Herne Junior School - Geography Curriclum

What does Geography look like at Heckmondwike Primary?

Geography is much more than maps and compasses, it is the study of places and the relationships between people and their environments.

Geography is an essential part of human life, enabling children to make sense of the world around them, giving a place and context to events and issues (such as natural disasters and climate change) that happen both locally and globally. On an individual level, geography is important when travelling to different places and countries as well as providing practical skills to navigate and explore new places.


At Heckmondwike Primary School geography is split in to 4 strands: locational knowledge, place knowledge, human and physical geography and geographical skills and fieldwork. Within topic work children will cover these four aspects during both Key Stage one and Key Stage two with the aim to providing opportunity at the beginning of each year to recap and consolidate on previous skills in order to then build on this strong foundation to progress and gain new knowledge, skills and understanding. Throughout topics children will have various opportunities to consider how best to communicate their new-found knowledge.


Geography at Heckmondwike:

  • Opens up children’s awareness of what is around them locally and globally.
  • Develops children’s understanding of the environment, the natural world, modified landscapes and the social environment.
  • Connects students to their environment helping them understand the world around them and human history.
  • Enables children to explore, with a sense of awe and wonder, the diversity and uniqueness of the natural and man-made world and the communities with in them.
  • Helps them to learn about the interdependence between humans and their environments.
  • Encourages a growing understanding which helps children make sense of the world and prepares them to play an active role as informed and responsible citizens.

As many of our children have family that live across the globe, whom they visit and travel to see, we can use their real life experiences to make connections between their learning in school and their real lives, enhancing their curiosity and engagement in the subject.

In the initial stages of Foundation stage, children explore their most familiar environment (e.g. school, Heckmondwike) using their own experiences, street view and Google Earth. They begin to consider what places lie beyond their local area using books, photos, individuals own travels and Google Earth.

Geography Overview

Knowledge Organisers

Please click on the links below to see what new learning will be taking place each half term. Often there will be new skills which children will develop, along with key vocabulary. There will often be questions which we will use to get children thinking and carrying out discussions. We will also use these to gauge childrens' understanding and their aquisition of new knowledge.

Geography curriculum on Balance

At Heckmondwike Primary School we use a school improvement toolkit called Perspective Balance, where the curriculum content for every subject is kept. Please click here to see the Computing curriculum in Balance.