Thornton Primary School

Thornton Primary School

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Geography Curriculum Overview

We believe that Geography helps to provoke and provide answers to questions about the natural and human aspects of the world through opportunities to question, investigate and debate important geographical issues which will impact the wider community.


 Our geography curriculum enables children to develop knowledge and skills that are transferable to other curriculum areas such as maths and science. Children are given the opportunity to conduct fieldwork both on site and in the local community, which allows them to utilise key mathematical skills such as measuring and collecting and analysing data etc. Subject specific vocabulary is taught explicitly and referred to throughout the units to ensure children have the cultural capital to discuss key geographical concepts amongst their peers. Children continually immerse themselves in high quality texts linked to the geography curriculum to further embed their knowledge.


 We seek to inspire in children a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people which will remain with them for the rest of their lives; to promote the children’s interests and understanding of places, physical and human environments and geographical knowledge and skills.


Children develop their knowledge and skills sequentially as they move through school; prior knowledge is built upon and reinforced to ensure children have a firm understanding of their learning.

We support our SEND children by pre-teaching subject specific vocabulary and scaffolding work where appropriate. Resources can be simplified to support children with a range of needs, for example using simpler atlases and/or making images larger if required.