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In Geography, pupils develop their knowledge of different places, people, cultures, natural environments and human settlements. Pupils are encouraged to explore their topics through real-life experience, research and discussion, and through ongoing activities such as map-reading and field work. The children regularly take part in organised educational visits to help develop their geographical understanding of their local area, the UK and the wider world. 

In the Early Years Foundation Stage and Year 1, children engage in weekly Forest School activities using our own pond and wildlife area as well as visiting the local parks and woodlands.  Year 2 learn all about Transport within our local area and, in the summer, enjoy a wonderful day at the seaside learning all about the coastal environment.  In Year 3, focus turns to the Hilly and Mountainous areas of the UK and beyond; and this theme extends in Year 4 to the exciting topic of Earthquakes and Volcanoes - always a favourite!  In Year 5, children learn all about Rivers and Water Systems and, in Year 6, attention turns to South America and the Rainforest.   Geographical skills including map-reading, field work skills and independent research develop as the children progress in their Geographical studies.

Livingstone has been awarded both the Bronze and the Silver 'Primary Geography Quality Mark' through the Geographical Association which demonstrates our commitment to the teaching and learning of Geography across the whole school.

For the full National Curriculum Programme of Study please click the link below:


New Developments:

The school has worked hard to develop the teaching and learning of Geography to meet both the requirements of the National Curriculum and also to make it relevant and exciting for our children.  Most units of work have a 'Big Question' and planning is now differentiated into three tiers of complexity, known as 'Chilli Challenges', which the children are encouraged to work through.

We have also looked closely at our 'Progression of Skills' - ensuring that Curriculum content is supported by children's developing Geographical skills across all year groups.

The teaching teams have developed 'Knowledge Organisers' that outline all key learning and vocabulary for each unit of work.  Children and parents can use these to ensure that the key areas of learning are being covered effectively and understood by the children.

The school continues to invest in the services of outside agencies such as the Geographical Association, Digimap for Schools and Oddizzi, all of which provide a wide range of inspirational geographical teaching and learning strategies. 

Curriculum Map

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Summer Term


Exploration of School & Local Environment

Links to EYFS

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Locational (Place) Knowledge within the UK-Understand similarities and differences in the human and physical geography of Barnet and London. Mapping/Fieldwork.

Links to EYFS Areas of Learning; PSE



Locational Knowledge - Continents & Oceans  Name & locate these; name & locate countries/capital cities of the UK and surrounding seas. Mapping.

Links to Science -Earth & Space; Rivers




Human & Physical Geography – Exploring Extreme Environments (Polar); mapping.

Links to Science -Seasonal Changes; Living Things & their habitats; D&T

Human & Physical Geo – Transport.  Basic geo vocabulary and mapping.

Links to History; D&T; Science - Sound



Human & Physical Geography - The British Seaside – Basic geo vocab; Maps/Fieldwork

Links to Science – Seasonal changes; Rocks, Plants, Living Things & their Habitats; Art/D&T.




Locational & Place Knowledge – Hills and Mountains - Human & Physical Geography, Mapping and Fieldwork.

Links to Science – Seasonal Changes, Living Things & their Habitats, Rocks, Rivers and the Water Cycle




Locational and Place Knowledge – Volcanoes & Natural Disasters; Physical Geography/Mapping.

Links to Science – Forces, Rocks, States of Matter; Properties & Changes of Materials; Art




Locational and Place Knowledge – Rivers & the Water Cycle. Human and Physical Geo/Maps/Fieldwork

Links to Science – Water Cycle, Seasonal Changes, Living Things & their Habitats, Animals, States of Matter; History (Trade); MFL







Locational Knowledge/South America & Rainforest  Human/Physical Mapping  –

Science – Seasons, Living Things &  Habitats; Plants, Animals; Rivers/Water Cycle



Educational Visits:

Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 children are encouraged to practice their map skills as they visit our own wildlife area, the local parkland and woodland as well as our suburban environment.  Towards the end of KS1, they  work more specifically on town-planning and layouts through visits to venues such as Bekonscot Model Village.

Year 2 children visit Clacton or Southend every summer to learn more about the coastal environment of the UK. 

Year 5 undertake field work on their trip to the River Lea Country Park to learn some of the practical skills of River Management.

Each year, a day trip to Paris on the Eurostar enhances Year 5's experience of French Language and culture; and for Year 6 children, their geographical skills are embedded as they participate in trekking, map-reading and orienteering on their residential trip to the Isle of Wight.  

Themed Days:

Themed days include special 'Forest School' days using our own wildlife area, woodland and local environment: this is promoted in all year groups and now even extends to a Forest School Toddler Group for babies and pre-school children. 

To enhance their learning of the polar regions and extreme environments, Year 2 have invited a 'real-life' Polar Explorer to talk to the whole school about the challenges of trekking to the North Pole!   

Year 5 children annually invite a representative from Affinity Water into school to talk about the Water Cycle and the importance of clean water during their unit on Rivers and the Water Cycle.

International Days, World Book Days, Dance Days and activities to promote Black History Week all enhance children's geographical as well as their cultural understanding. 

More Able:

More able children are always encouraged to extend their own research, and specifically their mapping skills, as they progress in their geographical understanding.  They are encouraged to think critically and engage in topical discussion on a range of subjects including climate change, conservation and the recycling of waste. 

In collaboration with the Modern Foreign Language Department of East Barnet School, our Year 5 and 6 more able pupils have the opportunity to attend language workshops led by Year 9 and 10 pupils in French, German and Spanish.



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