Geography at Southridge:

A high-quality Geography education should inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives.’

We have an enquiry based approach to Geography at Southridge. We are developing Geographers who ask questions, find things out, explore their local area, the Uk and the wider world.
Our children will:
  • Develop contextual knowledge of the location of globally significant places – both terrestrial and marine – including their defining physical and human characteristics and how these provide a geographical context for understanding the actions of processes

  • Understand the processes that give rise to key physical and human geographical features of the world, how these are interdependent and how they bring about spatial variation and change over time

  • Develop competent geographical skills needed to:

    - collect, analyse and communicate with a range of data gathered through experiences of fieldwork that deepen their understanding of geographical processes

    - interpret a range of sources of geographical information, including maps, diagrams, globes, aerial photographs and Geographical Information Systems (GIS)

    - communicate geographical information in a variety of ways, including through maps, numerical and quantitative skills and writing at length

 Our children

  • Investigating real places and themes across a widening range of scales.

  • Developing a knowledge and understanding of physical, and environmental Geography and the patterns and processes at work in them.

  • Undertaking geographical enquiry, applying skills and techniques, collecting and analysing evidence, drawing conclusions and communicating findings in a variety of ways e.g. questionnaires, graphs, tables, databases etc

  • Using maps at various scales and plans, fieldwork, instruments. I.C.T. and other sources of evidence such as photographs, newspapers and visitors to inform their work. 

Children will work in small groups, paired activities and individually


Early Years
We teach Geography in Reception classes as an integral part of the topic work covered during
the year in the area of Knowledge and Understanding of the World.
Key Stage 1
In Key Stage 1, the study of geography involves our pupils exploring the relationship and
interactions between people and the environments in which they live and upon which they
and all life on Earth depends.
1. learn about their local and surrounding area as well as compare this to other parts of
the world.
2. listen and respond to stories and use sources of information to help them ask and
answer questions;
3. learn how the each part of the world is unique and different.
Key Stage 2
In Key Stage 2, Geography is about developing knowledge, skills and understanding of
significant events and places from both the current day and recent past.
1. learn about change and continuity in their own area, in Britain and in other parts of the
2. look at Geography in a variety of ways e.g. from political, economic, technological,
scientific, social, religious, cultural or aesthetic perspectives;
3. use different sources of information to help them investigate the past, using dates and
historical vocabulary to describe events, people and developments;
4. learn that the past can be represented and interpreted in different ways.
Cross-curricular Links
English - Geography contributes significantly to the teaching of English in our school by
activating promoting the skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening. The children develop
oral skills in Geography lessons through discussions and role play. They develop their writing
skills through writing reports and projects and by recording information.   We take the opportunity
of combining Geography and English when appropriate.

Mathematics - The teaching of Geography in our school contributes to children's mathematical
understanding in a variety of ways. Children learn to use numbers when developing an
understanding of graph, charts and data used throughout the Geography curriculum.
Personal, health, social and citizenship education (PHSE) - Geography contributes to the
teaching of PSHE. Debate and discussion are a valued means of teaching and learning. We help
children to develop their knowledge and understanding of different cultures, so that they learn to
avoid stereotyping other people, and acquire a positive attitude towards others.
Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
In our teaching of Geography we contribute where possible to the children’s spiritual
development. Geography contributes to the children’s appreciation of what is right and wrong by
raising many moral questions.
Assessment and recording
We assess children’s work in Geography by making informal judgements as we observe them
during lessons. We recognise that not all work needs to be recorded and that significant learning
takes place through discussion enquiry.