Intent, Implementation and Impact


We believe that Geography helps to provoke inquiry and provide answers to questions about natural and human aspects of the world. Children are encouraged to develop a greater understanding and knowledge of the world, as well as fostering an emotional connection to places so that they can better understand their place and position in it.


The Geography curriculum is underpinned by four main concepts: locational knowledge, place knowledge, human and physical processes and geographical skills. Once these aspects are connected and understood, children can begin to form opinions built upon reasoned facts and begin to think critically about the world they live in and the world they want to build. Our curriculum uses the concrete and local to connect with and understand the abstract and global. Questions play an integral role in the development of learning as it enables pupils to express and teachers to identify misunderstandings and to also probe their thinking.


Sources & Fieldwork

At Nansen Primary, we use the following sources:

  • reading to learn
  • atlases
  • ordnance survey maps
  • census data
  • data gathered from the local environment



Physical & Human Geography

At Nansen Primary, we break learning down explicitly into human and physical concepts.




At Nansen Primary, we assess using a range of criteria, such as:

  • interpreting images
  • giving reasoned arguments for opinions
  • spatial thinking and map making
  • interpretation and presentation of data
  • explanation of how processes interact
  • description of a place and what it is like