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Our Intent for our Geography Curriculum

Our Geography curriculum, at MJS, is designed to offer a broad, deep understanding of the four areas of geography identified in the curriculum. It will develop contextual knowledge of the location of globally significant places and understanding of the processes that give rise to key physical and human geographical features of the world, along with how they bring about variation and change over time. We intend to develop children’s curiosity and a fascination of the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. The units offer a range of opportunities for investigating places around the world as well as physical and human processes. The lessons are intended to improve children’s geographical vocabulary, map skills and geographical facts and provide opportunities for consolidation, challenge and variety to ensure interest and progress in the subject.


Our Implementation for our Geography Curriculum

At MJS, our Geography lessons are underpinned by the objectives set out in the National Curriculum of:


Locational Knowledge

Place Knowledge

Human and Physical Geography

Geographical Skills and Fieldwork



Over the course of Key Stage 2, pupils will develop their use of geographical knowledge, understanding and skills to enhance their locational and place knowledge. This will include developing their knowledge of location and characteristics of a range of the world’s most significant human and physical features. This will be achieved through studying, and comparing, the following locations throughout their time here at MJS:


  • The local area
  • United Kingdom
  • Europe
  • North America
  • South America


Progression will be assessed through evaluation of your child’s written work and consideration of their responses and contributions to discussions.

Please refer to the geography and history overview for a breakdown of individual year groups. Class teachers deliver the geography curriculum throughout the year.


The Impact of our Geography Curriculum

Through geography lessons at MJS, we hope to promote a life-long love of geography. All children will use geographical vocabulary accurately and understand the different strands of geography, with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. Children will begin to make relevant links from geography to other curriculum subjects, such as history and science. They will improve their enquiry skills and inquisitiveness about the world around them, and their impact on the world. All children will realise that they have choices to make in the world, developing a positive commitment to the environment and the future of the planet. Children will become competent in collecting, analysing and communicating a range of data gathered. They will be able to interpret a range of sources of geographical information and they will communicate geographical information in a variety of ways. All children in the school will be able to speak confidently about their geography learning, skills and knowledge.

Year 5 Fieldwork - River studies