Miss C Colwill – Geography Lead

A geographer’s journey begins long before children first pass through our doors and will continue long after they leave. At Hillfort, children acquire geographical knowledge and skills as well as developing a curiosity and fascination about the world and the people within it. We want our children to think and see the world like a geographer.

We believe that our pupils deserve to understand where and why things happen and appreciate the impact human and physical processes have on our world, our lives and the lives of others.  We want our children to be able to provoke and provide questions and answers about the world they live in and the people who share it with them.  Children at Hillfort will be knowledgeable and empathetic geographers.

Our geography curriculum is rooted in children having secure knowledge of our world, both human and physical, both near and far, both then and now. This knowledge is embedded through recap and revisiting to ensure children move towards automaticity. Alongside acquiring knowledge, children will develop skills which they will deliberately practise to ensure independence – including map and atlas skills, fieldwork skills, as well as developing the communication skills of a geographer.

Starting in EYFS and building step-by-step to Year 6, having secure geographical knowledge and skills will enable Hillfort children to go to secondary school already confident in the key areas of geography. But more than this, it will inspire them to reflect on the ramifications of today on theirs and others  tomorrows and, maybe try to solve, rather than add to, some of the problems facing the world’s population.

Long Term Planning

Hillfort Specific

Embody the school’s values
Kindness, resilience, challenge, courage, aspiration
Cultural isolation
Embracing multiculturalism and fighting the corrosive effects of intolerance.
Closing the vocabulary gap
Plan for reading to improve tier 2 words

Geographical Concepts

What happens there?
What features are there?
How do they change?
Patterns and distributions of places and features
Environment (H+P processes)
Physical Earthquakes
Rivers Erosion
Human Migration
Environmental impacts
Cultural awareness

Geographical Skills

Map Work
Compass points
Grid references
Sketch maps
Collaborating and selecting
Data collection
Bar and line graphs
Annotating maps and photographs

Curriculum Maps:

Year 1
9 lessons – FieldworkHuman and physical features of the school.
Mapping of the school
8 lessons – Our Cornish HomeMap skills
Land uses – villages, towns, cities
Identifying features from photos and aerial views
8 lessons – Comparing Cornwall to another area
8 lessons – My CountryUK countries and seas
Nearest neighbours
6 lessons – Weather PatternsSeasonal weather
Simple weather pictograms
Comparing weather in Scotland to Cornwall
3 lessons – Fieldwork“Best place”
Year 2
9 lessons – Around the WorldWhat is a continent?
Looking at each continent and their climate, foods, how many people live there.
12 lessons – Our OceansWhat is an ocean?
Where are the world’s oceans?
How deep are the oceans?
Why are oceans important?
What live in the oceans?
How is the ocean different at the North Pole and Equator?
Why are oceans under threat?
How are people protecting oceans?
How can we protect oceans?
4 lessons – WeatherInvestigate weather in polar regions
Investigate weather in equatorial regions
Investigate/recap weather in the UK
11 lessons – Year 1 Covid Catch up (My Country)UK countries and seas
Nearest neighbours
Capital cities and landmarks within them
Explore features of cities
Comparing Plymouth to __________
Fieldtrip to Plymouth identifying features
6 lessons – Routes and JourneysFieldwork
Mapping routes around Liskeard
Looking at journeys our food takes
Migration of birds
Year 3
5 lessons – CountiesMap symbols
Compass directions
4 lessons – Mapping our worldTropics, equator, polar regions, hemispheres, tectonics
9 lessons – Mountains and volcanoes
6 lessons – Deserts
4 lessons – North AmericaMountains?
6 lessonsFieldwork
Map skills
Year 4
4 lessons – Mapping our worldTropics, equator, polar regions, hemispheres, tectonics
6 lessons – Wild weatherWeather patterns
5 lessons – Earthquakes and Tsunamis
8 lessons – RiversUK rivers
Rivers around the world
How do rivers shape the land?
Why are rivers important?
River pollution
7 lessons – RainforestsDifferent layers of a rainforest
Where are rainforests located?
5 lessons – SettlementsTo be able to identify settlements and reasons why they settled where they did.
Using OS maps to identify common map symbols
Use these to compare towns and cities
Look at how settlements are connected.
6 lessonsFieldwork
Year 5
9 lessons – CoastsWhat are coasts?
How are they formed?
Physical features of coasts
Processes of erosion
Coastal management
Use maps and secondary sources to research and describe coastal areas
4 lessons – Time Zones
8 lessons – Energy and the EnvironmentNatural resources in Britain and how they are used.
Which natural resources are used to produce energy?
Renewable energy and the pros and cons
Where is wood produced and consider problems
10 lessons – Biomes (Tundra and Grasslands)Comparing biomes
How are biomed being damaged?
Are all biomes equally as fragile?
How are biomes being protected and preserved?
Extended writing
6 lessonsFieldwork
Regenerating a local area
Year 6
7 lessons – TradePlot trade roots around the world
Different types of trade
8 lessons – Sustainability and Global Warming
8 lessons – Local FieldworkEconomic activity
Land use
Climate zones
7 lessons – Settlements and MigrationIf I could live anywhere, where it be?
10 lessonsComparing 3 locations