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Geography at Cringle Brook

and at our other Trust schools



Our geography is based around the National Curriculum. The intent is to instil a sense of comprehensive understanding and knowledge about the UK, the world and its people through studying a range of diverse places. Teaching will equip pupils with the knowledge and the skills to understand the environmental, human and physical features of the earth.  It will inspire pupils to become global citizens by exploring their own place in the world, their values and their responsibilities to other people, to the environment and to the sustainability of the planet.


In EYFS, we explore our classroom, school and the local area. We go on seasonal walks and also have a teddy bear's picnic in our local park.

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Year 1

In year 1, we compare our local area with the city of Manchester, using simple fieldwork skills to study our school and the key physical features of our surroundings. We then follow the journey of a river from a stream to the sea and learn how pollution affects our local rivers.

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Year 2

In year 2, we learn about UK coastlines and how they are affected by erosion and climate change. We then explore the Polar regions, comparing the differences between the Arctic and the Antarctic.

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Year 3

In year 3, we compare the city of Manchester with the rural town of Castleton. We then visit Castleton to collect and analyse specific information about how land is used.


After that, we journey to India, using this remarkable country to study diverse landscapes, inequality and the religions that people practise.


'Kangchenjunga is the third biggest mountain in the world and its in North India!'

We learned that south of India is the Indian ocean! Sri Lanka is also south of india'. 

'Shah Jahan built the Taj Mahal for his wife! We learned about this in our geography lessons about India'

'We learned that Pakistan is west of India and Nepal is north!'

Year 4

In year 4, we study some of the islands that can be found around the UK’s coastline, including the incredible Orkney. We explore OS maps, renewable energy and the effects of tourism. We travel Down Under, to learn about the Great Barrier Reef. In this unit, we learn about where the location is in relation to Manchester. We then study the huge variety of species found there and consider how humans negatively affect the reef.

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Year 5 work on Volcanoes!

'Volcanoes is my favourite because you got to see all of the erruptions and lava!' 

'Learning about geography is an amazing experience. We have learned about volcanoes such as Eyjafjallajökull. Volcanoes is  my favourite subject in geography because it allows me to pronounce different names. I also loved watching the eruptions'.


In Year 6 we did drama work around the issues of urban re-generation. We made a conscience alley to help urban planners decide whether they should go ahead with regenerating an area or not.  

We visited the city centre as part of our Urban UK topic.


We used a range of geographical sources to find out about places in the UK and beyond.

We planned our own regeneration urban park, working in small groups.

' In geography, I have learned skills which I will be able to use in the future to help make better choices for our planet'.

It helps me to learn more about the world around me, sometimes in far away places and sometimes in places nearby. I have learned the difference between human and physical geography and their impact on the planet. 

'In geography, we are learning about urban and rural areas and their similarities and differences. I can see why people would want to live in the city because there are more jobs and businesses but I can also see why people like the countryside because it is quiet and has beautiful scenery'

'In geography I have learned where the major cities in the UK are. There are multiple urban areas such as Manchester, London, Birmingham and Bristole. We looked at them on a website called Seterra and on Google Earth' 

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