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At Broad Oak, it is our intention to teach Geography in alignment with our core values.


We endeavour to have a positive attitude towards all learning opportunities, in both physical and human geography.


We will equip our pupils with knowledge about diverse places and peoples, developing an understanding of the finite resources in the natural and human environment. So that together we will gain a  greater understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes in order to encourage the children to show their respect for their local, national and international environment.


We aspire to do what is right even when we are faced with fears. We will have the courage to make the right choices, with regards to our environment, and influence others to develop an awareness of how their actions impact their local, national and international environment.


We work hard to overcome obstacles, support each other and become reflective learners in order to reach goals.


We celebrate enthusiasm as much as attainment, promoting the importance of hard work to build success and the development of a growth mindset.


We work together to ensure that friendship is at the heart of all we do. This will encourage collaborative and cooperative enquiry, investigation and debate.


We will challenge children to research information and think for themselves, give reasoned answers, work independently, be socially aware of local and global geographical issues, and develop good resilience and attitudes to learning.



Our Geography curriculum aims to:

  • Inspire in pupils a fascination about the world and its people.
  • Develop knowledge of the location of globally significant places including their physical and human characteristics.
  • Understand geographical similarities and differences through the study of different regions.
  • Describe and understand key aspects of physical and human geography using a wide range of geographical vocabulary.
  • Use geographical skills including maps, atlases, globes, digital computer mapping, compasses,
  • Use fieldwork to observe, measure, record and present the human and physical features in the local area using a range of methods.



Geography is taught as a discrete subject although links are made with other subjects where possible (see our Curriculum Overviews). The Geography curriculum is a spiral curriculum taught over a two year cycle, Cycle A and Cycle B. It is further broken down into half termly units, with each unit comprising broadly of 6 lessons. The Geography units are alternated with History units, so during the academic year, the pupils complete 3 units. Broad Oak uses the Rising Stars Geography plans as a framework for teaching. Where appropriate, these plans are adapted according to the needs of the children including those with SEND. Planning is also adapted to consider the local context, particularly in the case of fieldwork opportunities.  Pupils' learning is enriched through class visits and fieldwork, inspiring pupils' curiosity and fascination about their world.  Pupils are supported in retaining key knowledge and to assist this, there are recurring themes between the different topics.  Pupils also develop a broad and lasting knowledge of related geographical vocabulary that they are encouraged to use.

Each unit of work is accompanied by a Knowledge Organiser which includes the ‘sticky knowledge’ we want pupils to remember and understand, as well as lists of key unit vocabulary and their definitions.

All planning uses an enquiry based approach to encourage questioning, investigation and local study research.

All pupils complete ‘Key Assessment Tasks’ at the end of every topic which are used to assess understanding. Individual attainment is recorded on Educater half termly.



Formative assessment in Geography:

  • Is embedded as an essential part of teaching and learning.
  • Involves sharing learning objectives and success criteria with pupils.
  • Aims to help pupils to know and recognise the standards they are aiming for.
  • Involves pupils in peer and self-assessment.
  • Provides subject specific feedback which leads pupils to recognising their next steps and how to take them.


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