Geography is a valued part of the curriculum at Carville Primary School. We believe a high-quality geography education should inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. Geography teaches an understanding of places and environments. Through their work in geography, children learn about their local area and compare their life in this area with that in other regions in the United Kingdom and the rest of the world. They learn how to draw and interpret maps and they develop the skills of research, investigation, analysis and problem-solving. Through their growing knowledge and understanding of human geography, children gain an appreciation of life in other cultures. Geography teaching also motivates children to find out about the physical world and enables them to recognise the importance of sustainable development for the future of mankind.


Through our teaching of geography we intend to:


  • Enable children to gain knowledge and understanding of places in the world;

  • Increase children’s knowledge of other cultures and, in so doing, teach a respect and understanding of what it means to be a positive citizen in a multicultural country;

  • Enable children to know and understand environmental problems at a local, regional and global level;

  • Encourage in children a commitment to sustainable development and an appreciation of what ‘global citizenship’ means;

  • Stimulate children’s interest in their surroundings and develop a knowledge and understanding of the physical and human processes which shape places;

  • Provide learning opportunities that enthuse, engage, and motivate children to learn and foster a sense of curiosity and wonder at the beauty of the world around them;

  • Make sense of their own surroundings through learning about their own locality and the interaction between people and the environment;

  • Develop the geographical skills, including how to use, draw and interpret maps of different scales, and the vocabulary necessary to carry out effective geographical enquiry;

  • Formulate appropriate questions, develop research skills and evaluate material to inform opinions.

  • Develop a variety of other skills, including those of enquiry, problem solving, ICT, investigation and how to present their conclusions in the most appropriate way.

  • Enable children to work geographically in a range of appropriate contexts, using a variety of materials and equipment including other people’s experience and knowledge.


Through Geography we will also:


  • Improve pupils' skills in literacy, numeracy and computing.

  • Develop pupils' thinking skills.

  • Promote pupils' awareness and understanding of gender, cultural, spiritual and moral issues.

  • Develop pupils as active citizens and their personal roles in society.

Outdoor Learning


Outdoor Learning is an embedded part of our curriculum at Carville Primary School, and as such, children investigate the physical and human geography of their local area by being outside and experiencing it for themselves. Such opportunities include:

  • local land use surveys

  • travelling to local locations on foot

  • educational visits

  • residential visits (Kielder, High Borrans)

  • Forest School

Every child at Carville Primary School has the opportunity to take part in Forest School sessions during the school year. As part of these sessions, children become familiar with the geography of woodland environments, learn to compare this environment with urban areas and begin to understand the impact humans have on the environment.


Curriculum Enrichment/ Partnerships


  • Richardson Dees Park – Zoe Fraser (Education Officer)

  • Rising Sun Country Park – Chris Tallak (Warden)

  • NEST (North East Skills Training) – Andrew Vince (Navigation Award)

  • Northumbria WW1 Project – Local Area Studies

  • Geographical Association

  • North Tyneside PE & Sport Team – Orienteering

  • Beamish – Local Area Studies

  • World of Work – Local Human Geography Studies

  • Segedunum – Local Area Studies

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