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At Bishop Bridgeman, the geography curriculum has clear endpoints that state the substantive knowledge and disciplinary knowledge that children will gain at each stage of their learning. We have sequenced the curriculum considering prior learning and typical gaps so that children gain sufficient knowledge and skills cumulatively. By doing this, it enables children to build on knowledge and skills learnt through Early Years and Key Stage 1 and apply and add to those in Key Stage 2. This allows children to know more, remember more and be able to access more.

Geography provides a means of exploring, appreciating and understanding the world in which we live and how it has evolved, both naturally and through humans. Geography also explores the relationship between the earth and its people.

Throughout our Geography curriculum, we offer opportunities for children to:

  • Provoke and answer questions about the natural and human worlds, using different scales of enquiry to view them from different perspectives. 

  • Develop knowledge of places and environments throughout the world and an understanding of maps. 

  • Develop a range of investigative and problem-solving skills both inside and outside the classroom.

  • Gain skills and experiences, readying pupils for adult life and employment.

  • Focus within the curriculum for understanding and resolving issues about the environment and sustainable development. It is a link between the natural and social sciences.

  • Study both physical and man-made geography of different societies and cultures.

  • Become inspired and think about their own place in the world, their rights and responsibilities to other people and the environment.


Geographical concepts are threaded throughout our geography curriculum and revisited throughout the units of work that children will study whilst at Bishop Bridgeman. This allows children to embed these key concepts in their long-term memory and apply them fluently. 

The 7 key concepts we ensure our children understand are:

  • Space

  • Place

  • Environment

  • Cultural

  • Sustainability

  • Process

  • Interdependence


For further information about our geography curriculum, please speak to Mr A. Hamlin (Geography Curriculum Leader).

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