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At Minehead First School we believe that geography is an opportunity to broaden pupil’s horizons. We want our children to be able to think like geographers. Our purpose is to instil a fascination with the human and physical characteristics of the world around us, both locally and globally.


Our geography curriculum is carefully planned to develop pupils’ knowledge and understanding of the world, from their local everyday experience to the wider global picture. We plan our geography units carefully to allow for regular spaced retrieval to take place, enabling the pupils to build on their geographical knowledge and skills throughout their time with us. We believe this allows them to gain a deeper and more extensive insight into both natural processes, and human actions and influences. We offer meaningful experiences, enrichments, and opportunities, to provide real-life contexts and motivate the children to learn.


Geography is taught through the strands:

• Locational knowledge - with a focus on our unique local environment

• Place knowledge

• Human and physical processes

• Geographical skills


At Minehead First School we recognise the importance of geographical skills:

  • collect, analyse and communicate with a range of data gathered through experiences of fieldwork that deepen their understanding of geographical processes
  • interpret a range of sources of geographical information, including maps, diagrams, globes, aerial photographs and Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
  • communicate geographical information in a variety of ways, including through maps, numerical and quantitative skills and writing at length


We believe that geography can celebrate the richness and diversity of our human and physical world. Our children develop a strong knowledge of their local area, living between the beautiful Exmoor National Park and the Bristol Channel. Our curriculum also equips them to understand and adventure into the wider world, whilst getting lost in the 'awe and wonder' that is the beautiful world we live in.