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Heacham Junior School


We believe that Geography helps to provoke, and provide answers to, questions about the natural and human aspects of the world in which our children, and families, live. We aim to inspire curiosity and develop skills of, questioning, critiquing, evaluating and hypothesizing.

The geography curriculum enables children to develop knowledge and skills that are transferrable to other curriculum areas and which can and are used to promote their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.

Geography is, by nature, an investigative subject, which develops an understanding of concepts, knowledge and skills. We seek to inspire in children a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people which will remain with them for the rest of their lives; to promote the children’s interest and understanding of diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes.

The curriculum is designed to develop knowledge and skills that are progressive, transferrable and relevant to not only their time in primary education but also to their further education and beyond.

Our geography curriculum helps pupils build powerful knowledge of the world. Through our carefully sequenced curriculum, children build knowledge over time, knowing more and remembering more as they work through the curriculum.

Conceptual understanding is at the heart of the curriculum and children will learn about key geographical concepts including place, space, the environment, and how the world around them is interconnected.

Throughout the curriculum, children will consider how we know about the world, what geographers do, what they look for, and how they may interpret their observations. By answering questions such as ‘what would a geographer say about this place?’, we encourage children to think about the discipline of geography and how knowledge is formed.

Pupils will have many opportunities to make interesting and complex connections between what they study in geography and other subjects such as history and science. The knowledge-rich approach to a primary geography curriculum supports children to understand the world around them, to think deeply about global issues and to develop their own sense of identity; knowing who they are and equipping them with the power to determine their futures.

The impact and measure of this is to ensure that children are equipped with geographical skills and knowledge that will enable them to be ready for the curriculum at Key Stage 3 and for life as an adult in the wider world.

To view the Curriculum Overview click here.