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Early Years and primary curriculum

‘A high quality geography education should inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world that will remain with them for the rest of their lives.’

(DfE, 2013)

This is perhaps the most pivotal statement in the National Curriculum for primary geography in England and, as such, the perfect place to start thinking about the subject in your school and…

‘How leaders have ensured that the subject curriculum contains content that has been identified as most useful, and ensured that this content is taught in a logical progression, systematically and explicitly enough for all pupils to acquire the intended knowledge and skills’

(Ofsted, 2019)

This section provides you with support to ensure that you can provide a high-quality geography curriculum in your school. It includes professional guidance and support on planning, selecting content and teaching approaches, and provides links to exemplary teaching resources.

Key resources

Leading Primary Geography: the essential handbook for all teachers: Designed to be the definitive guide for all primary geography leaders, class teachers and trainee teachers, this book will offer you a carefully considered approach to planning for, and delivering, outstanding geography across the primary age range.

In the know series: These succinct, easy-to-use pdf downloads provide you with the accurate and trustworthy background knowledge, explanation and diagrams to enable you to deliver a high-quality primary geography curriculum. The series of ten titles includes: Climate, Biomes and Vegetation Belts; Earthquakes and Tsunamis; Grid References and Map Symbols; Latitude, Longitude, Day and Night.

Primary Geography journalPrimary Plus Membership includes subscription to Primary Geography, the GA’s journal for Early Years and primary education. It contains practical, informative, inspiring and thought-provoking articles to support geography teaching and learning in the primary classroom each term and each issue has a central focus. View a free sample issue. 


Early Years and Foundation Stage

Planning geographical learning into the EYFS

Guide to the primary geography National Curriculum

Cross-curricular primary geography

Primary geography curriculum – FAQs

See also: Assessing progress in primary geography

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Geography Quality Marks

Register for the 2025 Quality Mark before 31 July and receive a 20% discount off your fee

Geographical model making competition

Encourage your pupils to get involved and explore their creativity and geographical knowledge by creating a 3D model. Entries close 31 July 2024