Becoming a Geographer at BFPA


Key skill: Locational Knowledge

Visual support: Maps

Our Geography curriculum aims to inspire our children to become curious and explorative thinkers with a diverse knowledge of the world; in other words, to think like a geographer. We want our children to develop confidence to question and observe places, measure and record necessary data in various ways, and analyse and present their findings. Through our curriculum, we aim to build an awareness of how Geography shapes our lives at multiple scales and over time. We encourage our children to become resourceful, active citizens who will have the skills to contribute to and improve the world around them.

Our aim is that children who leave our school in Year 6 will be able to:

  • Locate key cities, countries, continents and oceans on a map, atlas or globe.
  • Locate key physical and human features on a map, atlas or globe.
  • To be able to compare and contrast different locations that they have located, explored and investigated.

Furthermore, so that our children are ready for Geography at the next level of their education, another of our aims is for children to have an understanding of the impact of:

  • Erosion – to know it is a key process that affects many physical processes.
  • Inequality – Understand that there is inequality in the world and the reasons for this.
  • Land use – Understanding that land is used for different reasons including agricultural, residential and commercial.
  • Trade– To look at how trade impacts the world around us. 

How our children learn to be a Geographer

Once our children have a sense of location they are ready to take a deeper dive into human and physical geography and place knowledge.  Our children are provided with good quality resources to be able to do this. We encourage children to become geographers by giving them opportunities to practise their geographical skills and fieldwork in the school grounds and the local area.

The children learn how to present their learning in both written and oral formats gaining in confidence and becoming purposeful, respectful geographers.

The children are investigators of Geography, they investigate the following during their learning.