Curriculum – Geography

Our Intent, Implementation and Impact Statement for Geography

The rights and dignity of our children are at the heart of everything we do, every decision we and they make and every driver for making progress and helping our children to develop as responsible, valued global citizens who want to make a positive contribution to their and our world.

In our school it is our intent that we help children to develop resilience, perseverance, autonomy and focus. Our children learn that they are valued and valuable, they are independent people in their own right and they have the power to do wonderful, amazing things at every stage of every day.

Every one of our children is a unique individual with their own strengths, aptitudes, interests and dreams. As a school community we will endeavour to support each child to make the most of every opportunity we offer.

We provide enriching experiences to engage learners and in designing and developing our curriculum we have taken into consideration

  • how children learn and remember; progress means knowing more and remembering more
  • what our children need to succeed in life; the cultural capital they need to make aspirational choices and succeed beyond their time at Wingate Primary School.

The key drivers for our curriculum are:

Ambition and aspiration

Resilience and courage

Autonomy and independence

Perseverance and solution finding

Intent Statement

Our intent for the Geography Curriculum in our school is to inspire pupil curiosity about their world and to engage them in outdoor learning and geographical enquiry. We have used advice from local and national leaders in Geography to build a sequence that builds a sense of place, scale and environment. We intend pupils to work like Geographers and tackle big questions, use up to date resources and technology and communicate in ways relevant to the subject.

Throughout KS1 and KS2 map and fieldwork knowledge is developed through a series of field based enquiries and links to other units where reasonable.


Geography is taught, along with the other foundation subjects, through a theme, which allows the children to learn about a specific area in some depth. We teach geography in a planned, coherent way which is sequenced logically, ensuring that children learn and remember a rich body of geographical knowledge and acquire progressive geographical skills. We provide a range of motivating experiences to engage our learners, including: visiting experts; outdoor learning in the school’s grounds; fieldwork trips and class trips.

Year Autumn Spring Summer
1 What is my place like?

My Geography

Home and School

What can I find?

Me and my corner of the world.

Local area.

What is our country like?

Me and my UK.

UK countries, capitals and seas.

2 Why is my world wonderful?

Simple world Maps and features.

Wherever next?

Location and journeys

Holidays – where shall we go?

Place comparisons – geographical features.

3 UK Discovery – is the UK the same everywhere? Why do we have cities?

UK towns, cities and countries.

We’ve got it all! Why is the North East special?

Regional focus with lead on rivers and economic activity.

4 What can we discover about Europe?

Places, features and people.

Why does Italy shake and roar?

Bay of Naples.

What happens when the land meets the sea?

Local fieldwork

5 What shapes my world?

Processes and key features shaping places and human experiences

Where could we go? Fantastic Journeys.

Key countries and features of the world.

Where has my food come from?

Origins of key foods.

6 Fantastic Forests – Why are they so important?

Vegetation, biomes, forest types.




Destination Sao Paulo! What do places have in common?

Comparing a region in South America with a region in the UK.


The promotion of a language rich Geography curriculum is essential to the successful acquisition of knowledge and understanding in geography.  Children have access to key knowledge, language and meanings to understand Geography and to use these skills across the curriculum.

Each unit has key vocabulary to be taught from Reception to Year 6 and is identified and revisited throughout their time at Wingate Primary School. These words are part of a whole host of work aimed at narrowing the vocabulary gap for our children. As a school we aim to expose all children to a broad range of vocabulary and provide them with the skills to use and apply these.

Geog Vocabulary Overview


By the end of their primary education at Wingate Primary School, our learners will have gained a rich body of geographical knowledge and a wide range of transferable skills, which they can apply to other subjects and contexts. We will assess as we go, with a focus on the key ideas, knowledge and vocabulary pupils need to build up. We will encourage pupils to recall earlier knowledge and retrieve knowledge from previous terms and school years. This enables teachers to set appropriate, progressive targets and challenge children in their thinking and learning. We measure our impact based on pupils’ confidence to ask and explore questions to further their own geographical knowledge and understanding. As children’s knowledge and skills develop progressively throughout school, this will enable them to meet the requirements of the National Curriculum and prepare them to become competent geographers in secondary education.

Pupil Voice

“We went on a walk to look for human and physical features. It was so much fun!” Emmylou

“I used an atlas to find the name of hot countries that are near the equator. ” Ester

“I enjoy learning about rivers and where they are in the world.” Alfie

“I have enjoyed learning about where our food comes from and using my mapping skills to locate where products come from around the world.” Nathan

“I like to find where places are using longitude and latitude lines.” Logan B

“I like geography because we get to learn out about some beautiful places we could visit.” Logan H

Celebrating Geography

Geography Overview