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Geography at Prince Rock



Creating a sense of ‘Here and There’  provided the basis for the LAT Geography curriculum overview. A clear vision that Geography should be one of the predominant drivers beside the curriculum alongside the LAT ‘We Will’s’ ensures that all of our children have the opportunity to find out about the world around them and explore their place within it. 


A sense of rigour and clear structure means that the National Curriculum is set as the minimum expectation for all schools within the LAT. A sense of location as well as the development of key Geographical concepts were also used to create flow within the Geography curriculum. The local context is vitally important to give our children an idea of Plymouth and the South West’s role in local, national and world geography. At Prince Rock, we focus on three key concepts location, place & environment and scale. These form the basis of our geography teaching.



Children within the EYFS at Prince Rock have a wide range of opportunities to discover the world around them. Regular walks to around the local area allow the children to develop a practical and visual  understanding of the knowledge they require to move into KS1 and KS2. They explore a range of books (both fiction and non-fiction) which provide wide opportunities to compare and contrast locations. They use maps, atlases and technology to discover the local area as well as the world beyond Plymouth. Children within the EYFS learn key geographical vocabulary linking with concepts and ideas needed to develop their geographical knowledge.






Key Stage One

Children at KS1 develop an idea of their own local environment and then go on explore the physical and human geography of their locality in a regional, national and global context. Key ideas are introduced settlement, land use and the impact of the local environment on man’s activity.  At Prince Rock we begin by focusing on the local area in which we live by taking walks around the local areas (Prince Rock, Laira Heritage Trail), to understand the geographical features of where they live. In Prince Rock, we have 22% of children speaking English as an additional language with 22 languages spoken. In KS1, we will identify these countries when using maps and atlases to build an understanding of different cultures.





Key Stage Two

As they move into KS2, the content and development of key ideas expand to look at Human and Physical Geography within Europe and the world. The concepts of settlement, land use, trade and the distribution of natural resources are explored within the physical and natural environment and the potential conflicts this creates. Prince Rock will compare and contrast places in our wider local area (Dartmoor) to other places around the world. At Prince Rock, we will identify the different cultures within our KS2 children and focus on these when we are looking at the places around the world.


Our objective is to develop a clear knowledge and understanding of a wide range of geographical contexts and ideas and for all children at Prince Rock to use these to make links to notice how the world around us has changed. From EYFS to year 6 children will use a range of resources to develop their field skills and understanding of map work. High quality teaching ensures this knowledge is embedded throughout the school. At the same time, a whole school focus on improving oracy skills and frequent vocabulary development is very important in the teaching of Geography. This approach provides the opportunity for language development and ensures that disadvantaged groups, as well as SEND and EAL children, can access the Geography curriculum at Prince Rock.



Our Geography curriculum has been structured to enable children to know more, remember more and do more and is assessed against the Trivium continuum. To assess their knowledge throughout the sequence of learning we use tools such as low stakes retrieval quizzes and graphic organisers. To assess their dialogic thinking, opportunities to discuss and debate are planned into each unit of learning. At the end of each unit children communicate their understanding, e.g. through reports and presentations, answering enquiry questions. 

Global Learning at Prince Rock 

At Prince Rock, we are passionate about Global Learning. We want to raise awareness, appreciate and celebrate cultural diversity within our school and throughout the world. We look at 'big issues' such as poverty and pollution, providing opportunities for pupils to recognise, understand and appreciate similarities and differences. We have had partner schools in South Africa for over 10 years which has provided a chance for pupils and staff to bring the wider world and different perceptions into the classroom. We have started to embed global learning throughout our Geography curriculum, ensuring that all children are given the chance to learn about global and local issues and develop as global citizens. Our Geography knowledge organisers highlight the global links and learning that each year group will be covering in the term.





Overall, the geography we offer to our children aims to instil a lifelong love of the world and ensures that all of our children have the opportunity to find out about the world around them and explore their place within it. In order to support this all children will use maps and other resources on a range trips in the local area.

Geography Matrix

Geography Skills Progression

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