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Geography Statement of Intent


Resilient        Respectful       Inspired      Curious


Geographers at Yeadon Westfield Junior School


Geography inspires in children a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people. We teach Geography with the aim of equipping children with knowledge about people, resources, natural and human environments, in Yeadon and around the world. We also aim to inspire and inform children with knowledge about diverse places around our exciting world, in ways that is meaningful and relevant to them.


As children progress through YWJS, their growing knowledge will help them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of different landscapes. Each year, children build on their developing geographical skills and show confidence and resilience in a range of skills such as map reading, comparing and contrasting a range of places in the world and securing place and locational knowledge as they go. Geography skills such as map reading, and orienteering are supported in PE lessons and on the school residential. Place and locational knowledge are supported during themed weeks such as Fairtrade Fortnight where children use maps to identify where key Fairtrade foods are grown.


By the end of Key Stage 2 at YWJS, our aim is that children will leave with the geographical knowledge, understanding and skills that allows them to explain how the Earth’s features, both in their local area and places further away from Yorkshire, are shaped, interconnected and changed over time. As their knowledge and respect of our world grows so will their ability to challenge, question and reflect on their own viewpoints. It is our wish for children to have a strong knowledge of place and location, as well as become globally aware of their impact on the planet, taking responsibility for their actions in an ever-changing world.

Yeadon Westfield Junior School Geography Policy 2021-2024

Spring Term 2024 - Year 6 - North American Studies

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We completed 5 activities learning about Native Americans:
• Making homemade baked beans around the campfire. (Almost everyone helped make and eat the baked beans.) They tasted great!
• Making dream catchers - the native Americans believed that a dream catcher web could ward off bad dreams and evil spirits.
• Totem poles - each tribe would have had their own totem pole carved from a tree to represent their morals, values and families or important animals. We had a go with clay at making our own figures and stacking them up to make totem poles.
• Making talking sticks - an important part of native American democracy - the talking stick was held by the chief to command respect and passed around to allow everyone to have a voice in turn at community meetings
• Navajo design - The native Navajo tribe create to this day geometric rugs in eye-catching designs. We had a go at designing our own.

In the afternoon, we planted potatoes and onions to grow ready to harvest later in the year.

Spring 2024 - Year 5 - Geographical Muddy Puddle Day

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We started off our Muddy Puddle Day with links to our geography earthquakes work. First we designed our own earthquake-proof buildings. Then we went outside and made them out of marshmallows and spaghetti!!! Finally we tested them!

Spring Term 2024 Year 3 Physical Geography: What is the structure of the Earth?

Spring Term 2024 - Year 4 - Creative Writing (Mountains)

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We are pretending to go on an expedition in the hall climbing over obstacles and hills/mountains as Jordan Romero would have done when he became the youngest person to climb the seven summits. We wore backpacks for effect! This to stimulate our creative writing.

Spring Term 2024 - Year 5 - Physical geography: Where do earthquakes occur? We investigated tectonic plates and where earthquakes happen across the world.


Summer Term 2023 - Year 5 - Biodiversity and fieldwork

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Fieldwork - What is the biodiversity of our school grounds and why does it need protecting?
1 - Biodiversity audit of the school grounds. We used a map of YWJS school grounds to find human and physical features.
2 - We then examined the biodiversity of one area of the school grounds by placing a quadrat in that area. We sketched the area, created a tally chart of what we saw and used magnifying glasses to find out more information.
3 - We re-designed the nature garden to maximise biodiversity, remembering the importance of making it pollinator friendly.
4 - In the afternoon we put our gardening skills to work and updated the nature garden, adding new flower beds and redesigning the bug hotels to improve the biodiversity of our school grounds.

Summer Term 2023 - Year 4 - Global Waste Reduction

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The children debated the question 'How can we help and encourage a reduction in waste locally and globally?' Today we worked in groups to produce campaigns aimed at companies that are not very environmentally friendly. 
The children came up with ways to advise these big companies how to be more environmentally friendly and produce less waste. The companies the children named have been caught doing 'greenwashing'.

Summer Term 2023 - Year 5 Geography Field Trip

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On our journey to Esholt woods we used an ordnance survey map to pinpoint physical and human features along the way. In the woods we explored the area by Guiseley Beck using our maps and learning about the features shown on it. In small groups we then used quadrats to observe the range of plants and animals living in a woodland habitat to gauge biodiversity.

Summer Term 2023 - Year 3 - Geographical Muddy Puddle Day

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We worked in pairs and used our geographical knowledge of regions of the United Kingdom to answer questions on our orienteering course. For example: What region is to the North of the West Midlands?
We then conducted a survey of the frequency in colour of cars that passed our school. It was quite tricky to keep a count, so we used a tally table to record our results and then answered questions relating to our findings, back in the classroom, we drew a bar chart.

Summer Term 2023 - Year 4 - Visit To Nell Bank (Rivers)

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We spent a day at Nell Bank, near Ilkley. We were studying nature in the woods, by the river and in the ponds. It was a grand day out!

Summer Term - Geography displays across the school

Year 4 Muddy Puddle day Spring 2 2023 - Mountains

The children enjoyed exploring how mountains are made through a series of investigations. They explored erupting bags of icing for volcanic mountains, breaking chocolate crispie bars up to replicate fault block mountains, bending and folding card/paper to form fold mountains, plateau mountains created using water and sand to represent valleys created and dome mountains formed by blowing up a balloon.

Year 5 - Earthquakes - Spring term 2023. Finding out about tectonic plates.

Year 5 - Earthquakes - Spring term 2023 Earthquake inspired art during Muddy Puddle day.


Summer Term 2022 - Year 4 - What is Geography?

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Year 3 Yorkshire Summer 2022

"In our Yorkshire topic we have learnt about different settlements. I know that a hamlet is just a small group of houses, a village has houses and a small amount of shops, a town has churches, railway stations and lots more shops and a city has football stadiums, sky scrapers and shopping centers. I have enjoyed learning about Yorkshire!" Cruz 3B


"I enjoyed learning about geographical features in Yorkshire and the UK. It was fun sorting the different places in to human and natural features. A natural feature is Durdle Door, and a human feature is Edinburgh Castle." Evelyn 3L

Year 3 Yorkshire topic work

Year 4 Rivers & Coasts Summer 2022

"I enjoyed locating where rivers are by using an atlas and plotting them on my own map." Sophie 4K


"I learnt what erosion means and how the weather and climate change can change the course of a river." Amelia 4K


"I know what coasts are now and we spent a lesson locating beaches around the UK." Holly 4I

Year 4 Rivers & Coasts topic work

Year 5 Brazil Summer 2022

"In our Brazil topic, I have enjoyed comparing the human and physical features of Leeds with Rio de Janeiro. A human feature of Leeds is our school, and a human feature of Rio de Janeiro is Christ the Redeemer." Isla 5H


"I really enjoyed learning what a biome is. We spent a lesson comparing different biomes. I know that the Amazon Rainforest is a type of biome." Michael 5A

Year 5 Brazil topic work

Year 6 Europe Summer 2022

"I enjoyed researching natural features in Europe. I learnt that the tallest mountain in Europe is in Russia called Mount Elbrusi." Heidi 6M


"I learnt about human features in Europe. I researched the Eiffel Tower and found out that it has a secret scientific laboratory inside it!" Jacob 6G

Year 6 Europe Topic Summer 2022

Year 6 took part in a great practical lesson to secure our knowledge of the countries and capital cities in Europe. We played 'rounders' where we rotated round tables in our classroom to contribute to annotating blank maps of Europe. By the end we successfully located all the countries and capital cities in Europe as a whole class team!

Year 6 Europe topic work

Year 5 Earthquakes topic

Year 5 Earthquakes topic work

Spring Term 2022 - Class 4I - A Simulated Mountain Rescue

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We set up a mountain range in the hall. We then tried to experience what it might feel like for a mountain rescue team carrying heavy loads over difficult terrain.

Spring Term 2022 - Class 4I - Mountain Climbing Debate

Year 4 Mountains topic work

Spring Term 2022 - Year 3 - What Makes The Earth Angry?

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We made models of the earth with its various layers. Then we cut them up to see how they looked.

Year 3 Volcanoes topic work

Year 6 North America topic work

Autumn Term 2021 - Year 6 - COP26

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In light of COP26, Year 6 have been considering the impact of climate change on our world. We looked at the impact human activity causes in the following six areas: Food and farming, Oceans, Forests, Energy, Travel and Transport and Health and Happiness and considered possible solutions to reduce the human impact on our world. The children chose one of those six areas to create a poster and then presented the information to the class. Please use the pause button if you want to examine a poster more closely.

Follow the link below to have a look at the wonderful 'Our Powerful Planet' Thing in the Hall project, focusing on geography.


Y4 Mighty Mountains

As part of our topic on Mighty Mountains, we used an Atlas to locate the major Mountain formations around the world and label these on our own paper copy of the world map.

Year 3 Locating places on a map

As part of our topic on Ancient Egypt, we used an Atlas to locate the United Kingdom and Egypt. We then took a closer look at Egypt and drew our own maps with the River Nile, Upper and Lower Egypt and some of the key features of this country.

Summer Term 2021 - Year 6 - Yorkshire

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The Geography topic this term was Yorkshire. Here is a selection of written work. Remember you can use the pause button if you want more time to read what the children have written. Enjoy.

Summer Term 2021 - Class 5A - Bustling Brazil

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Pages from our workbooks showing what we have learned in our Geography topic.

Summer Term 2021 - Year 4 River and Sea Erosion

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We have been studying erosion and deposition caused by rivers and the sea. We designed and built our own defensive walls. Some of the walls were so good that we had to use really big waves to defeat them!

Spring 2021 - Class 5A - Earthquake Studies

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Studying the cracks caused by earthquakes inspired the pupils to create some art work.

Spring 2021 Year 4 - Geography/PE

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Year 4 have been practising how to be mountain rescuers in our Geography topic called 'Mighty Mountains'. The learning objective of the lesson was to understand what the role of the mountain rescue team was.

The children created a scenario where the team would have to venture into the mountains to rescue someone and then they had to take an object (an injured person) across a mountain range (obstacle course in the hall) without dropping/injuring the person!

Spring 2021 - Year 3 - Geography - The Structure of the Earth

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‘What Makes the Earth Angry?’
We have been exploring Volcanoes, answering the questions: What are the layers of the Earth? How are Volcanoes formed? What are the different kinds of Volcanoes? Where are volcanoes located around the world? We then created our own mini Earths with multiple layers using plasticine. We cut into it so we could identify all those layers.

Autumn 2020 Year 3 developing mapping skills in their PE Orienteering lessons.

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Year 3 - Volcanoes

Mount Vesuvius erupts!


Year 3 had a visit from Flavia, a time traveller from Pompeii who survived the eruption of Vesuvius. In our English, we then looked at the time line of when and how Vesuvius erupted and had a go at some still improvisation of our own reactions to each phase of the eruption. It was quite a day!

Year 4 link their mountains work to making avalanche survival shelters in Design and Technology.

Year 5 – Earthquakes. Year 5 built on their map working skills and also learnt all about plate tectonics and their locations around the world.

'You can travel the seas, poles and deserts and see nothing. To really understand the world you need to get under the skin of the people and places. In other words, learn about geography. I can't imagine a subject more relevant in schools. We'd all be lost without it'

Michael Palin