Welcome to Bollin Primary School

Email: bollinprim.admin(at)trafford.gov.uk 

Telephone: 0161 928 8900


At Bollin, we recognise the importance in helping children gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of their place in the world. We strive to inspire children’s curiosity to learn more about the world.


Geography teaching equips 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.


We aim for our children to:

  • Know and understand 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 of processes


  • Understand the processes that give rise to key physical and human geographical features of the world, how these are interdependent and how they bring about spatial variation and change over time


  • Understand how to use geographical skills in order to-
    • collect, analyse and communicate with a range of data gathered through experiences of fieldwork that deepen their understanding of geographical processes
    • interpret a range of sources of geographical information, including maps, diagrams, globes, aerial photographs and Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
    • communicate geographical information in a variety of ways, including through maps, numerical and quantitative skills and writing at length.


The key concepts we teach:

  • Place: We know why a place is important and how it has changed
  • Space: We look at how different factors link and why they are there
  • Scale: I can explain why some things are viewed differently
  • Interdependence: I can show how changes here affect another place
  • Physical and Human Processes: I can link human events and explain how landscapes and society may change
  • Environmental Interactions and Sustainable Development: I can discuss the impact human actions can have
  • Cultural Understanding and Diversity: I can recognise that people live in different way and this has an impact on the world


The skills we develop:

  • Enquiry
    • We ask questions
    • We gather sources
    • We evaluate and analyse evidence
    • We have a perspective and make judgements
    • We make connections
  • Field Work
    • Use the correct tools safely and efficiently
    • Investigate, record and gather data
    • Geographical and Visual Literacy
    • Use a map and atlas with ease
    • Identify key features and use correct scale
  • Geographical Communication
    • I can use correct vocabulary to show key concepts and processes


The knowledge we teach:


In EYFS the children are taught to:

  • show care and concern for living things and the environment
  • talk about the some of the things they have observed such as plants, animals, natural and found objects
  • talk about why things happen and why things work
  • comment and ask questions about aspects of their familiar world such as the place where they live or the natural world
    look closely at the similarities, differences, patterns and change
  • talk about the features of their environment and how environments might vary from one another

In Key Stage 1 children are taught about:

  • aspects of local, British and World geography
  • vocabulary related to human and physical geography
  • differences in land use in the local area
  • human and physical similarities and differences between a contrasting non- European country
  • identify seasonal and daily weather patterns in the local area and the world
  • develop geographical skills and fieldwork


  • In Key Stage 2 children are taught about:
  • aspects of local, British and World geography
  • impact of Manchester Airport on both human and physical geography
  • physical and human aspects of local rivers
  • key aspects of extreme physical events on both land and humans
  • economic activity relating to human geography of local canals
  • key physical and human characteristics of two cities (one east coast and one west coast)  in North America
  • key aspects of human geography linked to the development of settlements - Dunham, Bowdon, Altrincham and the City of Manchester
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