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National Curriculum Aims

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 and how these provide a geographical context for understanding the actions of processes
  • 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
  • are competent in the geographical skills needed to:
  • 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.

Geography Vision

Our Geography curriculum aims to provide children with an understanding of the people, places and environments of the world around them, and how these relate to one another. The teaching equips children with knowledge and respect for the complexity of our world, its human and physical environments and the processes that create and affect them. We aim to develop children into active and compassionate citizens, with an appreciation of the world’s diverse people, places and cultures.

Our Geography Curriculum

At Heston Primary School, our Geography curriculum develops the four strands of substantive knowledge (content) from the National Curriculum, including:

  • place knowledge
  • locational knowledge
  • understanding of environmental, human and physical features and processes
  • map skills and fieldwork

By connecting these concepts and understanding the relationships between them, children build their disciplinary knowledge as they move through the school. This enables them to ask questions and think like geographers! Our curriculum is carefully sequenced, ensuring that learning is both broad and deep, allowing children to build their geographical knowledge over time. Each unit of work is carefully considered, relating to the children’s prior learning and real world experiences. Our Geography curriculum ensures that children know more, remember more and are able to do more.

A Heston Primary School geographer can:

  • Apply what they know to different contexts
  • Discuss alternative futures
  • Consider their influence on their community and the world

For more information about our Geography curriculum, please contact the school office; we will provide you with our subject matrices and knowledge organisers for this area. Other details around our curriculum activities and offer, can be accessed by parents/carers on HestonLink (school's online learning platform).

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