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Emmanuel Holcombe Geography vision


Geography is essentially about understanding the world we live in. It helps to provoke and provide answers to questions about the natural and human aspects of the world. At Emmanuel Holcombe children are encouraged to develop a greater understanding and knowledge of the world, as well as their place in it. 

The geography curriculum enables children to develop knowledge and skills that are transferrable to other curriculum areas. Geography is an investigative subject, which develops an understanding of concepts, knowledge and skills. At Emmanuel Holcombe our intent, when teaching geography, is to inspire in children a curiosity and fascination about the world and people within it; to promote the children’s interest and understanding of diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. 


The Emmanuel Holcombe curriculum is shaped by the school vision to enable all children, regardless of background, ability or additional needs to flourish and live life to the full. Our geography curriculum has been designed in line with the National Curriculum (2014), to produce clear skills and knowledge progression. This ensures that skills and knowledge are built on and sequenced appropriately to maximise learning for all children.  

The curriculum is organized into cross curricular topics where skills and knowledge are developed over a two year period. There are 3 topics each year with a geographical focus, but geography objectives are also developed within other curriculum topic areas where possible and appropriate. Staff plan the units using the progression of skill and knowledge document. The objectives are shared with pupils at the start of the unit on the ‘Topic Title Page’ and work clearly links to the objectives. For each unit, work/activities/evidence is collected in an A4+ scrap book and learning is reviewed by pupil and teacher at the end of the unit of the ‘End of Topic Page’. 

It is important that children develop the skills of a geographer by fully immersing them in all areas of the subject. The local area is fully utilized to achieve desired outcomes, with opportunities for learning outside the classroom embedded in practice. School trips and fieldwork are provided to give first hand experiences, which enhance children’s understanding of the world beyond their locality. 

The curriculum is developed using the following: 

  • Inspire Curriculum 

  • PlanBee resources 

  • Visitors 

  • Visits to places of local interest 



By the time the children leave Emmanuel Holcombe they will have had accessed high quality teaching, of a progressive curriculum which supports them to develop the skills and knowledge listed in the Geography Programs of Study Key Stages 1 and 2 (2013).  

In particular we hope that all children will: 

  • Have an excellent knowledge of where places are and what they are like. 

  • Have an excellent understanding of the ways in which places are interdependent and interconnected and how much human and physical environments are interrelated. 

  • Have an extensive base of geographical knowledge and vocabulary. 

  • Be fluent in complex, geographical inquiry and the ability to apply questioning skills and use effective analytical and presentation techniques. 

  • Have the ability to reach clear conclusions and develop a reasoned argument to explain findings. 

  • Have significant levels of originality, imagination or creativity as shown in interpretations and representations of the subject matter. 

  • Be highly developed and frequently utilized fieldwork and other geographical skills and techniques. 

  • Have 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. 

  • Have the ability to express well-balanced opinions, rooted in very good knowledge and understanding about current and contemporary issues in society and the environment. 

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