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Geography is a valued part of the curriculum at Broomfields Junior School as it provides a means of exploring, appreciating and understanding the world in which we live and how it has evolved.

Geography provokes and answers questions about the natural and human worlds, using different scales of enquiry to view them from different perspectives. It develops knowledge of places and environments throughout the world, an understanding of maps, and a range of investigative and problem-solving skills both inside and outside the classroom. As such, it prepares pupils for adult life and employment.


At Broomfields Junior School we believe that Geography helps to provoke and provide answers to questions about the natural and human aspects of the world.  Children are encouraged to develop a greater understanding and knowledge of the world, places and their environments, as well as their place in it.  The Geography curriculum at Broomfields enables children to develop knowledge and skills that are progressive, as well as transferable to other curriculum areas.  Geography is, by nature, an investigative subject, which develops an understanding of concepts, knowledge and skills.  We seek to inspire in children a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people which will remain with them for the rest of their lives; to promote the children’s interest and understanding of diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes.


To ensure high standards of teaching and learning in Geography, we implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school.  Geography is taught as part of a theme, focusing on knowledge and skills as stated in the National Curriculum.  The Geography curriculum at Broomfields is based upon the 2014 Primary National Curriculum, which provides a broad framework and outlines the knowledge and skills to be taught in each Key Stage.  Teachers plan lessons for their Year group using our Milestones documents.  The Milestones document ensures the curriculum is covered and the skills, knowledge and vocabulary taught is progressive throughout each year. The Milestone documents allow teachers to plan lessons that build upon previous knowledge and regular retrieval activities are planned to assess how well they are retaining previously taught knowledge. 

Although Geography can be taught alone, it also offers meaningful contexts for high quality, cross - curricular work, which are specifically planned for, across Maths, Science and English.  Consideration is given to how a deeper understanding will be taught, learnt and demonstrated within each lesson, as well as how learners will be supported in line with the school’s commitment to inclusion.

At Broomfields, we ensure that our Geography curriculum equips all our children to gain ‘real-life’ experiences that are transferable to the wider curriculum. Educational visits are another opportunity for the teachers to plan for additional Geography learning outside the classroom.  At Broomfields, the children have had many opportunities to experience geography on educational visits.  Across each phase, the children have explored the local area including orienteering within the school grounds, visiting local churches and shops, taking part in traffic surveys and analysing the results, using map reading skills and orienteering during residential trips, studying local habitats as well as extended work on our residentials.  Our Year 3 school trip to Foxhowl in Delamere Forest, Year 5 residential to Tattenhall and our Year 6 residential to Petty Pool, as well as field work day trips across the school, also provided an opportunity to further Geography learning.


The quality of our Geography curriculum is high, it is well thought out and is planned to demonstrate progression.  We focus on progression of knowledge and skills: vocabulary progression also forms part of the units of work.  Children will deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes and how this affects landscapes and environments.  We measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:

  • Through Pupil voice, children will be able to: articulate their knowledge and understanding as a geographer, explain how Geography ‘happens’ in their local area, talk about the world around them and how it has been shaped.
  • Through planned tasks, the teacher will be able to see how well a child has understood their learning and whether they can apply knowledge and skills at a deeper level.
  • Monitor planned retrieval tasks to assess how well the children have retained information from previous learning.
  • Collating images and videos of the children’s practical learning.
  • Moderation meetings where pupil’s books are scrutinised and there is the opportunity for a dialogue between colleagues to share good practice and look at the standards achieved across the school in Geography.
  • Through in-depth monitoring of Geography, the subject leader will report the standards in Geography to SLT and Governors.

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