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Our geography curriculum aims to light the spark of curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. Fieldwork is the key to lighting this spark and our local environment offers a rich source of geographical exploration. We want our children to develop broad and deep knowledge about a wide range of places, environments and people, including key physical and human processes of the Earth. We aim to make connections in children’s understanding of how landscapes and environments are shaped, interconnected and change over time. In line with the National Curriculum for geography, our intent is that all children:

  • 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
  • are competent in 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

  Characteristics of a geographer

  • An excellent knowledge about the world, the United Kingdom and their locality
  • Understand and use a wide range of subject-specific vocabulary relating to human and physical geography
  • Utilise first hand observation of localities to develop geographical awareness
  • Know the countries, continents and oceans of the world
  • Ability to compare and contrast human and physical characteristics of geographical locations and features
  • Use maps, atlases and globes

Aspirations for the future Careers, hobbies and interests

  • Land surveyor
  • Forester
  • Marine biologist
  • Sustainability manager
  • Farmer
  • Weather presenter
  • Tour guide
  • Aircraft tester

How we teach geography at Woodside This has been developed with reflection upon the National Curriculum (2014) and Kapow  

Please note, we teach some of the topics in a slightly different sequence to Kapow. Our geography topics can be found in geography topics below.

Our Nursery and Reception staff work closely with subject teams to ensure our curriculum is carefully planned from Nursery through to Year 6.