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Thorpe Lea Primary School

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Thorpe Lea Primary School believe History and Geography have a huge significance across the wider of curriculum and as such has become the inspiration behind our topic curriculum. It is our belief that historical and geographical themes, when taught in a creative way and intertwined with other subjects, both core and foundation, will enhance the learning experience of all children. We believe that Geography and History can inspire curiosity and fascination about the world and its people. We feel it is important to nurture their inquisitive thinking and questioning skills to enable them to interpret what they see.



Geography Our aims – National Curriculum

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.


KS1 Topics include:

Where we come from      

People and their communities    

Our Local Area

Greatest Explorers        

Animals and their habitats       

Continents and Oceans


London (changes in housing)      

Seasons Journey: Food   


KS2 Topics Include:

South America – Mayans


Charles Darwin’s voyage  


The Americas


Rivers and Water Cycles

Roman Invasion     

Earthquakes and Volcanoes