Our Curriculum Intent

For children to: 

  • be inspired, challenged, and engaged in a broad and balanced curriculum that intrinsically links to and enhances all areas of learning. 
  • be stimulated in a learning environment that fosters their sense of wonder about the world and enables them to develop an informed concern about the environment.  
  • explore history, science and technology when learning geography, incorporating other skills where relevant to help create links between different aspects of their learning.   
  • develop transferrable skills relevant in later life for example, when navigating maps or talking about different environments.  
  • know how to use tools including maps, atlases, compasses, and digital technology and how to apply those tools to support their learning.
  • use primary and secondary sources to carry out research. 
  • develop a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people.  
  • be inspired to ask questions about the world they live in and build on their understanding of diverse places, people, resources, and environments around them. 
  • develop an understanding that the Earth’s features are interconnected and change over time. 
  • explore their own environment and make connections between their local surroundings and that of the wider world. 
  • be equipped to enable children to make future decisions and choices with an informed awareness of their world. 


Our geography curriculum is designed so that location knowledge and map work are woven throughout geography topics. The topics chosen promote a progressive range of skills, knowledge and understanding that enable children to link concepts and build upon their learning.

Enquiry based lessons provide an opportunity to develop critical thinking and analysis. It encourages children to explore their own environment and make connections between their local surroundings and that of contrasting areas.

We use current case studies, and children are encouraged to consider the various viewpoints of involved stakeholders from diverse backgrounds when responding to localised or global issues. Fieldwork is essential to geographical practice and children learn how to make observations, collect data, then analyse and present their findings.


By the time children leave Alexandra Junior School, they will have a good knowledge of where places are and what they are like plus an extensive base of geographical knowledge and vocabulary. They will be fluent in geographical enquiry and can apply questioning skills and analysis to reach clear conclusions, developing reasoned arguments to explain their findings. They will have the ability to express well-balanced opinions, rooted in very good knowledge and understanding about current and contemporary issues in society and the environment.

Geography Curriculum Overview