Knayton C of E Primary Academy

Proud to be part of Elevate Multi Academy Trust

Stockton Road, Knayton, Thirsk, YO7 4AN

01845 537291

Acting Executive Headteacher: Mrs A Clay

Have courage and be kind...




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


Our intent for our Geography approach is: 

  • For children to be inspired to develop a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people
  • That learning is real, relevant and purposeful, including visits and field study. This is to ensure that all children have experiences and access to cultural capital to support their geographical knowledge and understanding
  • For children to understand their place in the world- where they live and how that fits into the wider world
  • For children to 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
  • To equip our children with the knowledge and skills they need to become responsible global changemakers
  • To enable our children to articulate their learning confidently and to remember knowledge and vocabulary


Nurture and relationships allow adults to support children to experiment and challenge themselves

Learning mission books are high quality and evidence the highest expectations

A creative and innovative approach using a range of high quality resources 


Our Implementation:

  • The National Curriculum provides a structure and skill development for the Geography curriculum being taught
  • Objectives, knowledge, skills and vocab is mapped from EYFS to Year 6 (See curriculum progression document)
  • In EYFS, Geography is taught through a play-based curriculum that encourages the children to explore their local surroundings, observe features of their environment and identify changes within the natural world
  • Geography is taught through cross-curricular ‘Learning Missions’ 
  • Learning Missions include ‘focus tasks’ which every child completes linked to the progression document objectives. The children then have a choice of additional activities to further learning, practise retrieval and apply their knowledge to different contexts
  • Learning Missions begin with a launch to spark children’s interests, engage them in their learning and end with a landing to celebrate the learning journey. High quality core texts are used to further enhance the curriculum
  • Using a core text to link knowledge across the curriculum
  • There are opportunities for all children to access Greater Depth learning
  • Curriculum design links to the local context so that geographical learning is relevant for our children and can be applied to real life contexts.
  • There are regular opportunities for children to learn outdoors, undertaking fieldwork and applying their skills as geographers
  • Knowledge organisers are used to ensure key knowledge and vocabulary is introduced. Teachers ensure that knowledge organisers build on previous learning and that pupils remember their learning
  • Geography is a subject driver for learning missions across the year
  • The Opportunities Pledge ensures that every child has access to a wide range of opportunities that enhance the curriculum, including river, city, beach and local area study


The impact of our Geography approach:

  • Children are equipped with geographical skills and knowledge that will enable them to be ready for the next key stage and for their future
  • Children can articulate their learning and  have a deep knowledge of the world they live in and how they can make a positive impact as global changemakers
  • Children can access and follow an ambitious curriculum that has our vision for exceptionally high expectations
  • Standards in books and assessment outcomes are strong


Please click here for our knowledgeskills and vocabulary progression document for geography.





Please see below for our recommended reads for geography:

Here's what our children say:

"Geography is the best! We get to learn about different countries and places that we'd never normally know about."

"We go on really fun trips, like the time we went to the beach to do a litter pick and got interviewed by Sky News!"

"We learn lots about where we live."