Map and Compass

The study of Geography is to enable pupils to understand the interaction of human beings with their environments– at personal, local, regional, national and global scales. 


In EYFS, pupils are taught the knowledge and skills for ‘People and Communities’ and ‘The World’ using a thematic approach outlined in our EYFS Curriculum for Understanding the World (see EYFS Curriculum). The themes are linked to the Scheme of Work for Key Stage 1 to ensure progression as pupils move from EYFS to Key Stage 1. 

What our pupils will learn (intent):

At Cononley Primary School, we use the Connected Geography Scheme of Work to deliver the National Curriculum for Geography throughout Key Stage 1 and 2. The scheme of work is well-sequenced, with a clear progression in knowledge, skills, concepts and vocabulary and links to other curriculum subjects. The scheme of work provides resources to support teaching and learning in Geography. 

Our school has some single age classes and some mixed-age classes; the class structures vary from year to year so our long term plan has been designed to be flexible. A rolling programme is in place to ensure that all Geography topics are taught to all pupils during each key stage. Schemes of work make explicit links to Geography topics studied in previous years and key stages so that children are able to make connections and strenghen their Geographical knowledge. 

Rolling Programme for Key Stage 1:

Year A  (2021-2022)

Year B (2022-2023)

Rolling programme for Key Stage 2: 

Year A  (2023-2024)

Year B (2024-2025)

Year C (2021-2022)

Year D (2022-2023)

How the Geography curriculum will be taught to our pupils (implementation):

In Key Stage 1, Geography topics are taught in a block of lessons each half term. 

In Key Stage 2, Geography topics are taught in weekly lessons. One Geography topic each year is taught for a full term, followed by a shorter Geography topic, which is taught for half a term. For the remaining term and a half of the school year, Geography topics are taught in the same way. This enables pupils to focus on aspects of particular topics for a greater period of time, allowing for greater depth of study, rather than teaching both History and Geography topics simultaneously.

Progression and Assessment


Regular observations and assessments of learning are recorded using an on-line journal (Tapestry) and contribute to a summative assessment at the end of EYFS using the Early Years Outcomes for Understanding the World: ‘People and Communities’ and ‘The World’.

Key Stage 1

Regular, ongoing observational assessments are made and recorded in the Geography Big Book. Geography topics are revisited by looking at the Big Book at regular intervals through the year to ensure children remember what they have learned. The information from teacher’s assessments contributes to an end of year summative assessment.

Key Stage 2

We carry out 'sticky knowledge' checks every half term in line with research which shows that retrieval checks of knowledge at regular, spaced intervals (ideally at 2, 6 and 12 weeks after completing a topic) enable knowledge to be transferred to long-term memory. Progress is measured by children knowing and remembering more.


The impact of the curriculum will be reviewed (during the year and at the end of the year), through assessments of pupils’ learning to identify how much knowledge they have gained and remembered over time.