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Lunsford: A Journey of Success and Excellence


"Geography helps people to make sense of the fast changing highly interconnected and interdependent world in which they live". For this to happen they need to know where places are, why they are there, what they are like, how they are linked and how they affect each other. This operates on a physical and human level. Place, Space and Environment are the key areas we consider. But at Lunsford, we want the children to have an opportunity to grasp more. We want children to be excited about the world around them, to be curious, to appreciate and encounter the diversity of life on earth.
Topics and methods of teaching have been adapted from the 2014 National Curriculum to suit our beliefs and policies. Topics taught across the Key Stages  are often linked to other subjects and this is particularly relevant with History, PSHE, Art, Numeracy and to a greater extent Literacy, whereby topics may be explored through the use of drama, discussion and report writing.
Different methods are used to teach Geography and this may be by using non- fiction and fiction books, drama, the Internet, photographs, maps, cartoons, tables, film, diagrams and so on. Class trips out are also an important way of getting children to engage in their environment. Mapping skills are very important too, and  begin with the Key Stage 1 children working out where there are in the school grounds itself by using a plan-view map.
During the year, Key Stage 1 children study the weather, compare hot and cold countries ,and enjoy a topic on China, as well as developing their mapping skills.


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In Key Stage 2 we study the countries of Brazil and Russia and consider  where our food is sourced from across the globe, and compare our local rivers with the River Amazon.  We also endeavour to extend children's world knowledge by making the children aware of world and national charity days such as Water Week and Red Nose Day and what these achieve around the world. School charity efforts in the past have had a global dimension such as sending unwanted books to the library at Nabonggo school in Mbale, Uganda.



Assemblies such as discussion about refugees, also help to achieve our aims and values in Geography.

Curriculum overview 2020 - 2021


              Autumn Terms



Year 1

Term 1

London & the         countries of the U.K


The countries that make up

the United Kingdom

Monuments and landmarks,

Natural features of London

Maps and directional language


Term 3           Antarctica



Cold location

Compare to living in Larkfield

Homes and transport





Term 5           Australia

Hot location

(Refer to recent bush fires disaster)

Man- made and natural landmarks/monuments

Home and transport

Compare to living in Larkfield




Year 2

Term 1



and studying the local area

naming and locating the 7 continents and oceans.


Term 3


Location, food, climate,

their school our school,

capital cities mini topic

Consolidate mapwork, continents and

Comparing human/ physical features of the UK and a non-European country

Term 4

Compare life on a small

Scottish island

with Larkfield

(Katie Morag stories)

Consolidate mapwork, continents

and Geog vocabulary



Year 3


(Term 2)        


Mapwork, continents

Endangered Amazon,

City life, Carnival

Consolidate Continents

and geog, vocabulary

eg Northern, Southern hemispheres


Term 4


and Earthquakes

Relate Pompeii facts to previous

Romans Topic

Consolidate KS2 level mapwork,

Continents and Geog vocabulary


Term 6            


with special focus on R. Amazon


Research endangered Amazon, relate to recent environmental concerns

Consolidate KS2 mapwork, continents

and Geog vocabulary

Year 4

Term 1


Lots of cross-curricula artwork!

Remember to include mapwork,

kn. of continents and oceans

and assoc. vocabulary



(Term 4)


Consolidate mapwork,

kn. of continents and oceans

and assoc. vocabulary


Plastic Pollution


Include mapwork,

kn. of continents and oceans

Year 5


Term 2              Russia



Contrast way of rural /urban

and life with UK




Term 5     

Extreme Weather

Special Focus on U.S weather

U,S climate overview

Floods, drought, hurricanes, blizzards

Contrast with UK experience

Include mapwork

and Year 5 required vocab

Term 6

Sustainable energy



Consolidate mapwork,

kn. of continents and oceans

and assoc. vocabulary

Year 6


Term 2

Capital cities,

with a focus on London

Remember to include mapwork,

kn. of continents and oceans

and assoc. vocabulary


Term 3


Fair Trade

Include mapwork, continents,

vocab eg hemispheres and tropics

latitude, longitude etc


Term 5

Coasts and

the Isle of Wight

Consolidate mapwork,

kn. of continents and oceans

and assoc. vocabulary