At Sutton CP our Geography curriculum provides an opportunity for children to discover an interest in geography and to develop their understanding of  their local community and the wider. We provide and encourage the opportunity for all children to have the skills required to be a geographer and with a particular focus on the importance of looking after our world. Widen children’s vocabulary both in terms of geographical language but also descriptive language through their response to the world around them.


Our Geography curriculm is a progressive programme of study based on the National Curriculum objectives.

Children given opportunity develop a range of geography skills: to use geographical resources, to use fieldwork and observation skills, to understand the local area, to read compass and grid references. Cross curricular links are used where possible to enhance knowledge of geography. Our curriculum is delivered with the aim of building cultural capital of all individuals by giving children the opportunity to explore the local, national and global environments and provide educational visits linked to geography. We endeavor to deliver high quality teaching that is appropriately pitched to individuals and shows a clear progression of skills and learning across year groups.

Our teaching is monitored by the SLT and Geography subject leader. We aim for our lessons to feature many of the following aspects:

  • Communication - children communicating ideas and asking questions using appropriate geographical language.
  • Collaboration - children working collaboratively on geographical projects (e.g. fieldwork).
  • Creativity - children presenting the results of their geographical investigations in creative and engaging ways.
  • Citizenship - children recognise that geography is about people and their impact on places. This will include work around ecological awareness.
  • Compassion— children display empathy for the peoples they encounter during their geographical studies. Our children will be encouraged to engage with 'the big geographical issues' of our time.
  • Cultural Awareness - children have a sound knowledge of issues which effect people around the world. Teachers use geography sessions to 'bring the world into the classroom' and allow children to engage with new cultures. 
  • Craftsmanship - children who show pride in their work (e.g. accurate use of maps / diagrams / non-fiction features when writing texts). 


As a result of our carefully planned curriculum we hope 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. We aim for our children to have demonstrated an interest in geography and talk confidently, using appropriate and technical vocabulary, about the human and physical resources in the local and wider area. We aim for our children to use their growing knowledge about the world to 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.

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