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"A high-quality geography education should inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. Teaching should 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. As pupils progress, their growing knowledge about the world should help them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments. Geographical knowledge, understanding and skills provide the frameworks and approaches that explain how the Earth’s features at different scales are shaped, interconnected and change over time."  National Curriculum Geography Programme of Study, 2014.


Here at Dersingham we ensure children learn about human and physical geography, as well as obtain a secure grasp of locational knowledge.  Using a variety of resources and educational visits, children are encouraged to ask questions and become critical thinkers.  We aim to teach Geography in a cross-curricular way, where possible.  Please see below for the topics covered in each Year Group.

Year Group

Autumn Term 

Spring Term

Summer Term


Main Topic: Green Fingers/Celebrations

Children study the weather – specifically looking at weather around the world and seasonal weather.

Main Topic: Toys/Great Britain

Map skills – children learn the 4 countries of the UK and the capital cities and learn to locate them on a map.

Main Topic: Africa

Children compare and contrast localities – Africa and the UK.


Main Topic: Buildings

Children learn to name and locate the World’s 7 continents and 5 oceans.  They also study how homes are different around the World.

Main Topic: I'm Alive

Children study the local human features while studying maps.  They are able to use vocabulary to describe different parts of a map.

Main Topic: Caribbean

Children compare and contrast a location in the UK (London) and a non-European location (Bridgetown, Barbados)


Main Topic: Chocolate

Children study the World Map and learn to locate Europe and the Americas.  They also learn to describe the key physical and human characteristics and major cities.

Main Topic: Treasure

Children focus on the UK this term, learning to locate counties and major cities.  They are able to describe key topographical features and explain some changes over time.

Main Topic: Anglo-Saxons

Children continue to study the geography of the UK.  They identify the human and physical characteristics of the UK and explain some changes over time.


Main Topic: Pre-Roman Footprints from the Past

Children study the World Map, focusing on changes over time. They also study physical geography elements, including the water cycle and volcanoes.

Main Topic: Bright Sparks

Children undertake a study of the Map of Europe.  They are able to identify key aspects of human geography, including types of settlements, land use, trade link and distribution of food.

Main Topic: Chinese Tapestry

Children undertake a study into our local area.  Through fieldwork opportunities, they observe, measure, record and present the human and physical features of the local area.


Main Topic: Space Explorers

Children study the World Map, learning the position and significance of latitude, longitude, the Equator and the Tropics.  They use this information to calculate differences between time zones.

Main Topic: Health & Fitness

Children learn about physical geography, including studying the different biomes of our planet and climate zones.  They undertake an in-depth study of the Antarctic region.

Main Topic: Making New Materials

Children continue to study physical geography features, including studies on mountains and volcanoes.  They continue to practise their mapping skills.


Main Topic: Inventors

Children learn about different formats of maps, including Ordnance Survey maps.  They use the 8 points of a compass, as well as 4 and 6 figure grid references, to build their knowledge of the UK and the wider world.

Main Topic: Crime and Punishment

The children continue to reinforce their mapping skills, as well as sitting their SATs test this term.

Main Topic: Let's Design

Children undertake a study of the local area.  They compare maps from the past to maps now.  They use a variety of maps (including digital) to compare and contrast human geography features.


If you have any questions regarding Geography at Dersingham, please contact the School Office and ask to make an appointment with the Geography Co-Ordinator.  This is currently Mr Morgan.