Burpham Primary School

Burpham Lane, Guildford, Surrey, GU4 7LZ


01483 572510



In Geography, we learn about people and places in the world 

Geography at Burpham

A child should leave Burpham with a good understanding of the framework of the world, including continents, oceans, climatic zones & biomes,.  They should have a detailed knowledge of the UK, Europe and North and South America (Amazon Rainforest) plus some other areas in the world (India, North & South Poles, China, St Lucia, The Alps).  They will have a clear understanding of the local area of Burpham within Guildford and its place within the South East.  They will have made comparisons between our local area and the UK in general with other areas of the world and will have thought about how our local area has changed over time.  They will understand key geographical vocabulary related to physical and human features and processes.  They will be able to carry out investigations using a range of geographical questions, skills and sources of information including a variety of maps, graphs and images.  They can express and explain their opinions and recognise why others may have different points of view.


  • Promote an understanding of and a love of geography.
  • Follow a mastery approach to teaching geography where the whole class learn together with appropriate support and challenge
  • Teach a rich, balanced and progressive curriculum which builds from a knowledge of the geography of the school grounds to a broader knowledge of different regions of our world.
  • Inspire children by building on their questions about the world around them and using geographical enquiry to frame each unit of work.
  • Allow children to develop an understanding of physical and human geographical features and understand the geographical similarities and differences between different places within our world.
  • Allow children to develop the power of resilience and perseverance when faced with geographical challenges such as field sketches, map making and other fieldwork.
  • Engage all children and ensure they have the same learning opportunities.
  • Use digital media, atlases, globes, aerial photographs alongside fieldwork to inspire a love and interest in place.


  • We follow the National Curriculum for Key Stage 1 & 2.
  • Planning can be blocked to enhance learning and allow the deeper acquisition of geographical skills without the need for recapping and/or repetition.
  • Geography will be taught for at least 6 hours each term to provide a minimum of 18 hours of geography teaching per year plus time for fieldwork annually.
  • We will use the School Grounds and local environment to provide fieldwork opportunities such as pupil surveys, map work and river study.
  • We incorporate geographical learning opportunities into residential and day trips.
  • We will use up-to-date atlases and digital resources.
  • We use correct geographical vocabulary and provide a steady progression of geographical skills as the children move up the school.


  •  Children enjoy geography at Burpham
  •  Children have a sound locational knowledge about the world and are able to identify human and physical characteristics of certain regions of the world.
  •  Children are interested in finding out about the world around them and encouraged to research geographical topics at home and share knowledge of different countries of the world with their classmates.
  • Our geography books show evidence of the progression in geographical skills, locational knowledge and an understanding of human and physical processes.
  • Our children will have experienced a wide range of fieldwork techniques (observation, measurement and recording) to support their learning of human and physical geographical processes.

What Geography looks like at Burpham.

This year's Geography Day was a great success!  Have a look at the latest blog to find out what we all got up to.

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Reception went out in Burpham to find out what was in the environment around our school

Reception made a map of the playground.

Reception drew a map of their route to school.

In Reception we used a map of Goldilocks and the three bears to tell a friend the story.

Year 1 learn about hot and cold areas of the world.

Year 2 used a compass to draw a 360 degree picture of the school grounds.

Year 2 learned about what the different continents are like.

Year 2 carried out fieldwork and made a messy map of the area around our school.

Year 3 did a traffic survey around Burpham.  They also found out about Settlements.  Here is their working wall.

Year 4 went on a walk to Bower's Lock and made a map of their route using Digimap.

Year 5 have been adding to their world map as they learn about North and South America.  They have also referenced where the Vikings came from which is one of their History topics this year.

Year 6 carried out fieldwork in the area next to the school in order to work out the different landuses.

Supporting your child with Geography

Map reading is an essential life skill and it is incredibly valuable for your child to have experience of this within their usual family trips and outings.  Why not use a tube map on your next trip to London or look at an atlas and discuss your next holiday destination?  During the recent pandemic, many of us have spent a lot more time walking - why don't you share the route using an OS map or download the Ordnance Survey App for your phone to plot your progress on a walk?


Current local issues can be discovered by reading the letters page in the Surrey Advertiser.   This is a really great way of discussing with your children what their opinion is on the hot topics of the day.  This can help them deepen their understanding of where they live.  Likewise watching the news can provide useful  starting points for discussing geographical issues such as climate change, flooding and how events such as earthquakes or volcanic eruptions affect people's lives.


Invest in a globe for your house and find the location of any new location that comes up in conversation.  Use Google maps and Google earth to investigate new areas.



Useful Documents

 Curriculum map geography.docxDownload
 Geography Vocabulary Progression.docxDownload
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