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The new primary curriculum Geography programmes of study- Coverage within our study visits.

Our study visits for teachers from the UK aim to directly relate to and enable delivery of the current curriculum. There are many areas of the curriculum which our study visits directly relate to within both primary and secondary subjects, however the most direct link is within the Geographygeography curriculum 2013 curriculum programmes of study.

There are many changes occurring within the UK national curriculum and so we recently got hold of the updated programmes of study for Geography KS1-3. Our study visits fit with this document in many ways. I will use the language of the document to highlight areas which are directly being covered:

The Purpose of study:

(to) inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people.

(to) equip pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and environments.

(to) deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human environments.


(to) develop knowledge of the location of places of global significance, their defining physical and human characteristics.

(to) understand the processes that give rise to key physical and human geographical features of the world how they are interdependant and give rise to spatial variation and change over time.

Subject content

Key Stage 1.

Pupils should:

..develop knowledge about the world the United Kingdom and their locality.

..begin to use geographical skills including first hand observation to enhance their locational awareness.

...understand geographical similarities and differences through studying the human and physical geography of a small area of the United Kingdom, and of a contrasting non-European country. (Sangam note: This area of study will be our main focus for primary teachers.- A KS1 contrasting locality study, both rural and urban. This will continue to include links and development of ideas for KS2 classes in order to create continuity between the key stages.)

..use simple field work and observational skills to study the geography of their school.

Key Stage 2.

..describe and understand key aspects of:

Human geography, including settlements, land use, economic activity, including trade links, and the distribution of natural resources.

Key Stage 3.

Pupils should

....consolidate and extend their knowledge of the worlds major countries and their physical and human features. They should understand how geographical processes interact to create distinctive human and physical landscapes that change over time.

... extend their locational knowledge and deepen their spatial awareness of the worlds countries using maps of the world to focus on Africa, South and East Asia (including  China and India),... focussing on their environmental regions,... key physical and human characteristics and major cities.

.... understand geographical similarities and differences through the study of human and physical geography of a region or area within African and a region or area within Asia.

... understand, through the use of detailed place based exemplars at a variety of scales, the key processes in:

Human geography relating to: Population, international development, economic activity at the primary, secondary, tertiary and quaternary sectors, urbanisation, and the use of natural resources.

(Sangam note: These last three areas of study will be our main focus for secondary teachers.- A KS3 contrasting locality study, both rural and urban, with specific focus on land use, population, economic activity, urbanisation, use of natural resources, and the interrelated environmental change.)

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