Statement of Intent

At Barley Mow Primary, we want our children to have a curiosity and fascination of the worlds that will stay with them throughout their lives. We want our children to have a global understanding of our world and the peoples and cultures that inhabit it. Through this understanding, children will develop respect for the physical world and the vast scope of cultures that make up our diverse planet. By expanding their horizons out of their local community, children will gain an understanding of the world: people, places and environments and how they are changing over time.

Our school bases the core work in geography around the National Curriculum which aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • Develop contextual knowledge of the location of globally significant places (both terrestrial and marine) including their defining physical and human characteristics and how these provide a geographical context for understanding the actions and processes.
  • Are competent in the skills needed to: collect, analyse and communicate with a range of data gathered through experience of fieldwork that deepens their understanding of geographical processes.
  • Communicate geographical information in a variety of ways including through maps, numerical and quantitative skills  and writing at length.

Geography National Curriculum

Geography Long Term Plan

Geography Policy



What is it like to live near the Coast?

In Geography, Year 2 have been learning about Human and Physical features near the coast. First of all, we looked at the United Kingdom and surrounding seas using an atlas. We then used google maps to look at the local coastal town of Tynemouth. As we had already...

Parks, Beaches and Holidays!

In Nursery we have currently been learning about ‘holidays, beaches and parks’. To start off this unit we all brought in pictures from our adventures to these places. We loved sharing news in circle time with our friends about what we had been doing with our families....

Birtley Over Time

Year 3 have had a fantastic afternoon comparing maps of Birtley over time. We looked at what had stayed the same and what had changed in our local area.

Nursery Love Vehicles!

Nursery started off this term by looking at different types of vehicles. In our phonics we have enjoyed singing vehicle based songs such as ‘The Wheels on the Bus’ and ‘Down by the Station’. In our small group we made our own vehicles! We focused on cars, Nursery...

Would you like to live in a desert?

This is the title of our Geography unit of work. To help us develop an answer to this question, we have been learning about the desert biome. We focused on The Mojave Desert in North America and wrote postcards, telling our friends and families about the hot, arid...

Year 3 Class Assembly

A huge well done to Year 3 for their class assembly. The children worked hard learning about the Romans in their history lessons which helped them to share information during their assembly. The children practised songs as well as the ukulele during their music...

Learning about mini-beasts

Nursery have loved learning about mini- beasts this term. We have been looking at where mini-beats live and what they like to eat. We couldn’t believe worms eat mud! We have been practicing moving our bodies like different bugs and searching for mini- beasts in our...

The Wildlife Trust Visit Nursery

Nursery have had a wonderful morning working with the Wildlife Trust who came to visit us. Alex from the Wildlife Trust spoke to us all about mini-beasts! We were able look at pictures of different types of mini-beasts, some of them we had never seen before! We...

Our Area

As part of their geography topic, Year 2 have been investigating the local area around our school. First, they looked at maps and planned a route of areas to walk around and explore. Then they walked around the areas to look at the positive features in our...

Fabulous fruit and vegetables!

In reception we have been learning all about growing and planting. We have been finding out about all the different plants that feed us. To help us explore this topic, we tasted some different fruit and vegetables from around the world. The children thoroughly enjoyed...