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Geography:  Why we live where we do


At Monkhouse, we provide a broad, balanced and progressive Geography curriculum which is integrated into other areas of the curriculum, where appropriate. Geography provides our pupils with an understanding of places and environments and an understanding of what it means to be a global citizen.  Through their work in geography, children learn about their area and compare their life in this locality to other regions in the United Kingdom and in the rest of the world. Our geography curriculum is designed to allow the children to learn about ‘why we live where we do’. This mantra is an underlying feature of lessons and is planned for in order to allow curriculum links to be made and to promote critical thinking about how current learning fits within people’s lives. We aim to develop young geographers who are able to make links and connections between the natural world and human activity and to understand the kind of questions geographers ask. This helps children to develop an awareness of their position in the world, their values, and their rights and responsibilities to other people and the environment.

EYFS - Understanding the World - Building the foundations of learning 

In the EYFS educators will prepare children for the primary geography curriculum through three aspects; My Home and Special Places to Me; Community, Local Environment and Beyond and Early Geographical Skills. We support and promote children to make sense of their world, through developing their natural curiosity, and exploration of the world around them, noticing all kinds of detail.

EYFS - Understanding The World - Building the foundations for learning

EYFS - Learning about seasonal change

EYFS - Learning about people, places and communities - Diwali, Easter, Lunar New Year, Shrove Tuesday

The geography curriculum is enhanced through engaging real life concepts. Children have the opportunity to explore their local and wider area, through visits and fieldwork.  Children have the opportunity to utilise different forms of mapping and to utilise ICT and primary research tools. Children are provided with the opportunity to develop their cultural horizons  through the school’s International School status. Learning is further enriched through the school’s International school’s status as the school hosts many visitors from the wider global community. 

Orienteering and Fieldwork

Over the course of the year, we offer opportunities for children to work collaboratively on geography projects both in school and with our wider collaborative group of schools. We participate in a whole school assemblies to mark key Geographical days and events as well as significant anniversaries, such as the 125th of the National Trust. Some children are also given the opportunity to work collaboratively with schools across the local area in the Trail and challenge at Rising Sun Country Park, this provides opportunity for children to use and further develop their map and orienteering skills.

What Geography looks like in our school

At Monkhouse, each year group will use a geography knowledge organiser which is specific to the area of geographical knowledge and skills to be taught.   Each organiser clearly sets out what we will cover, including key information and facts designed to allow children to learn about ‘why we live where we do’ as well as specific vocabulary. The knowledge for that unit is progressive and builds on the knowledge taught in previous year groups and is specifically tailored to focus on our geographical theme. 

In KS1 the Geography curriculum will provide all pupils with the opportunity to develop their knowledge about the world, the United Kingdom and their locality.

In KS2, the Geography curriculum will provide all pupils the opportunity to 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. Pupils will be taught to develop their use of geographical knowledge and promote their skills to enhance their locational and place knowledge. 

Geographical skills - Map Work


We aim to empower children to shape the world of tomorrow,  through developing young geographers. Through Geography we want our pupils to gain knowledge that not only inspires and stretches them intellectually but also contributes to their spiritual, moral, cultural and physical development and helps to prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life in the 21st century