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National Curriculum: Alan Kinder on geography

Alan Kinder of the Geography Association talks about the new curriculum and the changing role that geography plays in a young person's education.


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Rising Stars Geography is a complete curriculum programme for primary geography which provides 18 half-termly units of work to interest pupils and encourage curiosity about their own locality and the wider world. It offers complete coverage of the Programme of Study for Geography (2014) and the criteria of the new Ofsted Education Inspection Framework (2019).


From starting points suitable for all, pupils develop to tackle appropriate challenges for KS1 and KS2 pupils of varying abilities. The units have key questions to encourage the use of geographical enquiry, as well as a focus on the acquisition and application of key subject knowledge, concepts and vocabulary throughout. Skills, knowledge and understanding in geography progress through Year 1 to Year 6, being taught, developed and applied throughout the schemes of work.


A range of opportunities are provided to enable all pupils to communicate their knowledge and understanding of the subject. Links are made within and across units to support pupils in making connections. Rising Stars Geography offers complete coverage of the National Curriculum Programme of Study for the Geography (2014). See the Topic List at the end of this document for the titles of the units, the enquiry questions, the curriculum foci, and the Big Finishes. More detail is given in the KS1, Lower KS2 and Upper KS2 Curriculum Coverage and Progression Charts (available online).


These list the KS1 and KS2 Geography Programme of Study statements and show in which units these are addressed. Some encounters are comprehensive and address the statement fully, but others provide an opportunity to introduce or develop some aspects, for further development in later units. Also, within these documents are expected standards for each statement at each year group, enabling teachers to track the course of progression through the scheme from start to finish.

Geography Fieldwork:


"Geographical fieldwork provides students with experiences that are intrinsically valuable, but detailed planning can ensure they maximise the wide-ranging education benefits from such activities."

Holmes and Walker, 2006


Fieldwork at key stages 1-3


The national curriculum for geography aims to ensure that all pupils are competent in the geographical skills needed to:

  • collect, analyse and communicate with a range of data gathered through experiences of fieldwork that deepen their understanding of geographical processes.

KS1 geographical skills and fieldwork

  • use simple fieldwork and observational skills to study the geography of their school and its grounds and the key human and physical features of its surrounding environment.

KS2 geographical skills and fieldwork

  • use fieldwork to observe, measure, record and present the human and physical features in a local area using a range of methods including sketch maps, plans and graphs and digital technologies.



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