Our Geography curriculum is designed to develop children’s curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. At Sacred Heart, we aim to nurture our future geographers and equip them with the knowledge they will need to become mindful citizens of the world.

Children investigate a range of places – both in Britain and the wider world – to help develop their knowledge and understanding of the Earth’s physical and human processes. We are committed to providing children with opportunities to investigate and make enquiries about their local area of Hemsworth and Yorkshire so that they can develop of real sense of who they are, their heritage and what makes our local area unique and special. Through educational visits, we aim to bring learning to life and give children experiences to inspire their interest in Geography and lifelong learning.

KS1 – Within Key Stage one children are taught to :

  • Name and locate the world’s seven continents and five oceans.
  • Name, locate and identify characteristics of the four countries and capital cities of the UK and its surrounding seas.
  • Understand geographical similarities and differences.
  • Identify seasonal and daily weather patterns in the UK and hot and cold areas of the world in relation to the equator and North and South poles.
  • Simple compass direction – North, South, East and West.


KS2 – Within Key Stage two children are taught to:

  • Use geographical skills and field work incorporating compass skills using the eight points of a compass and map reading skills.
  • Locate the world’s countries. using maps to focus on Europe and North/ South America.
  • Name and locate countries and cities of the UK, identifying human and physical characteristics and understand how some of these aspects have changed over time.
  • Identify the position and significance of latitude, longitude, equator, northern hemisphere and southern hemisphere.

Geography brings us all down to Earth. It gives other subjects a sense of place. We create our geography, and yet we are affected by geography
Geography… it’s a world thing.”

Terry Portch

Geography & History Overview:


Geography Long Term Plan:

Please click on the link to view our long term plan for Geography: Geography 2020-2021 Long Term Plan

Sticky Knowledge Mats:

What are Sticky Knowledge Mats?

For each topic in geography, history and science, children are exposed to interesting facts and key vocabulary linked to the topic. Sticky knowledge facts are taught in each lesson and recapped throughout the year. Pupils use the knowledge mats to support them and also to help them define some of the topic related language used in lessons.


Year 2  Wondrous World Knowledge Mat

Year 3 -Wonderful Weather Knowledge Mat

Year 4 – Fantastic France Knowledge Mat

Year 5 Autumn 1 South America Knowledge Mat

Year 6 Autumn 1 Africa Knowledge Mat


EYFS AND YEAR 1 Spring 1 What a Wonderful world Knowledge Mat

Year 2 Spring 1 Magical Mapping Knowledge Mat 

Year 5  Spring 1 Planet Earth 

Y6 Spring 1 and 2 Investigating Coasts Knowledge Mat