KS1 - Lyndhurst Road, Landford, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP5 2AE - KS2 - School Road, Nomansland, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP5 2BY


The New Forest C of E Primary School and Nursery





The world’s geographical features have shaped human lives at every point in our development. We believe that our young learners must be equipped with an understanding of where they live and how this compares to other places, yet we are also interested in understanding how the characteristics of a place can shape human experiences. Key concepts are explored time and time again as children move through the school and we reference these through an emphasis on vocabulary. The role of vocabulary within our geographical studies helps pupils to frame their understanding of new concepts in previous learning and allows them to create and experiment using full sentences packed with aspirational language and specialist terminology. Our incredible setting within the New Forest offers children unique opportunities to engage in practical, focused field work.




We follow the 2014 National Curriculum and our expectation is that all children are showing progress in line with national expectations. It is the responsibility of each class teacher to monitor and ensure that this progress is made. The subject leader works with each teacher to monitor this progress and to ensure that sufficient challenge is given to each child.



Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Term 4

Term 5

Term 6



Signs of seasons and the weather run all year.




Place knowledge of local area and school.

Location knowledge of the world.


Year 1

What is the geography of where I live?


How does the weather affect our lives?


Why do we love being beside the seaside so much?


Year 2


Why does it matter where our food comes from?





How does Kampong

Ayer compare with

where I live?

 Why don’t penguins

need to fly?

Year 3


Why are jungles so

wet and deserts so



Why do so many

people live in


How and why is

my local




Year 4

Beyond the Magic

Kingdom: what is

the Sunshine State

really like?



Why do some

earthquakes cause

more damage than


How can we live

more sustainably?





Year 5

Why are

mountains so



How is climate

change affecting

the world?



Why is fair trade



Year 6


Who are Britain’s

National Parks



What is a river?


How do volcanoes

affect the lives of

people on





Teachers measure the impact of the curriculum through formative and summative assessment. From this assessment teachers will adapt and change their planning according to the needs of all of the children. Subject leaders will also measure the impact of the curriculum through learning walks, pupil voice and teacher surveys. Individual pupil data, in accordance with objectives within the National Curriculum, is collected and analysed three times a year. This data is recorded on the school’s electronic data base (INSIGHT) to monitor attainment and progress.

Home learning links.


Here is a beginners guide to Mapping Skills - EASY MAP READING  or check out MapZone 

Map reading skills video series

Steve Backshall - of CBBC Deadly 60 - filmed a series of SHORT videos set here in the New Forest for map makers Ordnance Survey.

Choosing a map   video on You Tube

Four figure grid reference video on You Tube. 

Improving map reading

Ask your teacher for the school's Digi Map login details.  Digimap for Schools is a cool resource from Edinburgh University and Ordnance Survey.   You will use it throughout KS2 and secondary school.   Ask your teacher for the tuition video on how to use Digimap.

Advanced map reading - using a compass with Steve Backshall.  Features of a compass   video on You Tube. Learn to take a compass bearing video on You Tube