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Geography Intent

A high-quality geography education should inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. Teaching should equip pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. As pupils progress, their growing knowledge about the world should help them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments. Geographical knowledge, understanding and skills provide the frameworks and approaches that explain how the Earth’s features at different scales are shaped, interconnected and change over time.

Revised National Curriculum 2014

At Great Barton CE Primary Academy, we believe that Geography helps to:

  • Provoke and provide answers to questions about both natural and human aspects of the world;
  • Encourage children to develop a greater understanding and knowledge of the world, we well as their place in it;
  • Enable children to develop knowledge and skills that are transferable to other curriculum areas and are used to promote their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
  • Develop geographical investigation through an understanding of concepts, knowledge and skills.
  • Inspire in children a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people which will remain with them for the rest of their lives, equipping them well for further education and beyond.

Geography at Great Barton 2022

History intent

At Great Barton Primary Academy, we believe that our history curriculum allows children to gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. 

Our history teaching focuses on facts, skills and concepts that are studied over time and built upon in order for our pupils to leave primary school able to think like historians.

Through our history curriculum, we strive to inspire pupils’ curiosity about the past.  We provide our children with opportunities to ask perceptive questions, think critically, consider evidence, analyse arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. We endeavour to teach children to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time. We incorporate local history within our teaching enabling our pupils to identify and discuss changes within their locality, noting how the passing of time has influenced the area they know and can relate to.


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