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Muswell Hill Primary School


The aim of the Geography curriculum is to inspire curiosity is the children about the world they live in.

We aim to ensure that our pupils of significant places/ landmarks in the world and understand the processes that give rise to physical and human geographical features.

Through the delivery of our curriculum, we aim to ensure that the children begin by developing their knowledge of the world, United Kingdom and the locality. As the move into Key Stage 2, they will extend their knowledge beyond the local area to North and South America and Europe.

As part of the curriculum, the children will develop their locational knowledge (locating countries, counties and cities of the United Kingdom). They will also develop their fieldwork skills and effectively use maps, globes and atlases.

Topics/themes are informed by the national curriculum and have been developed alongside one of our partners Haringey Education Partnership. Using our innovation grant, HEP has partnered with the best thinkers and experts in curriculum design and delivery. Working in partnership with Christine Counsell, HEP has designed, written and resourced a Key Stage 2 Humanities Curriculum. The geography curriculum at Muswell Hill is carefully planned and structured to ensure that current learning is linked to previous learning and that the school’s approaches are informed by current pedagogy - please see the humanities curriculum statement for deeper understanding. Children cover the curriculum content through planned units/topics/themes that have strong links to other subjects. Each teacher maps out and learning journey that takes into account previous knowledge, links to other subjects, planned off site trips or visitors all culminating in a meaningful outcome. This allows children to use and apply knowledge and skills from other subjects and apply their own disciplinary and substantive knowledge.

In line with the national curriculum 2014, the curriculum at MHPS aims to ensure that all pupils studying geography as a discipline will:

  • collect, analyse and communicate with a range of data gathered through experiences of fieldwork that deepen their understanding of geographical processes.
  • interpret a range of sources of geographical information, including maps, diagrams, globes, aerial photographs and geographical information systems.
  • communicate geographical information in a variety of ways, including through maps, numerical and quantitative skills and writing at length.