At King Street Primary School, it is our intent to encourage children to develop a greater understanding, appreciation and knowledge of the world around them (both past and present), by fostering a sense of wonder and curiosity about the world and its people, as well as their own cultural heritage. This has become even more urgent and relevant following multiple school closures during the COVID-19 pandemic, and we believe that by developing children’s confidence and enjoyment of geography, we can more effectively close the gaps for all groups of children.


We aim to build upon children’s understanding of places, people, human and physical environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. This will be facilitated not just through experiences in the classroom, but also with the use of fieldwork and educational visits.


Geography is, by nature, an investigative subject, which develops and understanding of concepts, knowledge and skills. Our Geography curriculum aspires to develop knowledge and skills of the world around us including our locality. We aim to promote skills that are progressive and transferable to other curriculum areas, which also promote the children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development

Geography and History are the driving force behind many of our class topics. Through both subjects, we hope to develop the children's understanding of the world around them - both past and present. We aim to foster a sense of wonder and curiosity about the world in which they live and develop a sense of place and appreciation for their cultural heritage.  Our curriculum topics are planned to include raise the profile of chronology and raise the profile of local history - in Spennymoor and further afield in County Durham. Fieldwork skills are a priority and children are given opportunities to put these in to practice through visits and Outdoor Education. Furthermore, these skills are enhanced through the use of digital technology in school through the use on an online mapping system DigiMaps.

 At King Street Primary and Pre-School we aim: 

  • To provide a range of geographical experiences, both in and out of the classroom, which encourage children to build interest and enjoyment, knowledge, understanding and confidence, as well as allowing them to achieve to the maximum of their potential in the subject. 

  • To foster a sense of wonder and curiosity about the world in which they live and develop a sense of place. 

  • To develop their geographical vocabulary and a range of skills and apply them in an increasing range of situations to carry out geographical enquiry and to interpret geographical information. 

  • To communicate geographical information in a variety of ways. 

  • To become familiar with their local area and extend their interest, knowledge and understanding of contrasting localities in Britain, Europe and the wider world. 

  • To develop knowledge and understanding of the human and physical processes and patterns, which shape places and extend this to an appreciation of interconnections within and between different places. 

  • To adopt an enquiring approach to the world around them, developing in their ability to formulate appropriate questions, research, handle data and draw conclusions. 

  • To appreciate similarity and difference in the world around them, having empathy for the lives of others and respect for others’ beliefs, attitudes and values. 

  • To enhance their sense of responsibility for the care of the earth and its people. 

  • To develop a simple understanding of environmental sustainability and how they can be actively involved in living as sustainably as possible.