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At our school Geography teaches an understanding of places and environments. Our children learn about their local area and beyond. Through carefully planned and sequenced teaching our children become motivated to find out about the diversity of places, people and environments. The development of vocabulary is paramount at Whitefield and through teaching and learning opportunities meaning is given to a wide range of geographical vocabulary. We seek to inspire our children to be curious about the world around them.

Geography is taught as part of topic work within our curriculum. Through our Geography teaching we aim to further develop the children’s natural curiosity about the amazing world we live in. We aim to develop a responsible and caring approach to our world and all living things.


The school grounds and local area are used by all year groups for a range of practical activities and enquiry-led learning. This starts in the Early Years with their daily outside learning opportunities and is further enhanced by local walks and educational visits to places such as Thanet Lee Woods in Burnley. In Year 1 the children use the school grounds and explore the wider locality and  in Year 2 they our town with other localities overseas.

Our Geography Learning

In Nursery, the children enjoy looking at the seasons and also comparing hot and cold countries.

In Reception, the children learn all about the different seasons.  They also use the local area, looking at the different features they can see to produce a map with labels.

Key Stage 1

In Year 1, the children develop their map skills by producing a simple map showing their journey from home to school.  They also use ICT to plan a journey through school.  The children have use their developing geographical language to label the physical features of the local area.



In Year 2, the children use 'Google Earth' and 'DigiMap' to look at the local area.  They locate their house on their street and use images to make a poster about Nelson.  The children learn about the seas and different continents and use a globe to locate the North and South Pole.  They explore the routes of different explorers, in particular, Captain Robert Scott.



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