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Subject leader: Ms Shafi


Downshall Primary School follow the national curriculum and adapt the planning and implementation to achieve the needs of the relevant cohort each year.

Using the four cornerstones pedagogy, first quality teaching ensures that the key skills and knowledge are taught memorably to enable learning to be transferred to long term memory. We have designed our Geography curriculum to inspire our pupils with a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people, which is embedded and built on throughout their experiences.  Our pupils are also taught knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, as well as being provided opportunities that move beyond the school experience, through fieldwork. Throughout pupils’ learning, opportunities are provided to make links between prior and new knowledge, thus their growing knowledge about the world leads to helping them to deepen their understanding. Our curriculum is designed to engage our pupils and enable and inspire them to become: inquisitive, resilient, independent, challenging thinkers; and active global citizens with the confidence to use, and build on, their cultural capital, learning and experiences - both inside and outside of the classroom.

Subject Drivers

The subject drivers are what underpin the curriculum that we provide for our pupils and these are embedded within the subjects that we teach. These 'Subject Drivers' are fundamental to our whole school curriculum and all subjects are planned with these in mind.

The Geography subject drivers for pupils are:

  • Develop knowledge of globally significant places.
  • Understand the impact of humans on the planet.



National Curriculum

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Our Curriculum Subject Vision Document

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Topics covered EYFS Topics Covered KS1 Topics covered LKS2 Topics covered UKS2
  • Me and My Community
  • Exploring Autumn
  • Once Upon a Time
  • Sparkle and Shine
  • Starry Night
  • Winter Wonderland
  • Big, Wide World
  • Let’s Explore
  • Ready, Steady, Grow
  • On the Beach
  • Moving On
  • Our Wonderful World
  • Bright Lights, Big City
  • Let’s Explore the World
  • Coastlines





  • One Planet, Our World
  • Rocks, Relics and Rumbles
  • Interconnected World
  • Misty Mountain, Winding River




  • Investigating our World
  • Sow, Grow and Farm
  • Our Changing World
  • Frozen Kingdoms






“We went outside to see lots of different human and physical features, physical features are trees, ivory, berries, flowers and mud, it was so much fun!” Joel 2B

“In geography I enjoy learning about volcanoes and natural disasters such as earthquakes and tsunamis.” Faiza 3G

“I enjoy geography because I get to investigate new parts of the world I don’t know about.” Musa 4B

“I really enjoy geography because it helps me understand how climate change is affecting our world.” Kisma 5SH

“I think Geography is a useful subject because it teaches you about other people and how places around the world are different from the UK.” Daniel 6PB



We have range of exciting trips every year that links to our geography learning. These include:

  • Reception visit to Seven Kings park to explore changes in seasons.
  • Year 2 visit around the local area looking at human and physical features.
  • Year 3 trip to the Natural History Museum as part of the topic ‘Rocks, Relics and Rumbles.’
  • Year 4 workshop on the port of London lead by Thames Explorer Trust.
  • Year 5 Geography conference on climate change and map skills workshop lead by Oaks Park High School.
  • Year 6 fieldwork in the local area linked to road safety.

Pupils are also given the opportunity to carry out a range of fieldwork and human and physical features, weather patterns and the environment within the school and local area.

We also have exciting visitors that come and visit our school and talk all about Geography. This year we had a special assembly from students at Oaks Park High School where they discussed what they enjoy about geography, the benefits of looking after the environment, interesting places around the world and the importance of tackling climate change.

This year we are very excited to be competing for the second time in a Geography Bee competition against other local schools. Pupils taking part in the competition will be learning lots of geography facts to deepen their understanding of the world. They will also take part in a quiz and compete in a series of rounds to see which school will be the ultimate geography champions! We are proud to announce that last year Downshall came 1st place in Geography Bee competition.

Downshall’s 2023 Geography Bee winners!

links to Helpful Websites

Lots of useful resources about the world around us and different countries:

National Geographic Kids - www.natgeokids.com

Royal Geographical Society - www.rgs.org

Key Stage 1 BBC Bitesize - https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zcdqxnb 

Key Stage 2 BBC Bitesize -  https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zbkw2hv


Here is a website with lots of different Geography games to play. There are some tricky quizzes too!

World Geography Games - https://world-geography-games.com/ 

Examples of Learning

EYFS Geography display

Reception fieldwork study linked to transport in the local area and learning about the Autumn season

Year 1 learning linked to topic ‘Bright Lights, Big City.

Year 2 fieldwork on human and physical features as part of the topic ‘Coastlines.’

Year 3 visit to the Natural History Museum as part of their topic on volcanoes ‘Rocks, Relics and Rumbles.’

Year 4 topic ‘Misty Mountains, Winding Rivers.’

Year 5 fieldwork study on allotments in our school area as part of the topic ‘Sow, Grow and Farm'.

Year 6 learning about the polar regions and investigating the rate at which icebergs melt as part of the topic ‘Frozen Kingdoms’.

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