Geography at Shibden Head

At Shibden Head Primary Academy, we believe children learn best when they are actively engaged in their own learning and it is for this reason that we have put so much effort, energy and enthusiasm into our Learning Challenge Curriculum.  We aim to give children a broad understanding of Geography through creative, hands-on learning activities that engage and inspire the children. The teaching of Geography gives our children the opportunity to develop an understanding of their place in the world as well as studying aspects of physical and human geography.  Geographical skills are woven through the curriculum.  Geography is taught in every year group during the second half of the Autumn term.

Aims and Objectives

  • To teach our children geographical knowledge and understanding and to understand their place and role in the local, national and global community.
  • Children will develop knowledge about key physical and human geographical features of the world and the processes that gave rise to them.
  • To help our children to develop a positive attitude to Geography.
  • To encourage an open minded attitude that will promote within pupils an appreciation of the opinions of others.
  • To consider our own impact on the environment. Where appropriate, links will be made with other areas of the curriculum, e.g. PSHCE.
  • Children will develop geographical skills in order to interpret a range of sources of geographical information; analyse data gathered and to communicate information in a variety of ways.


The teaching of Geography at Shibden Head

The Academy follows the National Curriculum for Geography, whilst also using the Focus Academy Learning Challenge framework where appropriate. A long-term plan is in place for the teaching of Geography.

Geography is taught primarily through the Learning Challenge curriculum.  Each year group is taught elements of locational knowledge, place knowledge, human and physical geography and geographical skills and fieldwork to an age appropriate level during the Learning Challenge Geography theme.  Opportunities for further coverage are woven into other curriculum areas, e.g. orienteering in the Year 6 PE curriculum, calculating the cost of a holiday to Brazil in Maths, writing a non-chronological report about volcanoes in English.

The content of the Geography curriculum is primarily taught in the half term focus for Autumn 2 where there is a Geography-based question that forms the foundation of the Learning Challenge theme.  This question is broken down further through the asking of more focused questions which allow the children to investigate specific areas of their Geography focus.  Each class documents their learning using a Learning Challenge floor book that provides samples of work, photographs and comments from the children that evidence their geographical learning and understanding.

Year 4 children have a one night residential to Nell Bank in Ilkley.  Here they complete a river study, develop their map reading skills through orienteering and complete other tasks linked to an understanding of the importance of the outdoor environment.  This is great fun and for some children the first night that they have spent away from home – a great link between Geography and PSHCE.

Intent, implementation and impact statement

Geography intent implementation impact

Geography progressions and vocabulary document

Geography progression

The Learning Challenge titles:


Reception: Where would you go on holiday?

Year 1: Where is the Queen’s handbag?

Year 2: Which village would you choose?

Year 3: How many ways can you say hello? (European study)

Year 4: What does the river see on the way to the sea?

Year 5: Can you hear the raindrops? (Brazil)

Year 6: I’m a Year 6 pupil, can you get me out of here? (Focus on Geographical skills)


All year groups have access to atlases and ipads for research.  Further, year group specific, resources are held by staff.  The library at Shibden Head has books relevant to the topics we teach.  Children are also encouraged to use technology safely and accurately to research or present work using iPads or the ICT suite in school.

Long term plan Geography