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Being a geographer

“In our changing world nothing changes more than Geography”

Pearl S. Buck

At Charlton, our geography curriculum is underpinned by our four curriculum drivers: Wonder, Knowledge, Discovery and Responsibility.


Wonder: Through our geography curriculum, children have opportunities to wonder at the complexity of the world; develop a growing understanding of the world’s complexities and learn to appreciate the diversity of cultures that exist across continents and be inspired by this.

Discovery: The teaching of geography at Charlton gives pupils the opportunity to discover the world around them, its environments, places near and far and the process that create and affect them.


Responsibility: Our geography curriculum plays a significant role in helping children to understand the world, their role in it and the responsibilities that come with it, whether that is on a local or global level.

Knowledge: Geographical knowledge is taught alongside the development of subject specific skills including being able to collect, analyse and communicate data gathered through field work, being able to interpret a range of sources of geographical information and to communicate geographical information.

“…the study of earth, as the home of people,”

Geographer Yi-Fu Tuan


Our Geography curriculum also gives pupils the understanding and the vocabulary to describe the world in which they live. Through our carefully sequenced curriculum, children gain factual knowledge, including locational knowledge and are able to make comparisons and identify differences.

Our progressive curriculum provides the necessary knowledge to build an increasingly complex understanding of place, with children starting their geography educational journey in Reception and building progressively through to Year 6.

white horse hill


The geography curriculum at Charlton enables children to develop knowledge and skills that are transferable to other curriculum areas. We seek to inspire in our children a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people which will remain with them for the rest of their lives; to promote their interest and understanding of diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes.

Miss Christine Biles - Geography Lead


Charlton Primary School
OX12 7HG


01235 762861