Clover Hill Primary School


Subject Overview

Long Term Memory It is vital that children can convert information into their long-term memory so it is truly learnt. In Geography, this is particularly important with the key elements of substantive locational knowledge found in the subject. Our curriculum is designed so that previous learning is recapped, revisited and consolidated and built on as the child moves through the school.
Real Life Relevance We want our children to see the real-life relevance of studying Geography. Studying Geography gives children a better understanding of the world in which we live both in terms of natural and physical geography. Geography plays a key role in allowing children to explore the here and now of the world’s people, places and environments. It also has a responsibility to tackle misconceptions that pupils may hold about people’s lives. It allows children to build and develop their own sense of place, it lets them develop an appreciation of distance and scale, it also helps them learn about the orientation of the world. In addition to this, Geography teaches key disciplinary knowledge that children can apply in their further education and in their later lives. Examples of this include constructing arguments (in this context geographical arguments) and improving children’s analytical skills which includes conducting an investigation to answer a question and decision making.
Enquiry-Based Learning We have designed our Geography Curriculum to take an enquiry-based approach. The curriculum is designed so each unit of work has an overarching ‘Big Question’ that the children answer at the end of the unit and this is used to help assess their learning. Each lesson is also framed with a question that acts as the learning intention. The other benefits of enquiry-based learning are well known. These include helping children to build a passion for the subject as well as helping to hone their analytical skills linked to the disciplinary knowledge of the subject. 

Intent of the Geography Curriculum

Our Clover Hill Geography curriculum has been designed to allow for a broader, deeper understanding of the four areas of Geography. It develops contextual knowledge of the location of globally significant places and understanding of the processes that give rise to key physical and human geographical features of the world, along withhow they bring about variation and change over time. We strive to develop an awareness and appreciation of our local area, UK cities, counties and countries.   We intend to develop children’s curiosity and a fascination of the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives.

Our curriculum offers a range of opportunities for investigating places around the world as well as physical and human processes. We want our children to confidently use, discuss and demonstrate geographical vocabulary, map skills and knowledge.   Opportunities for consolidation, challenge and variety will ensure interest and progressin the subject.

Implementation of the Geography Curriculum

At Clover Hill, we prioritise converting learning into the long-term memory, providing real life relevance to learning and we utilise an enquiry-based approach in humanities.


All provision for pupils with SEND is in line with the school’s SEND Policy.

Equal Opportunities
At Clover Hill Primary School all children will be given equal access to Geography irrespective of race, gender and creed, level of ability or nationality. Mutual respect and tolerance for all cultures will be promoted through the study of Geography.