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Norton St Nicholas C of E (VA) Primary and Nursery School

Live, learn and love in faith, respect and trust


Purpose of study

  • At Norton St Nicholas we want to inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives.
  • We aim to equip them with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes.
  • From Key Stage One, where we work on developing their knowledge about the world, the United Kingdom and their locality.
  • In Key Stage Two we look to extend their knowledge and understanding beyond the local area to include Europe, North and South America.



When children leave Norton St Nicholas they will:

  • Understand vocabulary relating to human and physical geography.
  • Have learnt about a range of the world’s most significant human and physical features.
  • Have developed their use of geographical knowledge, understanding and skills to enhance their locational and place knowledge.
  • Deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments.


The curriculum

  • In Key Stage One, building from prior learning in EYFS, the focus continues to be on the immediate world around children, beginning with the country, continent and area that they live in. They also look at the physical natural of geography by studying the weather.
  • In Key Stage Two we compare geographical areas with a named country in Europe (Italy), North America (USA, specifically California) and South America (Brazil), and have a focus on a physical aspect: earthquakes, volcanoes, rivers, mountains, and rainforests.
  • Each unit of work is presented to children as an overall enquiry question which they will seek to answer by drawing together all they have learnt and experienced at the end of each unit of teaching.