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At Nelson Primary School, our geography curriculum is designed with a commitment to inclusivity, fostering curiosity, and instilling a fascination with the world and its people in every child. We strive for a high-quality geographical education that goes beyond classroom boundaries. Our teaching aims to equip pupils with a comprehensive understanding of places, people, environmental resources, and the processes that shape both the physical and human aspects of our world.

We believe in nurturing not only knowledge but also essential geographical skills. Pupils will learn to collect and analyse data, utilise maps, globes, aerial photographs, and digital mapping to identify countries, continents, and oceans. Communication is a key aspect, encouraging students to convey information effectively using various mediums. We believe that learning about geography should be an enjoyable and enriching experience, achieved not only through classroom engagement but also via fieldwork and educational visits.

Geography at Nelson Primary School is more than just a subject; it's about fostering a sense of responsibility and global citizenship.

We emphasise local and global perspectives, promoting an understanding of the interconnectedness of our world. Each year group explores human geography within their topics, instilling a sense of environmental stewardship and global awareness.

In Year 1, pupils delve into the contrasts of 'Hot and Cold' countries, pondering the reasons behind diverse climates and understanding our collective responsibility. Year 2 focusses on 'The seaside,' prompting students to grasp the challenges our coastal towns face and instilling a sense of responsibility for the planet. Year 3 tackles 'Rainforests' and the repercussions of deforestation on a global scale, highlighting the impact on the world's resources. In Year 4, pupils work as 'Global Caretakers,' exploring the origins of resources and contemplating ways to conserve them. This includes delving into real-life scenarios and moral dilemmas, fostering active compassion.



Being situated in the resource-rich heart of Birmingham, our pupils explore the local area through map work, museum visits, trips to green spaces, and places of worship. Challenging texts, such as 'The Whitby Witches' and 'A Long Way Home,' are integrated into the curriculum to deepen understanding, develop language, and encourage investment in learning.

As pupils progress, they become familiar with geographical terms and vocabulary, consistently embedded within our curriculum. Vocabulary development is enhanced through the use of tier 2 and tier 3 words, ensuring a comprehensive and rich understanding of the subject.


Our geography curriculum adheres to the 2014 Primary National Curriculum in England, providing a broad framework that outlines knowledge and skills across key stages. Teachers plan engaging lessons with a carefully structured humanities' curriculum, ensuring progression in geography skills and knowledge throughout the academic year. We are dedicated to engaging and exciting all our learners, using long-term and medium-term plans that map out themes for each term and year group. Join us on this exciting journey of exploration and discovery!