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To ensure effective and high quality geographical learning, Wheelock follows the National Curriculum, balancing knowledge, conceptual understanding and practical skills. This document outlines the intent, implementation and impact of the Geography curriculum at Wheelock Primary.



At Wheelock, the children are encouraged to develop a curiosity and a fascination about the world around them. The Geography curriculum at Wheelock aims to give all children deep geographical knowledge, understanding of geographical concepts and develop their practical fieldwork skills. We develop their understanding of the six key geographical concepts (Place, Space, Scale, Environmental Processes, Interconnections, Environmental Impact and Cultural Awareness) by giving the children opportunities to discover and explore the world locally, regionally and globally. We are passionate about encouraging the children to apply their knowledge and skills to contempary environmental issues including sustainability and climate change. It is intended that children leave Wheelock with enthusiasm and a life-long curiosity about the world they live in.  




Wheelock follows the National Curriculum for Geography. The National Curriculum ensures children build locational and place knowledge as well as environmental processes (covering both human and physical aspects) and have regular fieldwork opportunities. Geography is often taught and used in other areas of the curriculum, in particular History and Science. The children are taught through classroom activities and fieldwork both in the school grounds and in the local area.


At Wheelock, we encourage children to participate in a variety of geographical activities. We teach them practical geographical skills including observing, collecting, recording and presenting data, creating maps, using atlases and Geographical Information Systems (GIS). Children work collaboratively with others to complete fieldwork, analyse data and present their findings. We give the children opportunities to be a Geographer, applying their knowledge and skills to different real-life challenges.



By the end of their time at Wheelock Primary School, we want the children to have:


  • Children have a curiosity and fascination for the world around them
  • Children have built their local, regional, national and global locational and place knowledge and have a good understanding of place, space and scale.
  • Children understand the processes that create and change the natural environment including how humans have altered the environment.
  • Children have developed their fieldwork skills including observation, collection, recording and presentation of data.
  • Children can explain the interconnections between natural and human environments, describe the effect they have on each other and suggest solutions.  
  • Children have been exposed to  different cultures and communities and can explain the different ways people use natural resources, places and preserve the environment.