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Geography Intent

At Westcliff we intend children to become confident explorers of the fascinating world around them, and curious about the diverse people who live in it. We begin by nurturing their understanding of place and their local area and soon expand to include more distant and varied locations.

We will equip them with the skills to:

  • Navigate and explore using geographical skills and fieldwork
  • Compare and contrast using their understanding of place
  • Speak the language of Geography
  • Investigate both physical and human processes


A key and relevant theme of the coast will weave throughout all our geographical learning, children will learn the wonders and dangers of the ocean and how to stay safe while living in a coastal town like Dawlish. We will study the formation and use of different landscapes and environments, how our Earth has already changed, as well as how to protect it for the future. We will teach children how to transfer geography skills from the classroom to the real world, and inspire them to take on the ever-changing geographical challenges faced by our future generations.

Michael Palin once said, “To really understand the world you need to get under the skin of the people and the places” and this is just what we intend to do.