At Ladysmith Junior School, the children explore and learn about physical and human geographical features in their local community and across the globe, through practical creative activities, field studies, discussions and independent research.

Across the different year groups, children focus on a physical area or land feature. Each topic includes elements of physical and human geography.

Year 3: Why are rivers important?

Year 4: How are people effected by natural disasters?

             Why are jungles so wet and deserts so dry?

Year 5: What are Britain’s National Parks for?

Year 6: What is evolution?


We provide a broad, varied and progressive curriculum, where children develop skills across the 4 years. The children use globes, atlases and ordinance survey maps to identify continents, countries and land features. Through themed days, such as ‘pirate day’ in Year 3, and trips, such as the Year 5 Dartmoor trip, the children learn to interpret symbols; use the 8 points of a compass and eventually 8 figure grid references to locate places of interest.

The curriculum is enriched through educational visits, which focus on developing field work skills. These provide opportunities for the children to observe, measure record, and later, back in school, present what they have found out. 

Children leave Ladysmith Junior School with a good understanding of the world around them and how it continues to change, both naturally and as a result of human activities.