‘Trusting in God; Growing in Wisdom’

Becoming Geographers

Globe Showing Americas on Google Android 11.0 In his hand are the depths of the earth, and the mountain peaks belong to him. The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land.
Psalm 95: 4-5


Geography at Whitegate CE Primary School


At Whitegate CE Primary School we aim to inspire in children to be curious and fascinated about God's world and its inhabitants.  As we appreciate the natural beauty of the earth we are thankful to God for all that he has created.  Our aim is, not only for the children to grow in knowledge, but also in wisdom as we learn to be more socially and environmentally sensitive, better informed, and more responsible as citizens; afterall, we are called to be good stewards of God's earth. 

Our curriculum equips children with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, the formation and use of landscapes and environments, together with an understanding of the earth's physical and human processes and the interactions between these.

Geography enables our children to be aware of the knowledge, skills and cultural capital in order to have a broad and balanced view on the world.


The aims of teaching geography in our school are:

  • To enable children to know about the location of the world’s continents, countries, cities, seas and oceans.
  • To give a particular focus to the study of local geography to enable children to understand and appreciate their locality.
  • To develop the skills of interpreting a range of sources of geographical information, including maps, diagrams, globes, aerial photographs and Geographical Information Systems.
  • To help children understand how the human and physical features of a place can change over time.
  • To enable children to progressively develop their geographical skills (including fieldwork) throughout their school journey.


Websites we recommend to explore:
enlightenedGoogle Maps: 
enlightenedUK OS Maps: https://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/
enlightenedNational Geographic:
enlightenedRoyal Geography Website: https://www.rgs.org/schools/teaching-resources/
enlightenedGeography Association: https://www.geography.org.uk/
enlightenedBBC Weather: https://www.bbc.co.uk/weather
enlightenedKids First News Newspapers: https://www.firstnews.co.uk/  


If you have any questions about our Geography curriculum, please contact Mrs Mackenzie (subject lead) on mail contact@whitegate.cheshire.sch.uk
Thank you


Our Geography year group curriculum overview:

  Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term
Year 1

Everywhere Around Me


Seasons and the Weather


Aerial photographs and plans


Devising simple maps



(History Focus)

Castles and Homes


Similarities and differences of homes around the world

Hot and cold places

Year 2



Using world maps, atlases and globes to identify the UK, continents and oceans


Understand geographical similarities and differences through studying the human and physical geography of a small area of the UK and a contrasting non-European country - Jamaica and Scotland

Fascinating Fight


Landmarks and basic human and physical features


Simple fieldwork and observational skills to study the geography of school and its grounds

Compass points

Beside the Seaside

Continents and Oceans

 Wales and Llandudno



Name, locate and identify characteristics of the four countries and capital cities of the UK and its surrounding seas

Year 3/4

Rocks, Relics and Rumbles


Volcanoes, earthquakes, landslides and the layers of the earth



The Industrial Revolution


Changes in landscape during the Industrial Revolution

Locating countries.

Britain colonised during this time and the different routes they think people would have taken to reach the various British colonies, deciding why particular areas may have been colonised or certain routes wouldn’t have been viable




Raging Rivers


Human geography including types of settlement and land use


South America


Environmental regions, key physical and human characteristics, countries and major cities

Map Work (OS) including 4-figure grid references (linked to the residential visit)


Year 4/5

North America

including biomes

Environmental regions, key physical and human characteristics, countries and major cities



Mountains, including Antarctica

Climate change - Our World, our Responsibility

Raging Rivers

including the water cycle



Locate the world's countries - environmental regions and major cities

Map Work (OS) including 6-figure grid references linked to the residential visit

Year 5/6

Vale Royal

Local geography



Climate change - Our World, our Responsibility


Economic Activity and Trade Links


Our Natural World

Human geography distribution of natural resources including energy, food, minerals and water.


Map Work (OS) including 6-figure grid references linked to the residential visit

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