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Geography principal aim

Our principal aim of Geography education is 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.


Geography Curriculum Intent 

“It seems to me that the natural world is the greatest source of excitement; the greatest source of visual beauty; the greatest source of intellectual interest. It is the greatest source of so much in life that makes life worth living.” ― David Attenborough

As geographers, we would like all children to view the world with awe, wonder, respect and understanding. We will ensure that geography is delivered in a practical and meaningful way by making links and appreciating our local area, in particular Teignmouth and Dawlish Warren. 

Our aspirations are that children will develop their thinking and decision making to enable them to be knowledgeable citizens, aware of their own local communities and the wider world, with an interest in the many challenges that threaten our world. We will actively look for opportunities to make an impact on our local environment and developing children's interest in the local area.

Through a relevant, inspiring and progressive curriculum, Children at OLSP will: 

• Understand diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments; 

• Gain a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes;

• Develop knowledge of the formation and use of landscapes and environments.

Our teaching of geography will allow children to apply this understanding, knowledge and skills across the curriculum, understanding how the world changes overtime.


Geography Curriculum Implementation 

At OLSP, our Geography curriculum follows the National Curriculum and provides children with an array of enriching opportunities. We place learning in a context that is relevant to our children’s lives, embracing and appreciating Devon’s rich geography through local studies and alongside studies of diverse global localities and communities.  Our children experience a wide range of school trips, including our residential trip to Simonsbath and a number of local area visits to develop the children’s awareness of their locality. 

Our Curriculum for Geography provides all children, regardless of their background with:

  • Relevant and coherent substantive knowledge of the world that is built gradually from EYFS to Year 6 and beyond through the lens of geographical vertical concepts:

  • Location and place

  • The location of the world’s continents, countries and places, and the key physical and human characteristics of each
  • Geographical scale

  • Considering the local, national and global scale and understanding how causes and effects occur at all scales
  • Interconnections

How are the human and physical worlds connected? How are different locations connected at different scales?

  • A balanced view of the countries of the world, to address misconceptions and negative stereotypes

  • Grounding in core disciplinary knowledge, and the ability to approach challenging, geographically valid questions. Geographical enquiry skills have been sequenced across the year groups and, where appropriate, review and build on relevant knowledge that is first taught in mathematics or science, such as interpreting line graphs or setting hypotheses.

  • Opportunities to undertake fieldwork, outside the classroom and virtually. Fieldwork is purposeful, and either gives pupils the opportunity to explicitly practise relevant disciplinary knowledge or to reinforce substantive knowledge.