We have divided the KS1/2 curriculum into four units, repeated on a two-year cycle so that pupils return to and deepen their knowledge three times in their primary career. Progress within topics has been mapped to ensure the previous year’s learning remains learnt and new learning builds upon strong foundations.

Each of the three primary ‘spirals’ is written at the same time with progress across KS1/LKS2/UKS2 a key goal. Retrieval practice is designed into the curriculum to ensure learning from all of the geography cycles is revisited throughout the year.

The following cycles cover the KS1/2 National Curriculum:

KS1 and KS2

KS1/2 2020/21KS1/2 2021/22
Autumn 1
Autumn 2
Spring 1The dynamic world:
– climate and weather
– climate change
– natural hazards
– rocks
The living world:
– biomes
– hot and cold climates
– rainforests
Spring 2
Summer 1
Summer 2The UK:
– local area (map skills, regeneration, field trips)
– rural/urban issues and challenges, migration, population
– human and physical
– rivers and coasts (field trip)
The economic world:
– food, water and energy
– the changing economic world
– tourism and ecotourism

Case study: Cambridge

KS3

Year 7Year 8Year 9
Autumn 1The living world:
– Natural environments
The economic world:
– Tourism
The economic world:
– Development
Autumn 2Comparisons:
– Italy and Norway
The dynamic world:
– Rivers and flooding
The dynamic world:
– Tectonics
Spring 1The dynamic world:
– Antarctica
Population:
– world population and the effects of population and migration

Case study: Migration from Mexico to the USA
Case study: Brazil (BRIC):
– human and physical geography
Spring 2The economic world:
– crime
The dynamic world:
– rocks and shores
The dynamic world:
– coasts
Summer 1The economic world:
– energy, food and water
Geography investigation and skills:
– map work
– interpretation of data sources
The dynamic world:
– weather and climate
Summer 2Topical World Geography
– case study and skills
The UK:
– Case study on London, including history, migration, regeneration
Topical World Geography:
– case studies and skills

Curriculum content is centred around 3 core geographical concepts (which we have called the 3Cs): connections, change & comparison. These core concepts underpin our strategies for teaching and learning in geography. Progress within topics has been mapped to ensure the previous year’s learning remains learnt and new learning builds upon strong foundations.

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Last updated September 22, 2020