At Northlands, we aim to inspire pupils, promoting a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. Teachers incorporate experiential learning into lessons and plan immersion events to hook pupils into the theme. Pupils are taught about resources and environments. As pupils progress, this knowledge will deepen their understanding of the interaction of physical and human processes and the formation and use of landscapes and environments.

Knowledge, understanding and skills gained will explain how the earth’s features are shaped, interconnected and change over time.



Our implementation is developed through secure understanding of the curriculum and subject area. At Northlands we have created a progression document covering the skills and objectives as stated in the National Curriculum. Learning intentions are skills based and taken from the progression documents with a view to develop pupil’s knowledge through the acquisition of key skills.


Key features of our Geography Curriculum:

EYFS- Development matters- Understanding the World

  • Observing changes in the environment


  • Locational Knowledge- Identify the UK , 7 continents, 5 oceans
  • Place Knowledge- Compare local town, similarities and differences in human and physical geography
  • Human and physical geography- Key features relating to hot and cold areas- seasonal weather patterns
  • Skills and field work-Use compass directions, globes maps and directional language.


  • Locational Knowledge- Countries, human and physical characteristics, key time zones.
  • Place knowledge- Identify human geography aspects-settlements, land use, compare a region of UK to Europe/ North or South America
  • Human and physical geography- Key aspects of human geography, trade links and distribution, physical geography e.g. water cycles and vegetation belts
  • Skills and fieldwork- use maps, atlases and globes- fieldwork to record and measure, grid references and symbols to observe and describe results.



Where in the World? Year 2 have been using maps to explore where places are.

Geography curriculum overview at Northlands