Geography at Stocksbridge Junior School

Our Aims

At Stocksbridge Junior School our Geography teaching is all about developing an understanding of our world, through experience, investigation and use of secondary sources. As well as learning about the World around us, Geography also enables us to gain a greater understanding of the ways of life and cultures of people in other places. The study of the local area is an important part of Geography taught at our school with activities being planned to build upon children’s knowledge and understanding of the local area.

Through our teaching of Geography, we aim to:

  • Develop children’s understanding of place; learning where places are and what they are like.
  • Help children acquire and develop the skills and confidence to undertake investigations, problem-solving and decision-making activities.
  • Stimulate the children’s interest in and curiosity about their surroundings.
  • Create and foster a sense of awe and wonder about the world.
  • Inspire a sense of responsibility for the environments and people of the world we live in.
  • Increase the children’s knowledge and awareness of our changing world, so that they will want to look after the Earth and its resources and think about how it can be improved and sustained.
  • Begin to develop respect for, and an interest in, people throughout the world regardless of culture, race and religion.
  • Develop a sense of identity by learning about the United Kingdom and its relationship with other countries.


Teaching and Learning

Geography is currently taught through the ‘Cornerstones’ curriculum. The key principle behind this approach is that it enables children to receive a broad and balanced curriculum, which is fun and raises standards. Each unit of work is based around a central theme, with the Geography skills being linked creatively to it.

The ‘Cornerstones’ curriculum enables children to:

  • Enjoy learning.
  • Feel successful in their learning and to promote high self esteem.
  • Become creative, independent learners.
  • Be given significant time to learn new skills and have time to practise those skills.
  • Have the flexibility to decide how best to learn in different situations.
  • Be given the opportunity to decide upon the final outcome of their learning.
  • Know what their strengths are and which areas they need to develop.
  • Be able to evaluate and assess their own learning.

Expectations for Geography


By the end of Key Stage 2, most children will be expected to:

  • Explain the physical and human characteristics of places and their similarities and differences, and know the location of significant places and environments in the UK, Europe and the World.
  • Explain patterns of physical and human features, and recognise how selected physical and human processes cause changes in the character of places and environments.
  • Describe how people can damage and improve the environment and recognise how and why people may seek to manage environments sustainably.
  • Undertake geographical enquiry by asking and responding to questions, identifying and explaining different views and using a range of geographical skills, resources and their own observations.

Opportunities for Children


The resources that we use in our school are a fundamental part of our Geography curriculum. We have access to a range of resources including atlases, globes, aerial photographs, topic boxes, Ordnance Survey maps, ICT equipment (including a subscription to Digimap), measuring equipment, cameras, games and a wide variety of books in our school library. As well as the resources that are provided for children, the opportunity to undertake fieldwork around school, in the local area and further afield provides fundamental opportunities for children to broaden their Geography knowledge.