Intent for TVED Geography

We aim to provide children with the knowledge and vocabulary to understand how the human and physical features of a place shapes its location and can change over time. Children are encouraged to develop a greater understanding and knowledge of the world, as well as their place in it.


By the end of KS1 most children will be able to:

  • describe the main features of localities and recognise similarities and differences;  
  • recognise where things are and why they are as they are;  
  • express their own views about features of an environment and recognise how it is changing;  
  • find out about places and environments by asking and answering questions, by using their own observations and other geographical enquiry skills and resources.

By the end of KS2 most children will be able to:

  • explain the physical and human characteristics of places, and their similarities and differences;  
  • know the location of key places in the United Kingdom, Europe and the world;  
  • explain patterns of physical and human features;  
  • recognise how selected physical and human processes cause changes in the character of places and environments;  
  • describe how people can affect the environment and explain the different views held by people about environmental change;  
  • undertake geographical investigations by asking and responding to questions and using a range of geographical enquiry skills, resources and their own observations.
Year 1Locational knowledge: the geography of our school and the surrounding area- Inc. mapsLocational knowledge: overview of the continents and oceans- Inc. mapsHuman and physical:  weather patterns in the UK and the world – Inc. polar regions and the Equator
Can you explain where you live?Can you name the continents of the world and which one England is in?What is the weather like in different parts of the world?
Year 2Locational geography:  
The UK and the surrounding seas
Human and physical: Comparing contrasting areasPlace Knowledge: 
focus on Australia
Which countries make up the UK and what are their capital cities?Can you compare the physical and human features of two different areas?What are the similarities and differences between Middlesbrough and Sydney?
Year 3Locational Knowledge:  Wales, Scotland and Northern IrelandHuman and physical geography:  Volcanoes and earthquakesPlace Knowledge: Scandinavia
What are the human features of your county, and can you compare them with another?What happens when the Earth moves?How is mainland Scandinavia different to the United Kingdom?
Year 4Place knowledge: ItalyHuman and physical: Hot and cold areas of the worldLocational knowledge:   North East – hills, rivers, coasts
How has the geography of Lazio, in Italy and the North East of England affected the way people live there?How does the location of a place affect its temperature?What are the physical and human features of where you live?
Year 5Human and physical: Rivers and basins including the water cycleHuman and physical geography: Biomes and vegetation beltsHuman and physical:  Pollution and climate change
Why are rivers important in the development of human settlements?Can you name a biome and its characteristics?How are our weather patterns changing?
Year 6Human and physical: SettlementsPlace knowledge :  North, South and Central AmericaLocational knowledge  – Europe and the capital cities
How does the geography of a settlement explain its population?What makes the physical geography of the Americas unique?What are the similarities and differences of countries that make up the continent of Europe and can you name their capital cities?


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