Geography education should inspire pupils to have a curiosity and fascination about the world they live in and understand how people live and manage their territories. Teaching should equip 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. As pupils progress, their growing knowledge about the world should help them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments. Pupils will learn about geographical knowledge, understanding and skills on a local, national and global scale. Children’s knowledge will help them to explain how the Earth’s features at different scales are shaped, interconnected and change over time. The geography programme contributes to education in sustainable development.
During their studies, pupils will use maps, atlases, globes and digital/computer mapping to locate countries and describe features studied. They will also learn to use the eight points of a compass, four and six-figure grid references, symbols and key (including the use of Ordnance Survey maps) to build their knowledge of the UK, France and the wider world.