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Geography inspires in children a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people. We aim to equip children with knowledge about people, resources, natural and human environments, in and around Harpenden. We also aim to inspire and inform children with knowledge about diverse places around our exciting world, in ways that is meaningful and relevant to them. As children progress, their growing knowledge will help them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of different landscapes.

Children will leave The Lea with the geographical knowledge, understanding and skills that allows them to explain how the Earth’s features, both in their local area and places further away from Hertfordshire, are shaped, interconnected and changed over time. As their knowledge of our world grows so will their ability to challenge, question and reflect on their own viewpoints. It is our wish for children to become globally aware of their impact on the planet and take responsibility for their actions.

At the Lea, Geography is taught in a variety of ways including learning outside the classroom and local area studies. Children will have the opportunity to learn about place at a local, regional and global level. They will have the chance to use geographical resources such as maps, atlases and globes and photographs of different places.

By the time children leave The Lea they will have an understanding of the world they live in and their place within it.

Our long-term curriculum overview can be found on the link below. Please note that this is a working document and is under a state of constant review – this overview was accurate as of Autumn 2022.

Geography – Curriculum Overview

The National Curriculum for geography aims to ensure that all pupils:

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