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Geography Subject Intent

Our curriculum is driven through the following geographical concepts (Investigating places; Investigating patterns and Communicating geographically) which are explored in a wide breadth of topics.
Our curriculum is arranged so that pupils return to these same concepts repeatedly, gradually building an understanding of them. Our Long-term plan details how pupils will be given opportunities to relate topics to previously studied topics to deepen understanding.
Topics are planned and delivered in blocks across the Year, are informed by the National Curriculum.
Our curriculum is based on 4 strands:
  • Location Knowledge
  • Place Knowledge
  • Human and Physical Geography
  • Skills and Field work
In KS1 the pupils should develop knowledge about –
● the world
● the United Kingdom
● their locality
They should –
  • understand basic subject-specific vocabulary relating to human and physical geography
  • begin to use geographical skills, including first-hand.
This is then further developed in KS2 Pupils should –
 ● extend their knowledge and understanding beyond the local area to include the United Kingdom and Europe, north and south America
 ● this will include the location of a range of the world’s most significant human and physical features
They should –
Develop their use of geographical knowledge, understanding and skills to enhance their locational and place knowledge.
The Geography Curriculum at Stag Lane Primary is carefully planned and structured to ensure current learning is linked to previous learning. Prior knowledge is drawn upon to begin each new unit and three key concepts are threaded through the topics as children progress through the school:
Investigate places: This concept involves understanding the geographical location of places and their physical and human features.
Investigate patterns: This concept involves understanding the relationships between the physical features of places and the human activity within them, and the appreciation of how the world’s natural resources are used and transported.
Communicate geographically: This concept involves understanding geographical representations, vocabulary and techniques.