Burton Road Primary School

Geography Policy

Updated May 2023

Written May 2021

Mrs H O’Brien

Geography Rationale

Geography, within the primary setting, allows children to purposefully explore and understand the world in which we all live. It allows them to delve into how the world has evolved over time, in stilling in them awe and wonder around our planet which will stay with them throughout their lives. Geography is the subject in which children acquire the skills to understand their own locality, and others around them, ultimately developing an understanding of how and where people fit into its overall structure. It contributes to the cultural, social and moral life of children as they become aware of a range of varying cultures and traditions, learning tolerance and understanding of other people and differing environments. As pupils progress, their growing knowledge about the world should help them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments. The requirement for geographical knowledge is now, more important than ever as children live in a world that is fully open to them.


 Primary geography helps pupils to:


    • Have an understanding of their own locality and how this fits into the overall structure of the world.
    • Be confident in a range of geographical skills such as map reading and enquiry.
    • understand the processes that give rise to key physical and human geographical features of the world.


Knowledge and Skills:


Geographical knowledge will be developed through whole school themes, which gives opportunities for relevant geography learning to take place across the Key Stages following the expectations outlined in the National Curriculum. Please refer to the long term plans and the relevant progression documents. The skills of map reading, understanding locality, recognising significant places and understanding a variety of different cultures and environments will be looked at and developed throughout the teaching of these themes across school. Geography subject knowledge can also be developed through other subject areas of the curriculum and where possible these links will be made.




Intent, Implementation and Impact





We believe that children should be inspired and intrigued by the world around them. We try to generate this genuine love for learning by choosing themes that we think the children will be excited about. By the time they leave primary school children will be able to understand geographical similarities and differences, be able to locate places of significance of a map and understand their locality.




Long term plans have been created to ensure that expectations outlined by the National Curriculum are met across school. Staff in school have access to a progression of knowledge and skills document which will help them to understand what the children have already learned and what they need to learn now and next.

Medium and short term planning will ensure that teaching sequences are appropriate and that knowledge and skills are built upon over the course of each session.


Monitoring will take place by the geography co-ordinator which will include speaking to pupils and teachers looking at planning and work in books.