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Geography at Mill Hill teaches pupils the knowledge, skills and understanding to make sense of their world.  The curriculum is designed to have a balance of core knowledge (facts, location, names, vocabulary) and a sense of place (senses, emotions, values, opinions) in order to develop a knowledge and understanding of real places as well as how people affect the environment and are influenced by it.


At Mill Hill, pupils explore the 4 areas of the Geography curriculum, applying and building on previous learning each year.

  • Location knowledge
    Pupils learn about the local area and beyond, including the United Kingdom, Europe and North and South America.  Pupils find out about continents, oceans, countries and major cities, as well as human and physical characteristics; and how some of these aspects have changed over time.  Pupils identify the position and significance of latitude, longitude, Equator, Northern Hemisphere, Southern Hemisphere, the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn, Arctic and Antarctic Circle, the Prime/Greenwich Meridian and time zones.
  • Place knowledge
    Pupils explore the similarities and differences of human and physical geography of a region of the United Kingdom, a region in a European country, and a region within North or South America.
  • Human and physical geography
    Pupils learn about key physical characteristics, including: climate zones, rivers, mountains, volcanoes and the water cycle, as well as human characteristics, including: types of settlement and land use, economic activity and the distribution of natural resources including energy, food, minerals and water.
  • Geographical skills and fieldwork
    Pupils use maps, atlases, globes and digital/computer mapping to locate countries and describe features.  They use the eight points of a compass, four and six-figure grid references, symbols and key to build their knowledge of the United Kingdom and wider world.  Pupils use fieldwork to observe, measure, record and present the human and physical features in the local areas using a range of methods, including sketch maps, plans and graphs, and digital technologies.

How does Geography link to British Values?

The British values and the Spiritual, Moral and Social and Cultural Development (SMSC) form an integral part of the Geography Curriculum. Each pupil has the opportunity to learn about different cultures and reflect on their learning. Pupils develop an awareness of different cultures and cultivates tolerance. It sparks a love of learning and deep critical and creative thinking. The Geography curriculum allows children to think responsibly about how they impact the world around them. It allows teamwork and build resilience through a range of activities.

Individual liberty – Pupils are given the opportunity to explore issues surrounding human rights, e.g. Fairtrade  

Mutual respect and tolerance – Pupils develop an understanding and respect for different cultures through our studies of place and people.

Geography action plan

Geography skills development

Geography leader annual review


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