Hayesdown First School

Striving for excellence together


At Hayesdown First School geography education should be fully inclusive to every child. Our aims are to fulfil the requirements of the National Curriculum for geography; providing a broad, balanced and differentiated curriculum; ensuring the progressive development of geographical concepts, knowledge and skills; and for the children to develop a love for geography. Furthermore, we aim to inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. Teaching should equip pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. (The 2014 Primary National Curriculum in England)

Geography teaching at Hayesdown First School has a wide application to everyday life, teaching the children to enjoy learning about the world and to have a better understanding of how people live in different locations.

The aims of teaching geography in our school are:

  • to inspire pupils’ curiosity to discover more about the world
  • to enable children to know about the location of the world’s continents, countries, cities, seas and oceans.
  • to develop in children the skills of interpreting a range of sources of geographical information, including maps, diagrams, globes and aerial photographs
  • to help children understand how the human and physical features of a place shapes its location and can change over time
  • to raise awareness and develop an understanding of environmental issues

Our geography curriculum links with our school’s REACH values in the following ways:

RESPONSIBLE: Children develop a sense of responsibility for the world they live in and an awareness of environmental issues.
ENTHUSIASTIC: Children engage in practical activities and explore the local area
AMBITIOUS: Children learn about people and places beyond their everyday experiences, therefore developing the cultural capital to be successful in life
CONFIDENT: Children are confident to express opinions and ask questions about people and places to find out more
HAPPY & HEALTHY: Children feel happy knowing that they can make positive changes to help protect their environment


Our Geography Long Term Plan gives an overview of the geography curriculum  in each year group

The Yearly Overview for Geography can be found here – Geography Curriculum Overview 2024

The Geography Progression Model can be found here – Progression of Geography Skills


Reading at the Heart of our Curriculum –

Geography supports our school’s aim to place ‘reading at the heart of the curriculum’ by providing opportunities to read about Physical, Human and Environmental Geography. We use atlases and maps to research and discover new information and places as well as practise skills such as coordinates. We interpret keys and symbols to allow us to understand map readings . Reading is crucial to the success of Geography.