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Meadowdale Primary School



Our geography curriculum has been tailored from the national curriculum to inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives.

Pupils are taught about different areas of geography:

  • Locational knowledge
  • Place knowledge
  • Human and physical geography
  • Geographical skills and fieldwork

Our ambition is for children to learn to ask questions about the how and why in Geography, marvelling at the world around them and the way it operates and changes.  We plan our curriculum to teach geographical facts and skills, but our pupils also understand that their lessons are part of a big picture of learning about the world.


Geography Curriculum Overview

  Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
Year 1     Name, locate, and identify the four countries and capitals of UK & surrounding seas.



Identify places using maps, atlases, globes, aerial images and plan perspectives, make maps, devise basic symbols, Fieldwork, geographical vocabulary.

    Use aerial photographs and plan perspectives to recognise landmarks and basic human and physical features; devise a simple map; and use and construct basic symbols in a key



Use simple fieldwork and observational skills to study the geography of their school and its grounds and the key human and physical features of its surrounding environment.


Year 2 Local Area and visit to the local park to look for different features.     Name and locate the continents and oceans.


Locate hot and cold areas of the world in relation to the North and South poles.

Castles – land formation  
Year 3   · Anglo-Saxon settlement



  Mapwork -locate the world’s countries,


· - use the eight points of a compass, four and six-figure grid references,



UK – using atlas, identifying rivers, mountains and counties.



Local Area – mapwork


Debate regarding land use and growth of Harborough.


Year 4 Prehistoric settlements   Mountains and Volcanoes



Year 5 Mapwork - latitude, longitude, Equator, Northern Hemisphere, Southern Hemisphere, the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn, Arctic and Antarctic Circle, the Prime/Greenwich Meridian and time zones (including day and night)


Ge2/1.3a describe and understand key aspects of physical geography, including: climate zones, biomes and vegetation belts, rivers, mountains, volcanoes and earthquakes, and the water cycle


  Where did the Aztecs live?


- Locating Mexico on a world map

- Identifying the continents of North and South America

- Exploring a map of Mexico to find Mexico City and what was Tenochtitlan

  Map Leicestershire – locate MH, Bosworth and Leicester – grid references


Locating Mecca on map


Year 6 · World continents, oceans, etc. Outcome: Explorers’ world map


· The Arctic – physical geography

· The Antarctic – physical geography


Geographical Enquiry


Use maps, atlases, globes and digital/computer mapping to locate countries and describe features studied



Where in the world did Darwin travel? What did he find?




  Use maps, atlases and globes – to focus on South America


Environment, key physical and human characteristics, countries and major cities

Use four and six figure grid references, symbols and key

Describe and understand key aspects of human and physical geography relating to South America