Purpose of study from the National Curriculm 

A high-quality geography education should inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. Teaching should equip pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. As pupils progress, their growing knowledge about the world should help them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments. Geographical knowledge, understanding and skills provide the frameworks and approaches that explain how the Earth’s features at different scales are shaped, interconnected and change over time.


What this looks like in each year group

Year 1 

All About Me 

Children will look at Google Earth images of our planet and see where we live in relation to other continents and countries. They will then see Runcorn as a Google Earth image and as a map, the children will be taught about symbols and keys on maps which will allow them to draw their own map with a key, showing their walk to school. 

A Pirate's Life For Me  

The children will learn the difference between human and physical features of our world. They will compare what Pirates would find if the landed on Blackpool beach and if they landed on Madagascar. They will draw a treasure map for their friend to follow around school and discover the treasure they have hidden.

Year 2 

All Around the World

The children will explore the UK then extend to explore our world further. They will look at oceans, continents and more. The focus will be on comparing the landscape, climate and lifestyles of Kenya in Africa to England.  On their residential visit to Foxhowl, in November, they will explore the area and geographical environment so that back in school they can draw comparisons between Delamere, Murdishaw and Kenya.

Year 3 

Mighty Earth

Children will learn about the earth and the powers of nature.  They will start off by investigating what is underneath our feet and move onto finding out how rivers and mountains are formed.  They will then learn about natural phenomena such as volcanoes, tsumanis and earthquakes.

Year 4 

All around the world

Children to take a closer look at where the countries, mountains, rivers, continents and oceans of the world are located, and some of the ways geographers describe locations. They will learn to locate and describe places using longitude and latitude, find out about some of the important lines that delineate specific areas of the Earth and by looking more closely at the lines of longitude, children will develop their understanding of time zones.  Children will find out about life in either India or a European country.

Land use in the UK – seaside/farming and local area

Children to look at the land use around them and begin to look for patterns.  They will make maps and compare the use of land in a contrasting location.  Catalyst museum trip link.

Year 5 

Enough for Everybody

Children will think about the needs of a settlement and the needs of the planet as a whole.  They will find out where resources such as food and power come from and look at ways in which natural resources can be conserved.  Children will learn about the idea of a carbon footprint and ben given the chance to consider how their actions impact on others, and to think about changes to make to ensure natural resources are shared.  Local link to Frodsham Wind Farm.

What’s it like in London? (or another chosen UK city, link with visits)

Children will learn about our capital city. They will use maps, atlases and digital maps to explore the city and find out about what the land is used for and what there is to do in London. They will also become familiar with location of London and other nearby counties and cities. Throughout the unit, children are encouraged to compare what they have learnt about London with what they know about their own local area.  Children will also investigate what makes London a good tourist location and plan a trip there.  Children will get the opportunity to visit London with school.

Year 6 

Amazing Americas

Children will find out more about the continents of North and South America and the countries in them.  They will look in detail at some contrasting areas, finding out about climate, landscape and locations. Children will investigate biomes around the world and link this work to N and S America.  Children will plan a trip to their chosen country and work towards producing a tour guide for this country.  Chester Zoo trip with science link.