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Geography at Red Oak 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. Teaching should 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 should help them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments. Geographical knowledge, understanding and skills provide the frameworks and approaches that explain how the Earth’s features at different scales are shaped, interconnected and change over time.


The national curriculum for geography aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • develop contextual knowledge of the location of globally significant places – both terrestrial and marine – including their defining physical and human characteristics and how these provide a geographical context for understanding the actions of processes
  • understand the processes that give rise to key physical and human geographical features of the world, how these are interdependent and how they bring about spatial variation and change over time
  • 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

At Red Oak Primary School; key stage 1 children cover geography once in a half-termly topic which is Geography based. Furthermore, children in key stage 2 engage with a Geography topic once termly. Additionally, at Red Oak teachers deliver cross-curricular approaches to ensure that the Geography skills are continually developed.  

Below is a table that shows subject coverage in each year group over the academic year, please click on the PDF for a larger version:

geography 2018


At Red Oak Primary School we use the Target Tracker assessment system, along with the National Curriculum materials and teachers’ own individual records to assess each pupil’s achievement at the end of each term and to monitor progress.  The system gives children targets (in form of ‘I can’ statements) that teachers and pupils can assess their progress against. These encourage children to take ownership of their learning and find areas they wish to improve on. The assessments inform us whether each child is below expected, at expected or above expected for their year group.  

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