Subject Vision (Intent, Implementation, Impact)

At Ferndale, our intent is that all children develop curiosity, compassion and a sense of responsibility for their future through relevant and purposeful geography lessons. At Ferndale, our geography teaching provides a way of looking at and understanding our world by focusing on the what, why, who, where, why and how. We aim to provide engaging and memorable experiences that all of our learners can access. We ensure that skills and knowledge builds progressively throughout the school. At Ferndale we provide our children with the language to enable them to become independent thinkers who ask questions about, and consider solutions to, human and environmental issues both locally and globally. Overall, Ferndale’s aim is to instil a lifelong love of geography the world around them.  

Each year group will build on previous knowledge through exciting topic-based learning, resulting in a secure understanding of key facts about our planet and their local surroundings.  As they progress, they will begin to develop a deeper understanding of such areas as human impact; why differences exist both physically and socially and how they might continue to change.  They will also develop their fieldwork and map skills.   

As our learners begin to understand their place in the world, we hope they will develop curiosity, compassion and a sense of responsibility, which will enable them to become independent thinkers who can ask questions about, and consider solutions to, human and environmental issues both locally and globally.

At Ferndale we use the Oddizzi programme as a primary resource to support the children's learning. 

Key Stage 1

Pupils should develop knowledge about the world, the United Kingdom and their locality. They should understand basic subject-specific vocabulary relating to human and physical geography and begin to use geographical skills, including first-hand observation, to enhance their locational awareness.

Pupils should be taught to:

Locational knowledge

  • name and locate the world’s seven continents and five oceans
  • name, locate and identify characteristics of the four countries and capital cities of the United Kingdom and its surrounding seas

Place knowledge

  • understand geographical similarities and differences through studying the human and physical geography of a small area of the United Kingdom, and of a small area in a contrasting non-European country

Human and physical geography

  • identify seasonal and daily weather patterns in the United Kingdom and the location of hot and cold areas of the world in relation to the Equator and the North and South Poles
  • use basic geographical vocabulary to refer to:
  • key physical features, including: beach, cliff, coast, forest, hill, mountain, sea, ocean, river, soil, valley, vegetation, season and weather
  • key human features, including: city, town, village, factory, farm, house, office, port, harbour and shop

Geographical skills and fieldwork

  • use world maps, atlases and globes to identify the United Kingdom and its countries, as well as the countries, continents and oceans studied at this key stage
  • use simple compass directions (North, South, East and West) and locational and directional language [for example, near and far; left and right], to describe the location of features and routes on a map
  • use aerial photographs and plan perspectives to recognise landmarks and basic human and physical features; devise a simple map; and use and construct basic symbols in a key
  • use simple fieldwork and observational skills to study the geography of their school and its grounds and the key human and physical features of its surrounding environment.

Key Stage 2

  • Pupils should extend their knowledge and understanding beyond the local area to include the United Kingdom and Europe, North and South America. This will include the location and characteristics of a range of the world’s most significant human and physical features. They should develop their use of geographical knowledge
  • knowledge, understanding and skills to enhance their locational and place knowledge.
  • Pupils should be taught to:

Locational knowledge

  • locate the world’s countries, using maps to focus on Europe (including the location of Russia) and North and South America, concentrating on their environmental regions, key physical and human characteristics, countries, and major cities
  • name and locate counties and cities of the United Kingdom, geographical regions and their identifying human and physical characteristics, key topographical features (including hills, mountains, coasts and rivers), and land-use patterns; and understand how some of these aspects have changed over time
  • identify the position and significance of latitude, longitude, Equator, Northern Hemisphere, Southern Hemisphere, the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn, Arctic and Antarctic Circle, the Prime/Greenwich Meridian and time zones (including day and night)

Place knowledge

  • understand geographical similarities and differences through the study of human and physical geography of a region of the United Kingdom, a region in a European country, and a region within North or South America

Human and physical geography

  • describe and understand key aspects of:
  • physical geography, including: climate zones, biomes and vegetation belts, rivers, mountains, volcanoes and earthquakes, and the water cycle
  • human geography, including: types of settlement and land use, economic activity including trade links, and the distribution of natural resources including energy, food, minerals and water

Geographical skills and fieldwork  

  • use maps, atlases, globes and digital/computer mapping to locate countries and describe features studied
  • use the eight points of a compass, four and six-figure grid references, symbols and key (including the use of Ordnance Survey maps) to build their knowledge of the United Kingdom and the wider world
  • use fieldwork to observe, measure, record and present the human and physical features in the local area using a range of methods, including sketch maps, plans and graphs, and digital technologies.


Websites to support children's understanding of Geography:

Our geography for kids will transport you to some of the planet's coolest countries...

BBC Bitesize Clips