Lordship Lane Primary School

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Geography at Lordship Lane


In geography, we aim not only to teach children about the physical and human world around them but also to help them understand what it means to be a geographer. They use geographical enquiry, in its many forms, to answer relevant questions while also developing their skills in fieldwork.



Our geography curriculum is based on that developed by the Haringey Education Partnership, but we have made some changes so that it works well for our school and our community. In year 1, children begin by learning about their own area, London and England. As children move into year 2, they learn about other parts of the world, before tackling more complex geographical topics such as migration and plate tectonics in key stage 2.


We have made knowledge builders for each unit of work: this is a sheet containing the geographical words and knowledge that children are going to learn in each half term. Your child will bring this sheet home each half term, and it will also be shared on Seesaw.


Geography Teaching

In Early Years, children learn about geography through discussion and play. They learn about locations, places and environments through the books they read and through dress up and role play. They also visit places local to learn about different physical geographical features.


In key stages 1 and 2, children have two geography lessons a week. Geography lessons are interleaved with history, so children learn either history or geography in any given half term. Weekly quizzing helps children to remember what they have learnt over time. Our quizzing also ensures that children do not forget their history learning in those half terms when they are studying geography.



The table below offers a very broad overview of what children study in geography each half term. History units have been included for key stages 1 and 2 as, of course, there are links between these two subjects. Our knowledge builders provide much more detail of the content; children will be given these to take home at the beginning of each unit of work.

 Autumn 1Autumn 2Spring 1Spring 2Summer 1Summer 2 

Journeys – Geographical events in our own lives and our family’s lives.

Features of our environment

Different environments

and how to show care and concern for them

Different environments

and how to show care and concern for them

Similarities and differences between places and communities.

Similarities and differences between places and communities.


Where are you from?

Winter, the change in weather and what we do.

The settings of different stories

Travelling to different countries around the world.

Why do we see insects in the summer?

Different environments - Where would you have a Teddy Bear’s picnic and why?



Our School and Local Area

History: History of Childhood

Geography: London & England

History: History of Transport

Geography: United Kingdom

History: Monarchs



Oceans and Continents

History: Nurturing Nurses

Geography: Hot and Cold Places of the World

History: Communication through Time

Geography: Contrasting Countries: England & Somalia

History: Explorers



Settlements & Agriculture

History: Stone Age to Iron Age


Rivers & Coastal Processes

History: Ancient Egyptians

History: Overview of Ancient Civilisations

Geography: Tourism & Mediterranean Study


History: Ancient Greece

Geography: Climates and Biomes & Polar Climates

Geography: Volcanoes & Mountains

History: Ancient Rome

History: Roman Britain

Geography: Population and migration & Globalisation


History: Early Islamic Civilisation

Geography: North and South America & Rainforests

Geography: Agriculture across the world & Oceans

History: Anglo Saxons & Scots in Britain

History: Anglo Saxons and Vikings

Geography: Earthquakes & Water



Contrasting Regions

History: History of London

Geography: Natural Resources

History: British Empire & Colonialism

Geography: Migration: what is it like to emigrate?

History: World War 2