Rucstall Primary School

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Geography - Intention

At Rucstall Primary School we provide an engaging Geography curriculum. Our intention is that through Geography we will inspire children’s curiosity and interest to explore the world that we live in and its people.


Our curriculum develops children’s geographical skills and their knowledge through studying places, people and natural and human environments. Through enquiry and investigation we aim to deepen understanding of the Earth’s human and physical forms and processes. Our geographical questions of enquiry provoke thought and encourage children to discover answers to through exploration and research. This enables them to gain a greater understanding and knowledge of our community, the world and their place within it.


Geography Implementation

The key geography knowledge and skills, that children acquire and develop throughout each block, have been mapped to ensure progression between year groups. The geography curriculum is taught in response to enquiry questions which are aimed to be challenging, and encourage active learning. Pupils will revisit geographical skills and knowledge in order to embed and deepen understanding.  We look to use the school grounds and the local area for fieldwork to enable children to base learning on first hand experiences to enhance teaching and learning in Geography. 


At Key Stage One, children start their geography understanding by ‘zooming out’ from their geographical surroundings. We start with the classroom and they explore maps and vocabulary in relation to directions. As we zoom out further, the children explore the school grounds, the street, the surrounding roads and the Blackdam Estate. Children in Key Stage Two begin each unit by looking at the world and continents. They then zoom in to the continent studied, followed by the country and then the specific area.


Each unit broadly follows the format of:

  • Question/statement of enquiry
  • Review of previous learning and skills
  • Interpretation and evaluation of evidence to form a response to enquiry