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Geography at Highgate Primary School

A high-quality geography education should inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives.

At Highgate Primary School, the geography curriculum builds on the requirements of the National Curriculum and has been planned to equip pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes.

As pupils progress, their growing knowledge about the world helps them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes. It also provides children with an understanding of the formation and use of landscapes and environments.

Our geography curriculum aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • develop location knowledge of significant places
  • develop an understanding of the physical and human characteristics of a range of significant and contrasting places in the UK, Europe and the wider world
  • an understanding of the processes that give rise to key physical and human geographical features of the world,
  • are competent in the geographical skills needed to collect, analyse and communicate with a range of data gathered through experiences of fieldwork that deepen their understanding of geographical processes; interpret a range of sources of geographical information, including maps, diagrams, globes, aerial photographs and Geographical Information Systems (GIS); communicate geographical information in a variety of ways, including through maps, numerical and quantitative skills and writing at length.

The places that are studied in depth include:

  • The school and its local area
  • The capital city, London
  • The Suffolk village of Stoke by Nayland
  • The seaside town of Westcliffe on Sea
  • The Brecon Beacons National Park in Wales
  • The capital city of Greece, Athens
  • The Para region of Brazil
  • The American state of California

Curriculum by Year Group:

Year 1 Geography Curriculum

Year 2 Geography Curriculum

Year 3 Geography Curriculum

Year 4 Geography Curriculum

Year 5 Geography Curriculum

Year 6 Geography Curriculum


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