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Our geography curriculum is based around the key theme that "geography shapes human lives, and human lives shape geography". Within we have built in concepts such as climate change, landscape formation, population, resources and diversity.

Each module has defined end points - the knowledge and skills we expect the children to have mastered. The curriculum is sequenced in such a way as to systematically build knowledge and vocabulary for long term memory.


Below you can find the geography curriculum map for the whole school and a sample module.

Geography curriculum map

November 2020: Year 5 have been exploring Central and South America in their English lessons as well as in geography.

Year 4 have created fantastic sketches of our local landmarks in Hoddesdon.

Year 1 have been learning all about maps and symbols.

Year 6 have created some fantastic work following on from their trip to Walton-on-the-Naze. What a lot of knowledge they have!
Walton-on-the-Naze September 2019
Spring Term Geography

The children in year 2 have been learning about the continents and oceans.

Year 4 have been studying the water cycle and rivers.

Year 5 have been looking at where and why earthquakes take place.

As part of the year 6 history topic 'Modern and Ancient Greece', the children have located Greece on a map and discussed how the climate affects the landscape, vegetation and people who live there.

January 19: Year 5 produced some beautiful work based on Henri Rousseau's rainforest pictures.

Autumn 2018: Central and South America and Rainforests:

Year 5 explored Central and South America.

They looked in more detail at the Andes Mountains.

Year 5 looked at the biodiversity in the different layers of the rainforest and investigated the effect humans are having on this environment.

October 2018

The Year 6 Visit to Walton-on-the-Naze

We visited a 'managed' and 'unmanaged' section of beach. Can you spot the differences?

Year 6 carried out an investigation into how managing a beach affects how steep it is.

We even had some time for a spot of fossil hunting!

Trip to West Runton

Year 6 are on holiday but little did they know that a lesson on coastal erosion awaited them at the top of Brecon Hill! We just love geography at Cranbourne!

Extreme Earth

Year 6 have been finding out about our 'Extreme Earth' and have worked hard to produce wonderful home learning that shows some extreme weather conditions and natural disasters that take place around the world.


As part of Year 6’s Geography work on ‘coasts’ they visited the seaside! They saw how Walton-on-the-Naze has clear evidence of erosion and examples of other geographical features that we have studied this term.

Such a lovely day out! smiley




Let's do the 'Swash and Backwash' dance!

Year 6 have been learning about longshore drift and how the swash and backwash of the waves moves sediment along the beach . When waves approach the coastline at an angle the sediment is carried up the beach (swash) at the same angle; it then moves back down (backwash) at right angles.



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Source to Sea

Year 4 have been investigating how rivers begin their journey. The children saw how water will find its fastest route from high ground to sea level.


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Geography Curriculum Map 2017-2018
Spring Term Geography 2017:

Year 1 visited Stanstead Abbotts and made some amazing maps!

Year 2 have been learning about Milford on Sea.

Year 4 have studied both Rivers and Rainforests!

Year 5 have been looking at the Mayans and the geography of Central and South America.

Year 6 studied Coasts and made some beautiful artwork!

17th March 2017

Year 1 had great fun trying to find all the coloured treasure by interpreting and following an aerial map of the middle school playground. Great work Year 1!

Geography Curriculum Map 2016 - 2017

19th December 2016

Today the whole school learnt about Christmas customs around the world.  Each year group found out about a different country.  Here are some photos of the fun that was had.

Nursery and Lower School have been finding out what it would be like to have Christmas 'down under'.
Year 3 have been finding out how Christmas is celebrated in the Philippines. They made paroles and paraded into assembly.

Year 1 Explorers and Geographers

Year 1 have been learning how to read a map. We used a map to follow a route to Stanstead Abbotts. We looked at the important features on the map and found them along our route. 

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We have set up a link with Bingham Academy, a school in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.  This school has approximately 300 students aged from 4-18 years, and includes children from over 30 different nationalities.  We were quite surprised to find out that Ethiopia is a diverse country in terms of lifestyle, wealth and terrain.  We found out that many of the children at Bingham Academy have similar interests to children in England; sport, playing on computer games and spending time outside with friends.  We hope to use Skype and email to be able to continue to find out more about life in Ethiopia and get to know more about individual children at Bingham Academy.
Year 6 are studying the effect of erosion on the coastline.
Visiting Walton-on-the-Naze was excellent for seeing the primary source of the eroding cliffs.

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