Geography

How do we teach geography at Nova?

We apply an enquiry-based approach to the teaching and learning of geography in order to inspire our children and to facilitate a high-quality, effective geography education. We use the National Curriculum to structure our line of enquiry topics. Our geography progression document describes the development of our children’s knowledge, understanding and skills over time. This can be found here along with our geography subject intent:


In Key Stage One, children develop knowledge about the world, the United Kingdom and their locality. They develop basic subject-specific vocabulary relating to human and physical geography and begin to use geographical skills, including first-hand observation, to enhance their awareness.


In Key Stage Two, children extend their locational and place knowledge to include Europe, North America and South America. Children develop knowledge of the location and characteristics of a range of the world’s most significant human and physical features.


All children from Year 1 have Line of Enquiry books where they record their individual learning. Each class also has a Line of Enquiry floorbook (which follows them through the school) which records evidence of collective learning e.g. experiences of fieldwork.