Geography

AUTUMN

SPRING

SUMMER

YEAR 3

VILLAGES, TOWNS & CITIES

MOUNTAINS, VOLCANOES & EARTHQUAKES

WATER, WEATHER & CLIMATE

YEAR 4

RIVERS

MIGRATION

NATURAL RESOURCES IN NORTHERN CHILE

YEAR 5

INFORMAL SETTLEMENTS

BIOMES

ENERGY & SUSTAINABILITY

YEAR 6

POPULATION

GLOBALISATION LOCAL FIELDWORK

We aim to enable children to gain a better understanding of the wider world in which they live, to be aware of the physical environments and the need to safeguard the world in which we live for a better future.

Intent – What we expect the children to learn:

Our geography curriculum incorporates fundamental geographical knowledge and skills, allowing pupils to build on a firm foundation in future years. An introduction to settlements, tectonic processes and hydrological and climatic processes introduce Year 3 pupils to concepts, vocabulary and knowledge that is capitalised on in subsequent years, laying important foundations of much of their future geographical learning.

When pupils study Migration in Year 4, they will utilise their knowledge of settlement types in order to deepen their understanding of migration patterns. This knowledge and understanding support their comprehension of why communities develop around areas of rich natural resources, and how slums develop. The Natural Resources unit then feeds into the Year 5 unit on Energy and Sustainability, by supporting pupils’ understanding of where energy comes from and how greater sustainability can be achieved. The Year 6 units on Population and Globalisation draw on themes that have been explored throughout KS2, so pupils are really able to approach these complex topics with a great depth and breadth of knowledge.

The Rivers unit in Year 4 follows on from the Water, Weather and Climate unit in Year 3 and pupils then continue to build on this knowledge of physical processes through the Biomes unit in Year 5. The Local Fieldwork unit is in Year 6, so that pupils are exposed to geographical research in KS2. This is a crucial part of a child’s geographical education and we have intentionally incorporated this unit at the end of KS2 to capitalise on their greater maturity and geographical knowledge.