Trinity Church of England Primary School



At Trinity, we believe that students need a global awareness that includes familiarity with different cultures, beliefs, and lifestyles in order to understand and address global issues. Geography can help students understand these issues as it has an important role in instilling personal attributes and developing globally minded pupils. We aim to encourage curious, interested learners who seek out and are able use new information to develop and deepen their knowledge, understanding and skills. 

An understanding of geography is essential to understanding our place in the world, understanding that the world we live in now, is connected in many ways and how we are an integral part of it. Geography can not only inspire curiosity and fascination about the world and its people but also nurture our children’s inquisitive thinking and questioning skills.

Three essential learning and innovative skills can help students for confronting the challenges of tomorrow: Creative thinking, problem solving and collaboration skills. These skills are what we aim to teach our children. 

In Reception, children are first exposed to geography as they explore the environment around them through the use of their outdoor area and our amazing school grounds. Children are encouraged to draw, write and talk about what they see, their experiences of a place and how things may change during the course of a year.

In Key Stage 1 we use geography to inspire a fascination about the world, where children start to understand where we are, in the context of our earth. They also begin to look at our local area, explore our wonderful school grounds, learn to draw and read maps. Children gather a knowledge of basic geographical vocabulary that refers to human and physical features. They also learn about weather and present their own wonderful weather forecasts to their class. Our children also love to compare our country and its features to other areas and countries.

In Key Stage 2, geography helps students to better develop a global awareness and gives them opportunities to be creative and innovative. Geography equips pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources, natural and human environments through the study of Europe as well as North and South America and through the study of settlements and land use. It also gives children a deeper understanding of the earth’s key physical and human processes through the study of mountains, rivers and volcanoes. Children are also given opportunities to interpret a range of sources of geographical information, including maps, diagrams, globes, aerial photographs and Geographical Information Systems.

Through the teaching of Geography, we hope to, not only educate our children about key issues like climate and sustainability but also instil a keen love for enquiry and ignite a lifelong passion for taking responsibility for and protecting our world.

Trinity Humanities Overview

Geography Progression Map