What is taught in Geography?

In Geography our intent is to stimulate curiosity and imagination and build upon the child’s “personal geography” by developing geographical skills, understanding of the world and increase knowledge through studying places and themes.

How do we teach Geography?

We teach geography through engaging and stimulating topics that spread throughout children’s time at Poppleton Road. Using the curriculum outcomes, teachers plan geography lessons linked to the wider world and other areas of the curriculum. These geography skills are also brought in cross-curricular, in the books read in class, historical topics, and exciting fieldwork to contextualise their geographical knowledge as much as possible.

When are specific skills and knowledge taught?


Pupils should be supported to make sense of the world around them through having multiple opportunities to explore their physical world, local community and beyond. These experiences will be a mixture of ‘first hand’ and ‘imaginary’, but will fundamentally be practical in nature and involve an enriching vocabulary.

Key stage 1

Pupils should:

  • Develop knowledge about the world, the United Kingdom and their locality.
  • They should understand basic subject-specific vocabulary relating to human and physical geography and begin to use geographical skills, including first-hand observation, to enhance their locational awareness.
Key stage 2

Pupils should:

  • Extend their knowledge and understanding beyond the local area to include the United Kingdom and Europe, North and South America.
  • Study the location and characteristics of a range of the world’s most significant human and physical features.
  • Develop their use of geographical knowledge, understanding and skills to enhance their locational and place knowledge.

Why do we teach Geography?

At Poppleton Road, we teach a progression of geographical skills so children leave us with a broad knowledge of their local area and the world around them. Children will be taught about locational knowledge, place knowledge, human and physical geography and geographical skills, and fieldwork.

The children will leave our school with extensive knowledge of continents and oceans and have many experiences of exploring and using maps in many different contexts.