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Purpose of Study

Geography education should excite and inspire children whilst they learn about a wide range of contrasting places, people, resources, natural/ human environments and develop a clear understanding of locational Geography at home and beyond!



· Develop a locational knowledge of significant places, rivers and oceans across the world.

· Understand the processes that change and create the physical and human features of the world in which we live. e.g. how a mountain is formed or why people settle near rivers.

· Collect Geographical data through fieldwork. e.g. rainfall, temperature and wind speed.

· Use maps, globes and ariel photographs interpreting these in a Geographical context.

· Use Geographical knowledge to inform and inspire writing.


What we do in school

Topics studied in Ladywood Primary School are:


Year 1 and 2

In our Oceans and Seas topic we name and locate the world’s seven continents and five oceans. In addition to this we name and locate the four countries of the United Kingdom and their corresponding capital cities. We start to use geographical vocabulary referring to the physical features of our environment.


Year 3 and 4

In lower KS2, we use maps and atlases to locate continents and countries. During our Ground Force topic we look at local maps. In our Vikings topic we investigate different settlements.


Year 5 and 6

As part of our study of ‘The Greek Legacy’ we locate European countries using a map; understand how humans affect the physical features of their environment.


Within the ‘Barnsley and Beyond’ topic we name and locate significant towns and cities of the U.K; compare and contrast the local area to a different country. In addition to this we study settlements and land use looking at trade and resource distribution e.g. coffee, coal and cocoa.


  1. the ‘Extreme Environments’ topic we learn about: mountains, earthquakes and volcanoes and other exciting natural phenomena. Furthermore, we describe climates and investigate the water cycle. We use and further develop our knowledge of Geographical terminology. e.g. longitude, latitude etc.


What parents and carers can do to help their children

· Use maps, atlases and globes at home to locate places of significance to your child.

· Talk about the physical features of children’s environment —rivers, mountains, settlements etc.

· Encourage your children to visit places of geographical interest and significance — caves, gorges, mountains, rivers, lakes etc.

· Walk around our village/town with your child discussing how it has changed/developed over time.

· Encourage your children to ask geographical questions and help them find answers e.g. Why does it snow in winter? Where do rivers start/finish?