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Norwood Primary School

Norwood Primary & Pre-School


Our school ethos, vision and values recognise that each child is unique. Providing them with a curriculum that is inspirational, creative and caring whilst also providing challenge for all, prepares our children for their future. Our curriculum not only aims to provide children with the skills that they need now, but also the ability to be flexible, resourceful, reflective and resilient; helping them to adapt and problem solve as they grow up in an ever-changing world. At Norwood, we believe that every child should have the opportunity to be extraordinary and future ready through a curriculum which is creative, bold and courageous. This is achieved through an irresistible, EPIC approach. EPIC means: (E – Exciting & Engaging learning experiences; P – Pace/Progress; I – Involvement; C – Challenge)


Our vision for Geography at Norwood

At Norwood, we plan our topics based on Bloom's Taxonomy. Using Bloom's taxonomy and the Bloom's cycle of teaching and learning ensure children are taught the necessary skills in a deep and meaningful way in order to independently apply their knowledge and understanding to enquiry led questions that they have set. Their interests will feed into 'Child-led learning' and direct the lessons to be based on what they want to find out. Opportunities to enhance children's engagement, motivation and ownership of their learning through rich experiences allow them to embed taught skills and explore concepts within meaningful contexts. 

Our intent is that the children of Norwood leave at the end of KS2 with the knowledge and thinking to become Geographers of the future. By working with staff, governors, parents and children, the Geography taught at Norwood is engaging, exciting and memorable, with skills and knowledge transferring to the long-term memory.


How Geography is taught at Norwood

Geography is one of the main subject leads within the year for our cross curricular topics and is also taught discretely as appropriate. Learning in geography inspires in the children a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people.


It begins in Early Years and Key Stage 1 by looking at the local environment with which they are familiar. The children also learn about different continents and oceans in addition to identifying characteristics of the four countries and capitals of the UK and its surrounding seas. They compare and contrast the human and physical geography of a small area of the UK and a contrasting country. The children will develop and use simple geographical vocabulary and observational skills to study the geography of the local area as well as learning how to use maps, atlases, aerial photographs and globes. They will also use compass directions to map locations. Each year they will undertake fieldwork in the local area to track physical and human changes to the local environment.


In KS2, the children broaden their geographical understanding and locational skills beyond the immediate area to include a study of the UK, Europe and North and South America and develop their awareness of some of the world’s most significant human and physical geographical features. By comparing and contrasting different regions of the UK, Europe and North/South America, the children will develop an understanding of physical features such as climate, biomes, rivers, mountains, volcanoes and earthquakes and explore the effects of human activity on the geography through settlements, economic activity and the use of natural resources. Children will continue to develop geographical skills through fieldwork and the use of maps, globes and digital mapping. They will be able to use the eight points of a compass and observe, measure, record and present their findings relating to features in the local area. The children have further opportunities to develop and focus their geographical understanding in Year 4 and Year 6 during residential field trips. In addition to this, they also develop their enthusiasm during themed days and assemblies, which reflect the rich diversity of our pupils’ geographical and cultural heritage.


Our Golden threads that run through the curriculum and progress from EYFS to Year 6: 

  • Where in the world? 
  • The natural environment
  • Settlements 
  • Weather/climate 
  • Marvellous mapping 
  • Our local area and beyond