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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.’

DfE (2013) National Curriculum, Geography KS1 – 3



For Children to gain knowledge and understanding of:

  • An Emphasis on locational and place knowledge, human and physical processes and some technical procedures, such as using grid references.

  • A commitment to fieldwork and the use of maps, as well as written communication.


Geography in KS1:

  • A Focus on the UK.

  • Geographical Context and Interdependence.

  • Locational knowledge: the world’s countries.

  • Locational and place regional knowledge in UK, Europe and the Americas.

  • Position and significance of latitude, longitude and time zones.

  • Climate zones, biomes and vegetation belts.

  • Key aspects of physical and human geography including settlement, rivers and the water cycle.

  • Compass directions, use of OS map conventions. In KS 2 there is a greater emphasis on fieldwork.

  • Extended writing.


Geography in KS2:

  • Focus on local area with links to History

  • Locational knowledge: The nations of the UK, the world’s seven continents and five oceans

  • Contrasting non-European locality specification

  • UK seasons & weather, hot & cold regions

  • Specified vocabulary - physical & human features

  • Use of simple compass directions

  • Extended writing

  • Grove Road Primary School,
  • Cromwell Road,
  • Hounslow, Middlesex, TW3 3QQ