At Ark Bentworth, the Geography Curriculum is carefully mapped so that all pupils are equipped with a deep knowledge of locations, places and geographical landscapes across the world alongside an understanding of the conditions, processes and interactions that explain features, distribution patters and changes over time and space. Pupils are also provided with opportunities to develop and apply their geographical skills in map reading and observing, collecting, analysing, evaluating and communicating geographical information.

  • Year 1: Our Local Area, The United Kingdom
  • Year 2: Planet Earth, Life in Kenya
  • Year 3: Settlements and Land Use, Europe, Climate Zones and Biomes
  • Year 4: The Amazon: Rivers and Rainforests, The USA
  • Year 5: Asia, Mountains, Volcanoes and Earthquakes
  • Year 6: Global Challenges, Mapping the World

In Key Stage 1, Pupils begin their journey in geography with a study of the familiar: the local area. They then move outwards to study the United Kingdom and outwards again in to gain an overview of the world and the continents and oceans within it before focussing on what life is like in Kenya. Fieldwork provides physical opportunities for pupils to explore environments in concrete ways and allows pupils to discover the answers to questions such as – ‘What is it like in our local area?’.

In Key Stage 2, pupils explore the human and physical geography of a range of different locations and places: the United Kingdom, Europe, Italy, the Amazon, the USA and Asia. They also develop their understanding of physical geography including that of climate zones, biomes, rivers, mountains, volcanoes and earthquakes. Studies of the rainforests, natural disasters and challenges faced across the globe ensure pupils are also developing their understanding of the interaction between humans and the natural world. In each year group, pupils are able to explore using digital resources, globes and atlases. Fieldwork provides pupils with further opportunities to explore local environments and to discover answers to questions such as – ‘What kind of settlement do I live in?’ and ‘How is the river used in my locality?'. 

Geography Progression at Ark Bentworth