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At Hillcroft, we believe that Geography helps to provoke and inspire children to ask and provide answers to questions about the natural and human world. Children are encouraged to develop a greater understanding and knowledge of the world, as well as their place in it. The geography curriculum at Hillcroft is designed to ensure that teaching equips 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.

The progression of skills allows children to make connections and explore how the Earth and its people have changed over time. As children progress through the school, our curriculum ensures that knowledge and skills are transferable to other curriculum areas,  which are used to promote their spiritual, moral, social, and cultural development. 

Geography at Hillcroft is taught throughout the year. Key knowledge and skills of each topic have been identified and these are mapped across the school, ensuring that knowledge builds progressively and that children have the chance to develop and review skills throughout their school journey .These skills are outlined on the whole school Geography Knowledge and Skills Progression Map.

In Key Stage 1, we focus on map skills and identifying geographical similarities and differences. We are committed to providing children with opportunities to investigate and make enquiries about the local area, enabling them to develop a sense of who they are, where they live and features of their local environment. We introduce and encourage the use of geographical and technical vocabulary throughout all lessons. As pupils progress through the school into key stage 2, their growing knowledge about the world helps them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments. In key stage 2 we aim to extend the use of geographical and technical vocabulary. In time, so these terms become rooted in children’s long-term memory. 

We inspire learners to grow in confidence by providing risk-taking opportunities. Across the school we provide opportunities for developing fieldwork and geographical skills such as map reading and the use of compasses through our Outdoor Learning curriculum.