At Woodlands Primary School, we follow the Geography Curriculum that is specified in the National Curriculum 2014 and the Early Years and the Foundation Stage (EYFS) (March 2012). These frameworks set out the breadth and depth of study and the skills and attributes for learning that children need to acquire and experience.

Our Geography curriculum is underpinned by a broad range of stimulating topics designed to bring learning to life and with the aim to inspire our pupils’ curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives .During Geography, we strive to provide our children with the opportunities to become global citizens, deepening their interest and wonder in exploring the world and their own place in it. Through our curriculum, our children will develop a sense of their world at the local, national and global scales- understanding the interconnections between how people and the environment interact and an understanding of their responsibilities within their own society, whilst also having a coherent insight into the sustainability of a dynamically changing world. Geography forms part of our creative curriculum and, as such, is taught in a cross-curricular way. EYFS and Year 1 key skills are completed through Enquiry Based Learning directed by discussions with children to cover all other curriculum objectives fluidly throughout the year.


The themes for each year group can be seen below:


Autumn Spring Summer
Year 2 Let’s Remember Great and Ghastly Events Australian Adventure
Year 3 Eurovision Iron and Stone age Romans
Year 4 Land of Hope and Glory Anglo and Scots Vikings
Year 5 Earthquakes and Volcanoes Conflict within the monarchies Ancient Greece
Year 6 Land of the Free Ancient civilisations Local Study

The national curriculum for geography aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • Develop contextual knowledge of the location of globally significant places – both terrestrial and marine – including their defining physical and human characteristics.
  • Understand the processes that give rise to key physical and human geographical features of the world, how these are interdependent and how they bring about spatial variation and change over time.
  • Collect, analyse and communicate with a range of data gathered through experiences of fieldwork that deepen their understanding of geographical processes.
  • Interpret a range of sources of geographical information, including maps, diagrams, globes, aerial photographs and Geographical Information Systems (GIS).
  • Communicate geographical information in a variety of ways, including through maps, numerical and quantitative skills and writing at length.

Below are examples of Geography learning at Woodlands

large scale map drawingMap work

Please click the links below to see how we assess children’s Geography progress at Woodlands:

Geography assessment of Key Skills Y1 -Y6