“Geography explains the past, illuminates the present and prepares us for the future. What could be more important than that?” – Michael Palin

Geography is taught at Abingdon Primary School to inspire children to become global citizens and to develop an awareness of environmental issues. Teaching geography enables the children to investigate the world around them and the people who live in it, studying a range of locations, places and environments. Through studying geography, children are taught about the environment in their locality as well as localities outside their immediate area. At Abingdon Primary School, our aim is for all children to have access to stimulating and practical lessons which enables them to deepen understanding and extend geographical vocabulary in contexts which are purposeful and meaningful.


  • Inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world;
  • 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;
  • Develop a growing knowledge about the world to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments;
  • Acquire geographical knowledge, vocabulary and skills;
  • Enable children to learn and explain how the Earth’s features at different scales are shaped, interconnected and change over time.

Teaching Geography:

At Abingdon Primary School, Geography topics have been mapped to the National Curriculum Programme of Study for Geography. In lessons, a variety of approaches and resources are used to take into account children’s interests and needs, including field trips, local area studies, KWL grids, the use of high-quality texts and access to the internet. Other approaches include the use of challenging learning techniques to promote enquiry led thinking and allow the children to draw upon and practise using the vast range of geographical vocabulary to both name and identify places, and to deepen their understanding of the wider world.

 “The study of geography is about more than just memorising places on a map. It’s about understanding the complexity of our world.” – Barack Obama

Click HERE to view the geography skills progression.


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