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Geography Overview


The geography intent has been designed to inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. By the time children leave English Martyrs they will have a greater knowledge of diverse places, people, and resources as well as a deeper understanding of the earth’s key physical and human processes. Children will be provided the opportunity to use skills taught to investigate the geography of the local area as well as the wider world continually building on prior learning. To ensure all pupils are given an equal opportunity to be great geographers the curriculum is enriched with memorable and engaging activities, including experiences of fieldwork. Geography is taught thematically, linking with other curriculum areas, allowing children to further deepen their understanding of key geographical concepts.

As an investigative subject geography at English Martyrs’ will provoke and provide answers to questions about the natural and human aspects of the world. This in turn will promote their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, allowing children to develop a greater understanding of their place in the world.


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At English Martyrs, Geography is taught in blocks throughout the year so children achieve depth within their learning. The key skills and knowledge have been identified for each topic to ensure progression throughout each year group across the school.

For Key Stages one and two lessons follow a clear and consistent teaching sequence, including Geography being taught in the context of prior learning. A wide variety of teaching approaches are used and all learning styles are catered for, with a balance of whole class, group work and individual learning. Consideration is given to how greater depth will be taught, learnt and demonstrated within each lesson, as well as how learners will be supported in line with the school’s commitment to inclusion.  Cross curricular outcomes in Geography are specifically planned for, enabling further contextual learning. The local area is also fully utilised to achieve the desired outcomes, with extensive opportunities for learning outside the classroom embedded in practice. Children have constant access to a wide variety of subject specific books. The learning environment is designed to ensure children develop their geographical knowledge. Learning walls display key vocabulary, questions and exemplify the terminology used throughout the teaching of Geography.

Within the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) children are given a secure grounding of the prime Areas of learning ensuring they have a good foundation on which to build through the specific areas, including understanding of the world. Areas of development are enhanced to ensure vocabulary understanding and extension, and develop understanding of the people, places and the local area.


The impact of the Geography curriculum at English Martyrs’ primary school is to create life-long love of the subject, through teaching our children about diverse places, people and resources. Our children will be fluent in complex geographical enquiry and the ability to apply skills and use effective analytical techniques.

Geography assessment is ongoing throughout the topics and used for next steps. Teachers assess children’s knowledge, understanding and skills at the end of each term, the results are then analysed to improve children’s learning in Geography. Subject leaders will carry out regular book looks and pupil voice to monitor the teaching and Learning of Geography.