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Brookhouse Primary School Geography Rationale



"Geography is a living, breathing subject, constantly adapting itself to change. It is dynamic and relevant, a great adventure with a purpose." Michael Palin. 


At Brookhouse Primary School, our intent is to deliver Geography that is challenging, topical and fun. Children investigate a range of places both in the UK and abroad - 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 Blackburn and Lancashire so that they can develop a real sense of who they are, their heritage and makes our local area unique and special.


From global warming to the impact of economic change on both global and UK communities, geography is a fascinating subject to study and we ensure that our curriculum is both challenging and constantly updated.


Through high quality teaching, we develop the following essential characteristics of geographers:


  • An excellent knowledge of where places are and what they are like, both in Britain and the wider world; 
  • An comprehensive understanding of the ways in which places are interdependent and interconnected;
  • An extensive base of geographical knowledge and vocabulary;
  • Fluency in complex, geographical enquiry and the ability to apply questioning skills, as well as effective presentation techniques;
  • The ability to reach clear conclusions and explain their findings;
  • Excellent fieldwork skills as well as other geographical aptitudes and techniques;
  • The ability to express well-balanced opinions, rooted in very good knowledge and understanding about current issues in society and the environment;
  • A genuine interest in the subject and a real sense of curiosity about the world and the people who live here.




At Brookhouse we have written our own scheme of work for Geography, produced January 2020, this is a detailed and progressive series of lessons to ensure that children are appropriately challenged. This scheme of work includes:


  • A cycle of lessons that carefully plan for progression and depth, concentrating on the key geographical skills suited to that age group;
  • Regular quizzes, in line with a subject specific knowledge organiser, to ensure that key learning is mastered and applied in all lessons. 
  • Challenging open ended questions begin all lessons, encouraging pupils to apply their learning in an open, philosophical manner.


The schemes of work can be found in the Planning star below.


Also, in order to ensure that our children have the opportunity to experience Geography outside of the classroom in an appropriately challenging situation, we have created a Fieldwork outline, which is located below within the Key Documents star located below.




Our Geography Curriculum is high quality, well thought out and is carefully planned to ensure progression. If children are keeping up with the curriculum, they are deemed to be making good or better progress.


In addition, we measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:

  • A reflection on standards achieved against the planned outcomes;
  • A celebration of learning for each term which demonstrates progression across the school;
  • Tracking of gains in each quiz;
  • Pupil discussions about their learning