Geography- Our Intent


Through the love and guidance of God, at Whitley Memorial School we intend to provide an education of the highest quality within the context of Christian practice, belief and our core values.

What we are trying to achieve:

Our principal aim is that children leave Whitley Memorial CofE School with a wide range of happy and rich memories in Geography formed through progressive interesting and exciting experiences that enhance a child’s awareness of their own abilities and strengths as a learner; thus, ensuring that children see learning in Geography as an on-going process not a one-off event.

Children will meet the National Curriculum expectations in Geography, which will be taught through progressive knowledge and skills, by highly-qualified, enthusiastic staff who will support children to develop mastery of concepts and inspire enthusiasm and interest in the subject.

Opportunities will exist for children of all ages to experience learning beyond the classroom. This will allow them to enrich their knowledge by, for example, visiting places they may not normally consider or places of geographical interest or conducting geographical surveys within the local area.

Children will develop a deep understanding of the subject knowledge and skills that they are studying. They will increasingly use their prior knowledge to solve problems and develop the sophistication of Geography.

Children will understand how Christian and British Values relate to Geography. (e.g. Food miles, importance of looking after God's creation).

In Geography, children will develop the skills to consider human and physical geographical characteristics, gain appropriate working knowledge of locality and conduct meaningful fieldwork.

Children will develop a real understanding and appreciation of the world learning from the best that has been developed and said. For example, local planning officers, retail managers and project and site manager.

Characteristics of a Geographer

  • An excellent knowledge of where places are and what they are like.
  • An excellent understanding of the ways in which places are interdependent and interconnected and how much human and physical environments are interrelated.
  • An extensive base of geographical knowledge and vocabulary.
  • Fluency in complex, geographical enquiry and the ability to apply questioning skills and use effective analytical and presentational techniques.
  • The ability to reach clear conclusions and develop a reasoned argument to explain findings.
  • Significant levels of originality, imagination or creativity as shown in interpretations and representations of the subject matter.
  • Highly developed and frequently utilised fieldwork and other geographical skills and techniques.
  • A passion for and commitment to the subject, and a real sense of curiosity to find out about the world and the people who live there.
  • The ability to express well-balanced opinions, rooted in very good knowledge and understanding about current and contemporary issues in society and the environment


Skills and Progression Tables