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At Rufford Primary, we understand the relevance and significance of geography, allowing children to understand the world around them and find their place in it. Therefore, we encourage children to think as geographers, developing a broad knowledge of the world and preparing them for their journey through education and beyond.

We intend for our children to:

  • develop an understanding about the world, the United Kingdom and their locality;

  • develop an understanding of human and physical features;

  • enhance geographical skills such as analysing data;

  • interpret a range of geographical information using a range of resources.

From EYFS to Year 6, our geography curriculum, links to Development Matters and then follows the National Curriculum sequence and content. It enables all children to develop and acquire a range of progressive knowledge, skills and rich vocabulary.   We use the CUSP Unity Schools Partnership Curriculum to ensure progression for our children and to support staff subject knowledge and development.  


Geography is vital to understanding the world around us. The curriculum is knowledge rich and informed by key pedagogical research to enable all pupils to be engaged, retain key subject knowledge and develop the skills required to think like a geographer through our substantive concepts: locational knowledge, place knowledge, human and physical geography and geographical skills and fieldwork.

Within EYFS, geography is taught through Understanding of the World, broken down into People, Culture and Communities and The Natural World.  This allows children to make sense of the world around them through carefully planned provocations and adult-led activities. As a result, children are equipped with the foundational knowledge and skills necessary for Year One.

From Year 1 to Year 6, geography is carefully sequenced to enable purposeful connections to prior learning in order to ease the forgetting curve and develop long-term retention; some modules are later revisited to allow for spaced retrieval.

At our school, we believe all our pupils have the potential to succeed. Through our high-quality teaching of geography alongside our knowledge-rich curriculum, we realise a community of enthusiastic geographers who develop a deeper understanding of cause and effect; place and location and the wide reaching impacts of our changing world. Children are confident in using a range of geographical resources and draw on these to strengthen connections and develop geographical skills.


Our children will leave prepared to apply their knowledge and skills across a range of different contexts; appreciate the relevance and importance to geography in everyday life.

Here is our Rufford Route for Geography:

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