Welcome To Ladywood Primary School

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Why we teach Geography at Ladywood:

To inspire pupils with a curiosity and fascination about the world. Geography is, by nature, an investigative subject, which develops respect for global issues as well as an understanding of concepts, knowledge and skills.

Through geographical investigation children learn appreciate the connection between the near and far, the Earth’s key physical and the human processes, people and environments, the economic and the social. Geographical skills are transferable to other curriculum areas by enabling children to identify a question, guide an investigation, organise information, suggest an explanation or assist decision-making. Moreover, they promote their moral, social and cultural development. Crucially, the geography curriculum needs to engender the excitement, creativity and critical thinking about the world that will equip young people to make their own way in it.


In the Early Years children begin to develop prerequisite skills for Geography through the specific area of EYFS - Understanding the World from the People, Culture and Communities and the Natural World (vocabulary of physical and human features). The children learn to make sense of the immediate and then the greater world around them, contrasting and comparing different environments. They will learn to explain some similarities and differences between life in this country and life in other countries.  Children will also learn to understand some important processes and changes in the natural world around them, including the seasons. This is implemented through:

  • Books, stories, maps
  • Walks and visits (walk around immediate environment noticing physical and human features)
  • Artefacts (globes, maps)
  • Photographs
  • Short film
  • Continuous provision (small world – farm, city, book area, weather charts, role play, puzzles)

Our geography curriculum therefore offers a uniquely powerful way of seeing the world and creating geographers and empowered, responsible global citizens in the real world today.

Key Learning:

Knowledge of the world

Geographical understanding

Enquiry and Investigation

Making greater sense of the world by organising and connecting information and ideas about people, places, processes and environments.


Working with more complex information about the world, including the relevance of people’s attitudes, values and beliefs.

Understand environmental issues and inequalities that have an effect on the world.

Increasing the range and accuracy of investigative skills, and advancing their ability to select and apply these with increasing independence to geographical enquiry.