Birchfield Primary School

Birchfield Avenue, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS27 7HU


Geography at Birchfield Primary School

 "There are no passengers on Spaceship Earth. We are all crew! "

(Marshall McLuhan)

Our vision at Birchfield is to develop curiosity and fascination about our incredible Earth, whether it's the environment and its volatile nature or the diverse societies which exist around us. Our geography curriculum poses exciting questions to ignite children's curiosity and wonder about the world around them.

As geographers, children investigate their local environment through fieldwork, developing map reading skills and learning how to use a compass. They explore diverse environments such as the rainforest and desert. They use atlases and technology to develop their sticky knowledge about the world's continents, countries, cities and key physical features.

As a whole school we look at countries around the world and learn about the similarities and differences between British culture and others throughout the school year. We run a Cultures week each year and participate in Earth Day projects. We use Etwinning to connect to other countries around Europe - one exciting project last year was our Christmas Card Exchange!

At Birchfield we also aim to instil in children a sense of environmental responsibility and encourage them to understand environmental issues at a local and global level. We work closely with the Funzi and Bodo charity, giving children an important insight into life in less developed countries.

Running through all of our Geography work at Birchfield is the idea that we are motivating and inspiring our children to find out about their world, both physical and human, so that they can take an active part in contributing to and protecting this world as they grow up.


Click here for whole school Geography overview.


During geography year 2 have used atlases to find the capital cities of the countries in the U.K. They sorted countries and cities and placed them onto the map correctly.

Click here to see our SMSC links for Geography.