Geography and Outdoor Learning

The aim of geography teaching at Hartley Primary Academy is to inspire a curiosity about the world and its people. We teach children about their local area, the United Kingdom and the wider world.

Within KS1 children will be taught about the seven continents and 5 oceans as well as the four countries and capital cities of the United Kingdom. We will be looking at the similarities and differences between the UK and contrasting non European countries. We will teach children both human and physical geography when looking at seasonal and daily weather patterns. Children will be using geographical vocabulary to describe key physical features such as; beach, cliff, forest, hill and human features such as; city, town, house and farm.

Children will be taught to develop a range of geographical skills such as map reading and compass directions as well as fieldwork and observation skills.

Within KS2 we will be developing these key skills and beginning to look at the wider world including America. Children will identify the position and significance of latitude and longitude and the Equator. Children will develop understanding about the key aspects of physical geography such as; climate zones, biome and vegetation belts. They will also look at a variety of human geography features including; settlements and land use. Within KS2, children will also continue to develop their observation and fieldwork skills through looking at four and six-figure grid references and symbols.

To enhance children’s learning in geography they will also be given the opportunity for geographical visits.

Outdoor Learning 

At Hartley Primary Academy, we value outdoor learning as it provides memorable learning experiences for pupils in a natural environment. We have found that the philosophy behind outdoor learning very much links with what is being promoted within our thinking schools. These enriching experiences help develop pupils self confidence, independence, risk assessment, perseverance and reliance.

Our Reception class’s complete half a day’s Forest School with a trained ranger once a week. We are keen to promote this throughout the whole school and utilise our fantastic school grounds.

Miss Lawford 

Geography and Outdoor Learning Co-ordinator

Department of Education – Geography programmes of study: key stages 1 and 2