagrams, globes, aerial photographs and Geographical Information Systems (GIS).
  • Communicate geographical information in a variety of ways, including through maps, numerical and quantitative skills and writing at length.

Geography teaching & learning approaches

Our concepts run through our geography lessons, so as to inspire the children to think and talk like geographers. We aim to ensure all pupils consider how geographers construct geographical knowledge, understanding and skills, as these provide the frameworks and approaches that explain how the Earth’s features at different scales are shaped, interconnected and change over time. We continually develop pupil expertise, and our curriculum organisation allows children to draw upon prior knowledge in future learning. Moreover, our Geography Curriculum allows us to address misconceptions about places and people around the world.

Overall, Geography at Killinghall allows our children to be curious, creative learners, and gives them opportunities to showcase their individuality through their interests, what they know and what they learn about the world around them. Our inclusive curriculum engages all children, regardless of their starting points, and entitles them to the same quality of teaching and learning opportunities. The teaching of Geography equips our children with powerful knowledge and skills, and in return, our children leave us as social, emotional, responsible citizens, ready to explore their world further.

Useful websites

National Geographic: 
National Geographic Kids (natgeokids.com)

Royal Geography Association: 
Schools - RGS

Geography Association:
Home - Geographical Association (geography.org.uk)

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