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Geography at Holly Grove

"The study of Geography is about more than just memorizing places on a map. It's about understanding the complexity of our world" - President Barack Obama  

Our Vision:

At Holly Grove Primary our curriculum provides all children with the ability to delvelop deeper and make connections to find out about our world.  We aim to inspire in our children a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people which will stay with them for the rest of their lives.

Our vision is that Holly Grove pupils leave with an increased confidence and understanding of Geographical facts and vocabulary, as well as the skills to explore their world and become responsible and valued citizens in our society.  We also want our children to go on as adults to explore the diverse and beautiful world in which we live!

Holly Grove Primary School Geography Policy- 22/23 pdf

Geography intent- what makes a good Geographer.pdfOur Progressive Geography Curriculum:

To ensure that teaching throughout Holly Grove is well covered and accessible for all, we follow the below Skill Progression for Geography. The progression of skills brings together the Statutory framework for the early years foundation stage and the National Curriculum in a buildable teaching pathway. By following this document we can ensure that the skills and teaching within Geography are deepened each year and advanced on. Across the school, we use the document to support learners, extend learners and ensure that every child becomes the best geographer that they can be! 



The documents below identifies the key elements which we believe are important to incorporate into our Geography lessons for them to build on previously taught skills and knowledge.

  • Our pathway for a unit of work in Geography (Please note: the order of the pathway may be different but all elements will still be covered).
  • Our pathway for a lesson in Geography (Please note: the order of the pathway may be different but all elements will still be covered).

What a Geography unit looks like at Holly Grove.pdf

What a Geography lesson looks like at Holly Grove.pdf

Curriculum Coverage

We teach Geography at Holly Grove through PlanBee's scheme of learning. The topics are covered as displayed in the table below. We are currently following Cycle 1.

Cycle 1

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Year 1 and 2

Where do

I live?

My World

and Me

At the


Year 3 and 4

Where does our food come from?

Our European Neighbours

In the


Year 5 and 6

S1: Investigating River

S2: Extreme Earth

North America 

Cycle 2

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Year 1 and 2

The Four


Let’s go

on Safari


the World

Year 3 and 4

Village Settlers


of the


In the Desert

Year 5 and 6

The United Kingdom

Our Local Area

South America





 What Our Children say about Geography






Year 1 and 2 - Geography Coverage Breakdown.pdf

Year 3 and 4 - Geography Coverage Breakdown.pdf

Year 5 and 6 - Geography Coverage Breakdown.pdf

Subject Specific Vocabulary

Our Geography curriculum ensures all children are taught and understand subject specific vocabulary. We then provide a range of opportunities for children to use such language within the correct context with confidence and fluency.

Here's what we have been up to!

Early Years

Geography EYFS




Earth Day

On the 21st of April, Holly Grove celebrated Earth Day. We started our celebration on Thursday with an assembly hosted by Miss Mantle. She read us all an incredible story about the importance of looking after our beautiful planet.

On the day, we took part in a range of activities. Nursery, Reception and Year 1 and 2 used various recycled materials to create beautiful displays. Year 3 and 4 got busy picking us litter that had appeared around our school grounds and Year 5 and 6 spent the morning in the dark . This year we wanted to help our planet by saving as much energy as possible, so we turned off all the computers and the teachers had to return to teaching with just a pen and whiteboard. 

It was such a wonderful day and we all loved learning about how we can invest in our planet that we decided to bring recycling bins back into the classroom. 

Here are some photos from the day: