At Elsecar Holy Trinity Primary School, we have designed our geography curriculum with the intent that our children will develop a genuine curiosity and fascination about the ever-changing world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. We want our children to have the desire to travel and explore as many places as they can and continue to expand their geographical knowledge as they grow up.

We will deliver a geography curriculum that ensures our children:

  • Have an understanding of diverse places, people and environments around them.
  • Build on prior learning about physical and human processes and the formation and use of landscapes and environments.
  • Participate in high-quality educational visits/visitors that enrich their learning and give them a better understanding of the world.
  • Develop an understanding that the Earth’s features are interconnected and change over time.
  • Encourages exploration of their own environment and challenges pupils to make connections between their local surroundings and that of contrasting settlements.
  • Use local area and community to develop geographical skills and enquiry.
  • Develop enquiry skills through our topic question.

The National Curriculum 2014 and the Early Years Foundation Stage statutory framework 2017 provide the basis for our geography curriculum, which is then tailored to meet the learning and developmental need of the children in our school.

The units we have chosen show progression through KS1 and KS2, such as the ‘Place Knowledge’ strand where in KS1 children begin their journey by looking at Elsecar and our school. Then later comparing Elsecar to a contrasting area in a non-European country. In KS2 children then continue this progression as they compare land use and settlements. Then they later compare Britain to urban and rural areas in Europe. The expectation is to cover two geography units each year. One is a focus on human geography and the other is physical geography.

Children will:

  • Have a secure understanding of the geographical features of their local surroundings (Elsecar and Barnsley) and how it compares to other places around the world.
  • Have developed their locational knowledge significantly so that they can identify the seven continents and countries and major cities of places they have studied in further depth.
  • Have an understanding of how the Earth is changing and the factors that impact upon this.
  • Be competent when using maps and other geographical sources, including digital resources, to locate unfamiliar places and navigate along a route.

Units Covered:

Y1- Land and sea. (7 continents and 5 oceans, hot and cold, Africa and Antarctica) Where in our wonderful world?

Y1- Our School. Where do we live?

Y2- China. Comparison of UK and China. What are the differences and similarities between the UK and China?

Y2- Elsecar. Why is Elsecar known as Elsecar by sea?

Y3- Land use. How is land used in the UK?

Y3- Rainforests. Why are rainforests so important?

Y4- Natural disasters. What impact do natural disasters have on our planet?

Y4- Settlements. Where to settle?

Y5- Europe. What are Europe’s physical features?

Y5- Natural resources. How can we live sustainably?

Y6- Earth Matters. Why is it important to protect the Earth?

Y6- Map work and land usage. When would you use a map?

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