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Geography Policy

December 2016


We, at Benjamin Hargreaves, strive for excellence and enjoyment in education by providing a safe, secure, caring family environment where all are valued and respected as individuals. We will endeavour to enable all children to reach their full potential, whilst growing in their love and understanding of the Christian faith.

Aim and Objectives

The learning and teaching of Geography at Benjamin Hargreaves CE Primary School aims to provide opportunities to explore; appreciate and understand the world in which we live and how it has evolved.

Geography explores the relationship between the Earth and its people. It stimulates curiosity and imagination and we aim to build upon the child’s ‘personal geography’ by developing geographical skills, understanding and knowledge through studying places and themes. Geography encourages children to learn through experience particularly through fieldwork and practical activities.

Good Geography teaching aims 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.
  • 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.
  • develop a growing knowledge about the world to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments.
  • acquire Geographical knowledge, understanding and skills.
  • enable children to learn and explain how the Earth’s features at different scales are shaped, interconnected and change over time.

Teaching and Learning

Children will be taught a range of knowledge of skills in both Key stage 1 and Key stage 2. Both key stages will focus on Locational knowledge, Place knowledge, Human and physical geography and Geographical skills and fieldwork.

In Key Stage 1 the pupils will be taught about

  • our school within its locality;
  • a small area of the United Kingdom;
  • a small area of a contrasting non-European country;
  • weather patterns in the United Kingdom;
  • hot and cold areas of the world;
  • the United kingdom and the World.


In Key Stage 2 the pupils will be taught about:

  • the local area;
  • a region of the United Kingdom;
  • a region of a European country;
  • a region within North America;
  • a region within South America;
  • the geography of the World.

The expectation is that learning and teaching styles will differ from each lesson and will address the needs and wants of the children and the needs and wants of the Geography being taught. At Benjamin Hargreaves CE Primary School we utilise many learning and teaching styles. Geography will be taught mainly through themed based lessons in line with our creative topic curriculum. As far as possible, Geography will include practical lessons. Trips in and around our local area and visitors are used to greatly enhance the Geography Curriculum.


Geography Curriculum Planning

Due to the cross curricular creative curriculum we have Geography will be planned within a topic. Planning takes place in a year group and all the Geography objectives are taken from the skills based curriculum.


Assessment and recording

Teacher assessment is the basis for assessment in Geography.



Resources are held in central stores within School. Theme based resources may be sourced from local museum loans and the local library.


Inclusion and Differentiation also see SEND policy)

All children have regular access to Geography appropriate to their stage of development. Challenge for all is integral to our teaching and we aim to encourage all pupils to reach their full potential through the provision of varied opportunities. Work is differentiated to aid children’s learning. We recognise that our curriculum planning must allow pupils to gain a progressively deeper understanding and competency as they move through our School.


Monitoring and review

The Geography Subject Leader, SLT and class teachers are responsible for monitoring the standard of the children’s work and the quality of teaching in Geography. The Geography Subject Leader is responsible for supporting colleagues in the teaching of Geography, for being informed about current developments in the subject and for providing a strategic lead and direction for the subject in School. The Geography Subject Leader will report to the Governing Body bi-annually.


To be reviewed: December 2018Children


  • Benjamin Hargreaves C.E. Primary School Voluntary Aided,
  • Barnfield Street, Accrington,
  • Lancashire BB5 2AQ
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