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At Lakenham, we believe that the Geography curriculum should be:

  • child-centred, focusing on the needs and interests of the children and building on what they know
  • taught in a relevant, meaningful and purposeful way
  • ambitious and challenging
  • delivered through rich and varied learning experiences

Our intention is that our curriculum will provide opportunities and experiences that will foster and inspire children to Enjoy, Achieve and Aspire and to be:

  • successful learners who enjoy learning, are curious, take risks, make progress and achieve
  • confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives - achieve
  • responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to (a global) society - aspire

We will endeavour to:

  • encourage parents to be active partners in their children's education
  • develop lively, enquiring minds fostered by increasing independent learning
  • instil a desire to learn by identifying relevant targets, providing appropriate support and rewarding achievement
  • foster self-reliance and motivation
  • provide a safe and stimulating working environment
  • encourage children to act creatively and with imagination
  • develop the ability to work co-operatively
  • encourage children to value the views of others and to argue dispassionately and rationally
  • support children to be active and live healthy (and environmentally sustainable) lifestyles
  • develop an understanding of the past, which will help them to live successfully in the present, and to plan intelligently for the future

The intent of our Geography curriculum is to deliver a curriculum that is accessible to all and will maximise the outcomes for all so that they will know more, remember more and understand more.  As a result, they will: -

  • increase and develop their geographical skills, concepts and key knowledge  as well as recognising natural and human geographical processes
  • increase their understanding of local geography, geography of other parts of the UK and the wider world, enabling them to make comparisons
  • develop and use their skills of geographical enquiry, analysis, evaluation and argument 
  • be able to use a variety of age-appropriate resources and technologies, e.g. books, globes, maps, atlases and digimaps
  • develop their interest in where they live and their connection to the wider world, arousing curiosity, open-mindedness and a motivation to learn
  • develop their understanding of their role as citizens of the world



 The majority of Geography is taught through enquiry which is cross-curricular topic teaching.  This will vary across year groups and include a combination of direct teaching plus child-led enquiry. Geography lessons should also include teaching direction (e.g. compass points, grid references, latitude and longitude); representation (e.g. children creating their own maps)  and using maps (and related mapping technologies, e.g. atlases, OS maps, digimaps and Google Earth). 


Within Early Years, Geography is taught through 'Understanding of the World' which will focus on developing geographical thinking through children's exploration of their immediate surroundings.


Through KS1 and KS2, children will gradually build on their geographical skills, using fieldwork topics to explore and investigate, gathering and processing information and recording this in maps, tables and graphs of increasing complexity.  


Geographical knowledge as stated by the National Curriculum will be covered through a series of enquiry topics, such as 'Pole to Pole' in Year 2, 'A Journey Around Britain' in Year 4 and 'The Island' in Year 5.  






Children will know more, remember more and understand more about Geography.


Children will be able to use and apply their skills of enquiry in different contexts as they progress through the school.  


Children will leave the school with key geographical knowledge and skills.


Children will become aware of local and global geographical issues that affect them and their future.  They will become responsible citizens of a globalised world.

Progression of Skills in Geography



Curriculum Coverage


Year Groups

Please click the buttons below to see what each year group has been up to in geography.
Early Years 

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6