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Geography at Gade Valley Primary School

Geography Subject Leader: Mr Hakner




The geography education should inspire in pupils curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. The intent of the Geography Curriculum is to provide opportunities for the children to learn about the world that they live in. We encourage them to learn the names of oceans, rivers, capital cities etc.

Through our geography lessons focusing on individual countries, we explore the physical and human geography, the culture and traditions and what it is like to live there. Throughout the school, the children are taught to develop their geographical skills e.g. how to read a map and how to use an atlas.

In addition, it is the aim of the Geography Curriculum to provide the children with first hand experiences of visiting some of the locations they are learning about such as the area which they live in, Hemel Hempstead. Where possible and appropriate, texts studied in English lessons may also link to the termly topic e.g. Year 2 when studying a geography topic on Islands, will in English lessons explore the Katy Morag stories.



In Early Years, Geography is taught via the Early Learning Goals linked to the Specific Area ‘Understanding the World’. During their time in Early Years, the children will listen to stories set in different locations and participate in topic led work about the world they live in.

In Years 1 – 6, Geography is taught in a half-termly block of lessons. This timing of these blocks are flexible depending on the content being covered and the skills being developed. Each Unit of Work has been carefully written using the guidance of the National Curriculum. At Gade Valley, we also exploit cross-curricular links where possible within our units. For example, many classes have linked their English, Art, D&T and many other subjects to their Geography Topics. In addition, the school also have whole school initiatives such as 'Take one country' days. 


Our teaching of Geography at Gade Valley is based upon the Gade Valley Principles of Teaching and Learning. This provides guidance for teachers to ensure that learning is effective. These include, providing clear learning goals, maximising learning time, challenging the children and ensuring the environment is stimulating and enhances children's learning. Throughout Geography lessons, these principles are adhered to and this means that children develop the core skills from the Geography curriculum. 



The intended impact of the Geography Curriculum is that the majority of children in each year group are working at or above the expected level for their age. Children are assessed according to their Key Stage National Curriculum requirements based on their progression in skills and knowledge (see Skills and Progression document).

In addition, it is the intended impact that the children are inspired by the Geography Curriculum and want to learn more. They should show the progression in their skills and knowledge, especially in map reading, compass work and locating places on a map. They should also be able to discuss their learning and remember what they have learnt and building on this year by year.



Up to October 2021, the following measurable impact includes:

  • In the 2020/2021 academic year, the large majority of pupils achieved age related expectations or above.
  • Pupil voice has shown that children enjoy Geography and feel challenged with their learning.
  • Pupils enjoy learning about the different aspects of countries especially their flags.
  • The vast majority of pupils enjoy learning about Geography using a range of resources including maps, books and IPads.
  • Pupil voice showed that the vast majority of pupils enjoy learning about the physical features of geography such as Volcanoes and Rivers. 
  • In the Summer Term, Year 3 took part in a "Volcano Day" to launch their Volcano topic of work. 

To see the learning in Geography, please visit the Geography page on the Celebrating Our Curriculum section.

National Curriculum for Geography

Geography Overview

Geography Skills and Knowledge Progression