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What is Geography?

Geography is about gaining an understanding of the world we live in – in terms of both physical and human features and how these affect each other.


What is our vision for Geography?

Our vision for geography is to ensure that all children leave Crich Carr CofE Primary School with a curiosity about the world and the people in it; a good understanding of the impact of human life on the world and how we can look after it; and the geographical enquiry skills needed to foster a curiosity about other aspects of the world. We also want to ensure that children leave Crich Carr with the ability to use and interpret maps, being able to recognise some famous global landmarks and with a sound and broad geographical knowledge of the world – including naming oceans, continents, countries, mountains and rivers.

We have an investigative approach; the children examine data and sources to develop theories and draw conclusions before supplementing skills and knowledge with rich secondary sources. Our young geographers find evidence, weigh up the accuracy of a wide range of sources and draw conclusions about what they have found out.

We believe that children should see the relevance of geography to their lives today; our topic on 'Do We Appreciate What Is Precious?' examines threats to the environment and how we can reduce them. 'What Is The Difference Between Surviving and Living?' looks at the challenges and difficulties that humans still face to survive in the harshest locations, 'Does the Environment Shape US?' looks at how local geology and geography has shaped the life of people in Derbyshire.  

To ensure a rigourous approach, we have mapped out skills progressions and for each topic we have a knowledge organizer that we develop together with the children to identify key knowledge that we aim to retain. 

Geography Curriculum Intent

 At Crich Carr CofE Primary School, we have 4 main intents we hope to deliver through our geography curriculum:

  • To have the knowledge and skills to be able to carry out geographical enquiries about a particular area.

  • To have a sound and broad geographical knowledge of the world – including naming, oceans, continents, countries, mountains and rivers.

  • To understand the physical features of the planet and how varied these can be. To understand how humans and other animals adapt to different physical features.

  • To understand what physical features are and how areas might be improved. They can explain how humans contribute to environmental issues.

In order to achieve this, we have developed out intent using the following four headings:

  • Geographical enquiry

  • Physical geography

  • Human Geography

  • Geographical knowledge

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