Welcome to Geography at Lakeside Primary Academy

Geography is a fascinating, exciting subject and we want children to learn all about the world around them through the study of engaging, creative topics that build upon children's knowledge and skills as they progress through our school.

Here are the main aims of our Geography curriculum

  • Children to have a good understanding of where they are in the world and what is available in their local area.
  • Children to have a good knowledge of the location of globally significant places and their physical and human characteristics.
  • Understand process that cause changes to different places in the world, explore why these changes happen and how they can contribute to creating a sustainable planet.
  • Develop competent geographical skills to be able to collect, analyse and communication geographical data collected through fieldwork.
  • Interpret a range of sources of geographical information including maps, diagrams, globes and aerial photographs.
  • Communicate their geographical knowledge in different ways.

How is Geography taught at Lakeside?

At Lakeside we have developed our Geography curriculum to ensure their learning builds upon the knowledge children learnt in previous year groups and topics. We adopt a topic based approach to our curriculum. Each year the children study five different topics and Geography knowledge is linked to these topics. There will not be Geography learning in every topic but full coverage of the Geography National Curriculum is achieved over the course of the year and the children's journey through school. Each topic begins with an engaging ' topic launch day,' where children's interests are captured straight away and they take part in a variety of activities to introduce the topic. After this, children are really keen to get stuck into their new learning and the sequence of lessons that follows develops their understanding with each lesson building upon the previous.


The BIG ideas

The Geography curriculum at Lakeside follows the focus of 4 geographical forms of knowledge as set out in the National Curriculum, children will be taught:

  • Locational knowledge
  • Place knowledge and understanding
  • Knowledge of environmental, physical and human geography processes
  • Geographical skills and fieldwork


This can be defined into two categories

Substantive knowledge- What do the children need to know?

Disciplinary knowledge- How the children will become geographers, using the skills of comparison and contrast  and drawing conclusions.


Here is our Geography Curriculum in action

Here are some examples of our topic launch days

Year 3 making exploding volcanoes as part of their Rocks, Relics and Rumbles topic


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Year 3/4 making their own rivers to understand the effects of erosion and deposition

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Classroom Displays

All classes showcase their current topic's learning on an interactive display board which contains lots of key learning and vocabulary for the topic as well as examples of children's learning.


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KS1 Displays

Key vocabulary is displayed for children to use to explain their knowledge. Topic fiction and non fiction books are displayed in classrooms for children to enjoy and carry out independent research.

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Visitors to school

We are keen to invite visitors into school to talk to us about our learning and to enhance our Geography learning experiences.

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Here is Clive from the RNLI visiting KS1 children. He spoke to them all about being safe on the coast and the children amazed him with their knowledge. Can you spot his lifeguard assistants Leo and Ellie May too!

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Our active travel consultant for Doncaster, Patsy delivered workshops to KS2 about pollution , the impact of this and how we can all play our part to reduce this. 

Community Events

At Lakeside, we are keen to work with the local community and do our bit to improve our local area.  We encourage parents to be involved in the life of the school and welcome them into school for various events throughout the year. Here are some of the recent projects we have undertaken.

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Our brilliant volunteers even battled through the snow, now that's dedication! Fantastic work everyone

Health Walks

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We have recently launced our health walks where families are invited to join in a walk around our local lake. This is a great opportunity to get out in the fresh air and enjoy our local environment, chat, make new friends and generally feel good. It has been great to see so many people getting involved and we hope there will be more in the near future. Watch this space!

What Geography Knowledge is taught at Lakeside? 

Year 1 Bright Lights Big City

Within this topic, children will:

  • Name, locate and identify characteristics of the four countries in the UK.
  • Compare London and Kuala Lumpar.
  • Name and describe the purpose of human features and landmarks.
  • Identify landmarks on aerial photgraphs.
  • Carryout fieldwork to identify characteristics of the school locality.

Year 2 Coastline

Within this topic, children will:

  • Name and locate seas surrounding the UK.
  • Use simple compass directions.Describe the effects of erosion.
  • Describe the size, location and position of a physical feature.
  • Identify the characteristics of a settlement.
  • Ask and answer simple geographical questions.
  • Describe how an enviornment has changed over time. 

Year 3 Rocks, Relics and Rumbles

Within this topic, children will:

  • Begin to use eight points of a compass.
  • Classify and compare different types of volcanoes.
  • Explain the physical processes that cause volanic eruptions and earthquakes.
  • Describe the Earth’s four layers.
  • Name parts of a volcano.
  • Name and describe the types and properties of rocks.
  • Name and locate significant volcanoes and plate boundaries.
  • Describe how a geographical activity has changed the landscape in the short or long term.   

Year 4 Misty Mountain, Winding River

Within this topic, children will:

  • Identify topography of an area.
  • Carry out a  detailed study of a significant river or mountain.
  • Use four figure grid references and keys to describe locations.
  • Compare physical features
  • Use geographical vocabulary to explain the water cycle.
  • Describe the formation of different mountain ranges.
  • Explain how a river has changed the landscape over time. 

Year 5 Beast Creator

Within this topic, children will:

  • Describe key physical features and enviromental regions of North and South America.
  • Collect and analyse primary and secondary data analysing patterns and suggesting reasons for them.  
  • Use compass points and grid references to interpret different mpas with accuracy.
  • Compare differences in physical and human geography between continents.
  • Analyse and compare places using areil photographs, atlases and maps.
  • Describe the characteristics of a settlement

Year 6 Frozen Kingdom

  • Within this topic, children will:
  • Identify the significance of lines of longitude, latitudem the northern and southern hemisphere, Arctic and Antarctic Circle and time zones.
  • Compare and describe the features of  polar landscapes.
  • Explain how climate change affects biomes across the world.
  • Explain how humans function in the place they live. 
  • Describe distribution of natural resources.
  • Use fieldwork and research techniques.
  • Present an account of an industry such as tourism has changed a place or landscape



                         Examples of Geography learning and progression through the year groups

Year 1


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Year 2

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Year 3

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Year 4

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How do I find out more information the Geography Curriculum?

If you have any questions about this area of the curriculum please speak to your child's class teacher initially or to Miss Verity (who can be contacted through the school office). 

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