Geography Statement of Intent

To develop children’s experiences and understanding of Geography, inspiring and igniting their curiosity about the wider world.


History and Geography are taught alternating with each other during the year with six units being taught in Key Stage 1, four units in Years 3, 4 and 5, and then three units (1 per term) in Year 6. This is to enable appropriate level of coverage for the pupils within the year groups.

In the Foundation Stage, children will begin to make sense of the physical world around them, closely linked to their local community and own experiences. They will develop their understanding through questioning and will explore, observe and find out about people and places.

In Key Stage one and two, much like in history, enquiry forms the basis of learning, building on knowledge and skills from previous learning, making connections across themes, studying local, national and global geography. Knowledge is taught progressively from year group to year group, developing understanding of:

  • Location
  • Human and Physical Geography
  • Geographical Vocabulary


Progress is monitored by using use of observations, learning walks, marking and feedback and the use of questioning of pupils. Pupil voice is essential in gaining and insight into pupils' understanding, thus, measuring the impact of the history curriculum and coverage. At the end of every term, a double-page spread will be created, demonstrating the knowledge and understanding gained during the history unit, which will then work in line with the end of unit assessment grid. From this, every term, the class teacher will complete a record of which pupils are working towards the expected standard, at the expected standard or working above.

Geography Skills Progression