Geography at Christ Church

Together, we will explore the relationship and interaction between people and the environments in which they live and upon which they and all life on Earth depends.


Our interconnected curriculum aims to:

  • Explore ‘big questions’ through an enquiry approach.
  • Be logical, relevant, broad and balanced in terms of the areas of subject content we have selected which reflect the guidance of and corresponds with the demands of the National Curriculum.
  • Build upon the provision for geography established in the Early Years Foundation Stage and in particular that which addresses the knowledge and skills expectations in Understanding the World.
  • Provide opportunities for our children to acquire long-lasting knowledge and critical thinking skills.
  • Maintain relevancy and topicality through including enquiries that engage pupils in studying issues such as climate change, flooding and trade.


Our intent is to:

  • Enable children to develop an in-depth knowledge of our community and locality.
  • Help children to appreciate our local area and encourage stewardship of their surroundings.
  • Support children to understand other people and cultures.
  • Shape our pupils into curious and accountable global citizens, understanding their role in protecting our world and environment.


We aim to extend Geography beyond the walls of classroom by:

  • Carrying out fieldwork to explore our community and local area as well as further afield.


At Christ Church Primary School, we use the Primary Connected Geography Scheme of Work to deliver the National Curriculum for Geography throughout Key Stage 1 and 2.  In Foundation we follow the EYFS framework and our pupils are taught the knowledge and skills to make sense of their physical world and community through a range of personal experiences.  The themes are linked to the Scheme of Work for Key Stage 1 to ensure progression as pupils move from EYFS to Key Stage 1. 


Christ Church adopts an enquiry focused approach to learning and teaching in geography which develops our pupils as young geographers. Through enquiry our pupils not only build subject knowledge and understanding but become increasingly adept at critical thinking, specialised vocabulary and their grasp of subject concepts. We structure learning in geography through big question led enquiries about relevant geographical topics, places and themes. Our curriculum is therefore ‘knowledge rich’ rather than content heavy as we recognise that if we attempt to teach geographical topics, places, themes and issues in their entirety we restrict opportunities for pupils to master and apply critical thinking skills and achieve more challenging subject outcomes. Knowledge and skills are regularly visited so children know more and can remember more.


Each geographical enquiry highlights both the objectives and anticipated outcomes of the investigation. They are also carefully structured through the use of ancillary questions, to enable pupils to build their knowledge and understanding in incremental steps of increasing complexity until they reach the point where they are able to answer the question posed at the beginning of the investigation. Our learning and teaching in geography also recognises the importance of fieldwork with a number of our investigations involving observation, recording, presentation, interpretation and the evaluation of geographical information gathered outside of the classroom.