Wallands Community Primary and Nursery School


The aim of our Geography curriculum at Wallands is to inspire in children a lifelong curiosity and fascination about the world  and its people.  As the children progress through the Key Stages, they  learn about  diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments as well as  the Earth’s key physical and human processes.  

Our locality is geographically rich with its proximity to the coast, river systems and location within the South Downs National Park. Through their work in Geography, children learn about our local area and compare and contrast their life in this area with other regions in the United Kingdom and the rest of the world.


At Wallands we teach Geography to:

• Foster a sense of identity and curiosity in our pupils and develop an understanding of the  local environment, Britain and the world.
• Increase children’s knowledge of other places and cultures in order to foster respect for all in a multi-cultural country.
  • Understand the human and physical world around them.
• Equip children  to use, draw and interpret a range of maps.
• Enable children to know and understand environmental issues at a local, regional and global level.
• Encourage a commitment to sustainable development.

Children study at least two geography units of learning per year ensuring coverage of the National Curriculum. The geography curriculum is planned according to fundamental questions, geographical elements and key concepts. These are connected and revisited as the children move through the school.

Geography Curriculum

Fundamental Questions

Where is this place?
What is it like? (And why?)
How and why is it changing?
How does this place compare with other places?
How and why are places connected?

Geographical Elements

Locational knowledge
Place knowledge: Compare and contrast
Human and physical
Field work and Map skills

Key Concepts

Space The location of points, features or regions in absolute and/ or relative terms and the relationships, flows and patterns that connect and/ or define them.
Place A construct that is defined in terms of what it is like, what happens there and how and why it is changing.
Scale The ‘zoom lens’ that enable us to view places from global to local levels.