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Geography at Claverdon!

Our geography curriculum has been designed to be both knowledge-rich and coherently sequenced. Part of our curriculum vision is for children to make a genuine difference to the world around them – but how can you change the world without understanding the world around us? As children work through our geography curriculum, they will know more and understand more about the world around them. Our curriculum structure helps our pupils to deepen their understanding of physical and human geographical processes, fostering curiosity and fascination for the world we live in. As our children progress through our geography curriculum, they will become more skilled at answering questions such as: what is it like to live in this place? What are the challenges of this environment? How have people changed this landscape over time?

We are proud of our knowledge rich approach to geography. The knowledge our children will be taught has been identified, in each year group, in each unit and in each lesson. As children work through the curriculum they will know more and understand more about their local area, the UK, Europe and the World. This rigorous approach, covering and going beyond the requirements of the National Curriculum, leaves nothing to chance, building geographical knowledge and understanding in a way that builds on children’s prior knowledge, allowing them to make meaningful connections and gain an understanding of how our world is connected.

Alongside their study of the UK and Europe, our children will extend their knowledge beyond these regions to study world geography. When studying world geography, we focus on places such as North and South America, Asia, Africa, Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific Islands. Applying their knowledge and understanding of the globe, latitude, longitude, the hemispheres and time zones, children will describe and understand physical geography of countries and continents including biomes, vegetation belts, rivers, mountains, volcanoes and earthquakes. They will consider a range of human geographical features such as settlements, land use, trade links and natural resources. At the end of the curriculum, in the summer term of Year 6, children will study globalisation, a unit that requires children to apply knowledge from the geography curriculum they have studied throughout their primary education. Children use data from around the world, including from Geographical Information Systems, to understand social, economic and political globalisation. Our children have many opportunities to reflect upon the advantages and challenges globalisation brings and will consider the importance of sustainability and equity in relation to human interactions with the physical world – this is a key link to our Global Goals journey.

Throughout each geography unit, our pupils gain an understanding of what geographers do, what they look for and what they may say about a place. They discover explorers such as Ibn Battuta, Roald Amundsen and Captain James Cook. They also look at the migration of both animals and people, studying the impact migration and colonialism had on places such as Australia and New Zealand.

Gaining powerful knowledge about diverse places, people and environments is what makes geography at Claverdon truly magical. We have seen that arming children with powerful knowledge about the world around them helps them to develop a love for the subject of geography, and also recognise their own role in becoming a responsible global citizen who is ready to make a genuine difference to the world.

Our Geography curriculum has been designed in partnership with the Primary Knowledge Curriculum (PKC).

Our Geography Curriculum

Geography Curriculum Map

Geography Curriculum Overview

Our Geography Knowledge Organisers

Autumn 1 Autumn 2
Year 1 Spatial Sense (Y1) -
Year 2 Spatial Sense (Y2) -
Year 3 Spatial Sense (Y3) Settlements
Year 4 Spatial Sense (Y4) Mediterranean Europe
Year 5 Spatial Sense (Y5) Mountains
Year 6 Spatial Sense (Y6) British Geography Issues
Spring 1 Spring 2
Year 1 The UK -
Year 2 The British Isles -
Year 3 Rivers The South West of England
Year 4 Eastern Europe London and the South East
Year 5 East Anglia, Yorkshire and the Midlands Australia
Year 6 North America South America
Summer 1 Summer 2
Year 1 The Seven Continents -
Year 2 Northern Europe -
Year 3 Western Europe Asia - China and India
Year 4 Northern Ireland Asia - Japan
Year 5 New Zealand and the South Pacific Local Study
Year 6 Africa Globalisation