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The Nation Curriculum (2014) states,

“A high-quality geography education should inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives.”

This statement provides the overarching aims for our geography curriculum at Dore Primary School. The National Curriculum also sets out the subject’s scope and content that will be studied in Key Stages 1 and 2. For the Foundation Stage, the Early Learning Goals similarly provide guidance to ensure children are developing their Understanding of the World.  We ensure that throughout the school each year group gives our children opportunities to learn about geography in a way that allows them to progress and become fluent in their geographical knowledge and skills.

At Dore Primary School geography is taught though our topics which are chosen by each year group to give a focus to the learning each half term.

We aim to make our curriculum relevant, current, creative, exciting and engaging. Lessons are planned to respond to current and important issues and are closely related to the real world making children’s learning purposeful and meaningful.

Our geography curriculum is also explicitly linked to our whole school values and our social, moral, spiritual and cultural responsibilities.A link to a document setting out these connections is below.

We are introducing knowledge organisers to help children be clear about the content of what they are learning, including the essential vocabulary. An example of a knowledge organiser from Year 3 can be seen below.

A link to an overview of the geography curriculum taught through topics has been updated and is given below.

In October we launched the ‘Our Wonderful World’ photography competition, to encourage children to use photography to show their sense of wonder and fascination about the physical and human world. Children submitted photographs they had taken themselves. The breadth of themes and the standard of photography were amazing and are now displayed in the Junior building promoting both geography and creativity.

At Dore Primary School our geography curriculum is also closely linked to our Global Dimension and Charity commitments  as a Unicef Rights Respecting School and Fairtrade School, as well as our whole school focus on Outdoor Learning. 

 An example of a knowledge organiser, used in Year 3 for the 'Pole to Pole' topic



See year group pages and NEWS for more evidence of the great learning in Geography throughout the school…

Classroom displays, like this one from Year 4 promote geography, support learning and celebrate children's work.

Caroline Simpson,
11 Feb 2020, 00:51
Caroline Simpson,
13 Jan 2020, 02:28