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Thornton Dale C of E Primary School

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01751 474 345

Castle Close, Thornton Dale, Pickering. YO18 7TW

Mrs Nikkie Beniams

Be Kind, be brave, believe


Our intent is to inspire children to develop a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people. We want children to develop geographical skills and communicate information in a variety of ways.  

Our intent for our Geography approach is for children to: 


  • Achieve their absolute potential by having the highest expectations of their learning 
  • Be confident to ask questions, take risks and extend their historical knowledge. This is enabled by positive relationships and nurture. 
  • Be equipped 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 
  • Understand, compare and contrast different places, people and localities throughout the world 
  • Apply Geographical skills in every day life 


We implement Geography through:  

  • In EYFS, we implement Geography through exploring the world around us, as well as learning about people in the world, making links with children from other backgrounds and cultures.  We remember our learning through vocabulary floor books. We follow children’s interest but promote further challenge through adult interactions and by providing books to learn about geography. 
  • Our creative and innovative sequential approach of Launch, re Launch and Landing 
  • Focus groups and challenges within Learning Mission time. Nurture and relationships allow adults to support children to challenge themselves
  • Learning Mission journeys reflect what is being taught, vocabulary, relevant diagrams, photos and knowledge organisers 
  • Learning mission books that are high quality and evidence the highest expectations of work
  • A creative and innovative approach using a range of high quality resources  
  • The use of knowledge organisers to enable children to remember what they have been taught long term 
  • Using a core text to link knowledge across the curriculum 
  • Excellent teacher subject knowledge and high order questioning 
  • Opportunities for all children to access Greater Depth learning  
  • Learning across the curriculum is sequentially planned to build on knowledge and skills 
  • Opportunities to learn outdoors, undertaking fieldwork and using geographical equipment 


The National Curriculum provides a structure and skill development for the Geography curriculum being taught. This is linked to our Learning Missions to provide a creative approach, which reflects a balanced programme of study. 


The impact of our Geography approach is that children are equipped with geographical skills and knowledge that will enable them to be ready for the next key stage and for their future life as an adult in the wider world. 

Here's what our children say:

"Geography is exciting, we get to learn about the world in different ways, I especially like scanning the QR codes to guess the countries."

"We learn lots about where we live."