The Study of Geography is about more than just memorising places on a map. It's about understanding the complexity of our world, appreciating the diversity of cultures that exists across continents.  And in the end, it's about using all that knowledge to help bridge divides and bring people together.” – Barack Obama

At Millfields, we aim to teach Geography so that children can build an excellent knowledge of where places are and what they are like. We aim to inspire children to develop a real sense of curiosity to find out about the world and the people who live there.

Our geography curriculum is carefully planned, using the National Curriculum, Chris Quigley Essentials and our own school’s curriculum, so that units of study link, where possible with the topic, our ‘big question’ and other subjects being covered in a particular quarter. 

We have structured the geography curriculum to ensure that children build on previous learning and develop their geographical skills and knowledge as they journey through the school. Children are encouraged to be creative, to ask questions and follow lines of enquiry whilst using a growing range of resources and data available to them. Through a variety of topics and questions, children build an extensive base of geographical knowledge and vocabulary.

As well as investigating and finding out about the world in which we live, children develop and build on their fieldwork skills so that they can develop a secure knowledge of their school and their local area and consider how these places may change over time. 

Children use arrange of resources to develop their geographical knowledge and skills, from globes, atlases,  paper maps and compasses, to digital resources, such as Digimaps for schools, The National Geographical Society. Teachers are encouraged to take children out on local fieldwork studies to investigate the local area from its waterfront, to its woods and parks to support geographical enquiry.  

By the end of Year 6, we want our children to have a high level of geographical enquiry along with the ability to apply questioning skills to their geographical learning. We aim for them to be able to analyse data and share and present their thoughts and opinions on global matters to others.

Through the delivery of our geography curriculum, we aim for children to have a first-rate understanding of the ways in which places are interdependent and interconnected and how much human and physical environments are interrelated; how humans can affect the world around them, and how the world around them affects humans.

Teachers will consider how greater depth will be taught, learnt and demonstrated within each lesson, as well as how learners with additional needs will be supported in line with the school’s commitment to inclusion. 

Geography Leader - Mrs Kath Russell

Geography Link Governor - Mr Andrew Foster

Part of the Humanities team.