Southfield Primary School


The Southfield Geography Curriculum inspires in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. Children are equipped with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. As pupils progress, their growing knowledge about the world supports them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments. Geographical knowledge, understanding and skills provide the frameworks and approaches that explain how the Earth’s features at different scales are shaped, interconnected and change over time.

The Southfield Geography curriculum seeks to foster the following aims:

To develop contextual knowledge of the location of globally significant places – both terrestrial and marine – including their defining physical and human characteristics and how these provide a geographical context for understanding the actions of processes

To understand the processes that give rise to key physical and human geographical features of the world, how these are interdependent and how they bring about spatial variation and change over time

We seek to foster geographers of the future and to develop a deep love for the world. Children will develop the following knowledge and understanding:

  • To collect, analyse and communicate with a range of data gathered through experiences of fieldwork that deepen their understanding of geographical processes
  • To interpret a range of sources of geographical information, including maps, diagrams, globes, aerial photographs and Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
  • To communicate geographical information in a variety of ways, including through maps, numerical and quantitative skills and writing at length.

Children study the following units of work:

  • Year 1–Spatial Sense, The UK, Seven Continents
  • Year 2–Spatial Sense, The British Isles, Northern Europe
  • Year 3–Spatial Sense, Settlements, Rivers, UK Geography, Western Europe, Asia
  • Year 4–Spatial Sense, Mediterranean, Eastern Europe, UK Geography, Asia
  • Year 5–Spatial Sense, Mountain, UK Geography, Australia, New Zealand, Local Study
  • Year 6–Spatial Sense, British Geography, North and South America, Africa, Globalisation