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What do pupils at Burradon Community Primary school think about Geography?

"It is my favourite subject, I love learning about the world."


"It's fascinating!"


"My teacher's voice changes when she teaches Geography. She sounds excited."



At Burradon, our geography teaching aims to deliver a high-quality education where children are inspired, curious and enthused to find out about the physical and human world. Through their work in geography, children investigate their local area and compare their life in this area with that in other regions in the United Kingdom and in the rest of the world. They learn how to draw and interpret maps and they develop the skills of research, investigation, analysis and problem-solving. Through their growing knowledge and understanding of Human Geography, children gain an appreciation of life in other cultures. Geography teaching also motivates children to find out about the physical world and enables them to recognise the importance of caring and respecting our Earth for future generations. Our curriculum is designed to develop knowledge and skills that are progressive, as well as transferable, throughout their time at Burradon Community Primary School and also into their further education and beyond.


Our geography teaching intent is;

  • To stimulate the children’s curiosity in their surroundings and develop a knowledge and understanding of the physical and human processes which shape places.
  • To make sense of their own surroundings through learning about their own locality and the interaction between people and the environment.
  • To increase children’s knowledge of other cultures and, in so doing, teach a respect and understanding of what it means to be a positive citizen in a multicultural country.
  • To provide learning opportunities that enthuse, engage, and motivate children to learn and foster a sense of curiosity and respect of the world around them.
  • To enable children to know and understand environmental problems at a local, regional and global level.
  • To encourage in children a commitment to sustainable development and an appreciation of what ‘global citizenship’ means.
  • To develop a variety of other skills, including those of enquiry, problem solving, computing, investigation and how to present their conclusions in the most appropriate way.
  • To develop the geographical skills, including how to use, draw and interpret maps of different scales, and the vocabulary necessary to carry out effective geographical enquiry.




To ensure high standards of teaching and learning in geography we implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school, from EYFS to Year 6. Geography is taught on a half termly basis focusing on the knowledge and skills from the National Curriculum.


We encourage the children to be curious geographers within their learning. At the beginning of  every new topic children ask questions which they would like answered, these then drive the direction of the class teacher’s planning or the child’s independent research.

Our children are given the opportunity to be active in their learning as much as possible. This may include using our woodland area or walking around the local village to more in depth studies away from the local area. We aim to provide our children with a range of geographical experiences which is enhanced by the opportunity of a week-long residential to High Borrans in the Lake District.


Nursery exploring the woodland area

Nursery exploring the woodland area 1

Year 6 Environmental Day with NUSTEM

Year 6 Environmental Day with NUSTEM 1

Geography/History House Day

Making bird feeders for our woodland area

Investigating Burradon