Geography - Intent, Implementation and Impact


Through the teaching of Geography at Otterburn Primary School we aim to:

  • Inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about their community, the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. 

  • Equip pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth's key physical and human processes.

  • Help them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, including those in their local area, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments.

  • Provide the framework and approaches that explain how the Earth's features at different scales are shaped, interconnected and change over time.



At Otterburn Primary school we teach a broad and balanced Geography curriculum through cross curricular topics. Across the school topics are taught on a two year cycle with an overarching theme.  In Key stage 1 and 2 topics are taught over a whole term allowing for a greater depth of study.  In Early Years they are taught half termly. Teachers work together to allow for the development of skills and knowledge from one year group to another.  Prior learning is identified and referred to throughout the topic. Children are encouraged to make  links between their previous learning and what they are learning now. Wherever possible links are also made to other subjects and children are encouraged to transfer skills from one area to another. School trips and visitors are used to enhance the learning.




At Otterburn Primary School we want children to love learning. Our Geography curriculum allows teachers to plan creative and exciting activities that make learning relevant and memorable.


Progress is measured each term by ongoing teacher observation, questioning around the key skills and knowledge of the topicand by answering a key question at the end of the topic to share and demonstrate all their learning.