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Garlinge Primary School and Nursery, Westfield Road, Margate, Kent, CT9 5PA


At Garlinge Primary School & Nursery, Geography is a subject taught in a cross curricular approach, with it being the lead subject for 3 terms of the year. We follow the main aims of the Geography curriculum to ensure that all pupils:

  • develop contextual knowledge of the location of globally significant places - both terrestrial and marine - including their defining physical and human characteristics and how these provide a geographical context for understanding the actions of processes
  • understand the processes that give rise to key physical and human geographical features of the world, how these are interdependent and how they bring about spatial variation and change over time
  • are competent in the geographical skills needed to:
    • 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 (GIS)
    • communicate geographical information in a variety of ways, including through maps, numerical and quantitative skills and writing at length.

Key Stage 1

In Key Stage 1, pupils will develop knowledge about the world, the United Kingdom and their locality. They will begin to understand subject-specific vocabulary relating to both human and physical geography and begin to develop their geographical skills.

Key Stage 2

In Key Stage 2, pupils will extend their knowledge and understanding beyond our local area, including the United Kingdom and Europe, North and South America. This will include a mix of human and physical features. They will continue to develop their geographical skills.

An overview of Geography topics covered for academic year 2021-2022 follows:

Term Nursery Reception Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Year 5 Year 6

Foundation Stage – Key Learning Objections based on Early Learning Goals


Find out about their environment and talk about those features they like and dislike.

Transport vehicles eg: bicycles, tricycles, toy cars etc.
They talk about the features of their own immediate environment and how environments might vary from one another. They make observations of animals and plants and explain why some things occur, and talk about changes.

2 Hot and Cold Countries  Around the World        
3         USA  
4 Landscapes Nighttime Environment Modern Greece England – The Lake District USA Our World Maps
5     Rivers What is it like to live in the city of London?   South American Geography - physical and political.
6   Margate and the local area Scotland How do volcanoes and earthquakes affect the lives of people? Mountains Physical Geography - biomes/climates

Opportunities are provided for the children to learn from a range of sources of evidence, such as: books, maps, pictures, photographs, oral sources and geographical equipment. ICT links are encouraged and explored to enhance the children's learning. Educational visits and visitors are also promoted and organised where appropriate for enrichment opportunities linking to topics covered.

Bronze PGQM Award

We are very proud to have achieved the bronze Primary Geography Quality Mark in 2022. 

These are just a few of the strengths of the school that the moderation team noted:

  • Planning, as a bespoke vision, is exciting, engaging and creatively applied by teaching staff across the school.
  • Relevant and involving topics, such as ‘Landscapes’ in Year 1, ‘Margate and the local area’ in Year 2 and ‘Modern Greece’ in Year 3, help to bring teaching and learning alive and ensure engagement from pupils to develop their knowledge and understanding.
  • There are a variety of approaches to map work, such as using the Story Map, ‘USA enrichment day’ and other collaborative tasks as a stimulus provide a strong platform to develop pupils’ knowledge and understanding.

Year 4 Geography Topic - London

Year 4 have thoroughly enjoyed their geography-based topic ‘London’ this term. They researched fascinating facts about London’s famous buildings and landmarks, then wrote amazing persuasive adverts to encourage people to visit. They have also created some wonderful London artwork and brushed up on their UK geographical knowledge. Well done Year 4!


Geography Displays 

Here are some of our displays from different year groups which follow our Geography curriculum. Great work Garlinge!

Geography Displays 1 Geography Displays 2 Geography Displays 3 Geography Displays 4