Geography at Barnehurst




At Barnehurst, we intend for our children to develop a greater understanding and knowledge of the world as well as their place in it. Our Geography curriculum will inspire a fascination and curiosity about the world and people in it; provoke questions and provide answers about the human and natural (physical) aspects of the world; promote an interest and understanding of diverse places, people, resources and environments; and finally, ensure a carefully planned balance of geographical skills and geographical knowledge which will all allow our children to communicate geographically. The lessons are intended to improve children’s geographical vocabulary, map skills and provide geographical facts and opportunities for consolidation, challenge and variety to ensure interest and progress in the subject. 

We strive to ensure that SMSC is at the forefront of our geography lessons, providing a rich cultural experience where by the children enjoy learning about oneself and their surrounding environment, as well as that of others and the changing world around them. We want our children to participate and make a difference in the local community, educating themselves and others of issues and facts about their environment. Through our geography teaching and lessons, we want children to exercise responsibility and initiative; working independently and co-operatively through interaction with peers and adults to deepen their understanding of geographical knowledge, skills, culture and to celebrity diversity. Children will have a sense of place, belonging and identification in their school, home and the wider world. Through well planned lessons, children will have the opportunity to recognise and understand contrasting localities, processes of cultural development and immerse into other cultures. Through communicating geographically, they will develop their understanding as to what it means to live in a multi-cultural society. At Barnehurst, we want our children to be in awe and wonder of the natural world- to question why, explore, enjoy and be fascinated with the world around us. Through our Global Citizenship Curriculum, Geography key questions link to our Global Goals for Sustainable Development. 

Linked to our school values, our geography lessons allow the children to engage and develop their understanding of equality in the wider world, show kindness in and to their environment and peers when discussing social and moral issues. We want them to have courage to explore and learn key skills for geographical knowledge and enquiry and to be resilient whilst investigating moral and ethical issues in their own locality as well as the rest of the world.  


Subject Implementation 

At Barnehurst, the Geography curriculum is planned within the overarching themes of the topic chosen for that half term. The lessons should be interwoven alongside the History curriculum and English sequence of lessons to give a completely immersive and enriched experience, understanding and ever-improving vocabulary. Where this not possible, the Geography building blocks will need to be taught discretely to ensure progress and retention of skills and knowledge. 

In KS1, children begin to identify human and physical features locally as well as identify countries within the UK and easily identifiable areas of the globe such as the North Pole, South Pole and the Equator. Children will use maps, atlases and other resources appropriate to their age.  

In KS2, children will expand on their skills in local knowledge, place knowledge, human and physical geography, geographical skills and fieldwork. Map skills are developed further using digital maps, more keys and symbols and children begin to use more fieldwork skills. Through revisiting and consolidating skills, our lesson plans and resources help children build on prior knowledge alongside introducing new skills and challenge. In KS2, the learning shifts from local to global. 

Across both key stages, children will have a range of opportunities to experience Geography both in the classroom and through practical engaging tasks beyond the classroom. 


Subject Impact  

Geography is an investigative subject, which develops an understanding of concepts, knowledge, skills and vocabulary. Because of this, our children will leave the Federation of Barnehurst schools with the following: 

  • Have an excellent knowledge of where places are and what they are like.  

  • Have an extensive base of geographical knowledge, skills and vocabulary.  

  • Make relevant links from Geography to other curriculum subjects, especially History and Science. 

  • Improved enquiry skills and a curiosity about the world around them and their impact on the world. 

  • Have an excellent understanding of the ways in which places are interdependent and interconnected and how much human and physical environments are interrelated.   

  • A deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. 

  • An acceptance and realization that they have choices to make in the world, developing a positive commitment to the environment and the future of the planet. 

  • Interpret a range of sources of geographical information and communicate geographically. 

  • Speak confidently about their learning. 

Geography learning will be assessed on a termly basis in relation to the building blocks relevant to each year group.