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Longcause Community Special School

Longcause Community Special School

Learning for Life


Welcome to the Geography curriculum webpage

Subject leader: Adam Mudford

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Geography Curriculum Intent Statement



Our Geography curriculum is intended to inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about their locality and the wider world and to use this knowledge to gain an understanding of themselves and the world around them. The curriculum has been designed to encourage our pupils with a relevant, exciting and meaningful Geography experience, whilst captivating and challenging our learners at all levels. The intent is that it is engaging, purposeful and will encourage pupils to see the world through their own eyes, and through those of others. 


Our Geography curriculum intends to develop children’s knowledge, curiosity and fascination about the world and its people as well as their place within it.  It is intended that children develop geographical vocabulary, knowledge and concepts across the three geographical strands of location/place, human/physical geography and geographical skills and fieldwork.


Children at the beginning of their learning journey in Geography begin to develop a vocabulary to describe their immediate environment and to explore some key geographical themes. Through exploring spaces and manipulating objects within environments they begin to develop an understanding of the world around them and develop their skills of communicating this.


The geography curriculum extends further into developing an idea of their own local environment and then into exploring the physical and human geography of their locality in a regional, national and global context. As children progress through the coherent sequence of learning, the content and development of key concepts expand to look at human and physical geography within Europe and the world. Key concepts of place, space, weather and climate and the environment are explored across the progressive curriculum enabling the children to gain a better understanding of the world around them and their own place within it.


Based on evidence from cognitive science, it is proven that: spaced repetition; interleaving and retrieval of previously learning significantly aids learning and the curriculum has been written to enable children to know more, remember more and do more. 




Geography will be taught through a scheme of work which is planned by the Geography subject leader. This will be delivered in classes weekly alternating with History. We will focus largely on local geography as this is relevant to our pupils and allows them opportunities to understand and visit their local area. There are opportunities to explore our local area, take part in trips and annual residential visits to apply their learning and Key stage 4 opportunities for Duke of Edinburgh Award.

We utilise opportunities outside the classroom to enrich children’s experiences and offer pupils access to real-life learning as much as possible by using the local area, having visitors into school who can share expertise and taking part in trips relevant to the current topic. Children will also have a ‘Weekly Virtual Visit’ timetabled every week, where they will zoom into a mix of local towns, cities and countries around the world. They will use the geography C.L.O.C.C acronym to help them describe places in terms of continent, latitude, ocean, country and compass direction.



Our children will gain:


  • A wider understanding of the world
  • Knowledge that other countries exist; knowing what is different and the same as our own local area
  • Understand their place within the world
  • Knowledge of what the world has to offer them
  • Increased awareness that people and places have similarities and differences
  • Ability to navigate the world
  • Ability to use a range of geographical vocabulary to develop their communication and social skills
  • Enjoyment of the world they live in which, in turn, will support their mental well being

Geography Curriculum Progression

Exploring our local area, trips and residential visits