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Thorner C of E

Primary School

Proud to be a part of the Elevate Multi Academy Trust

0113 2892541

Kirkhills, Thorner, Leeds LS14 3JD

Mrs G. Whawell - Headteacher

An inspirational place to learn and play, helping us make the most of everyday “All things are possible to those who believe.” (Mark 9:23)



At Thorner Primary School, we offer a broad, inclusive geography curriculum based on the National Curriculum and the Elevate curriculum progression model for geography. From the moment our smallest children come through the doors in EYFS, they are immersed in experiences that help them develop a curiosity and fascination about the world and its’ people. We offer access to exciting and challenging learning opportunities where clear progression, high quality teaching and engaging curriculum content allows children to understand their place in the world locally, nationally and globally. Our geography curriculum informs, challenges and conceptually shapes their perception and understanding of the world around them. Most importantly, our curriculum equips our children with the geographical skills to think like a geographer.


The National Curriculum for geography aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • develop contextual knowledge of the location of globally significant places – both terrestrial and marine – including their defining physical and human characteristics and how these provide a geographical context for understanding the actions of processes
  • understand the processes that give rise to key physical and human geographical features of the world, how these are interdependent and how they bring about spatial variation and change over time
  • are competent in the geographical skills needed to:
    • collect, analyse and communicate with a range of data gathered through experiences of fieldwork that deepen their understanding of geographical processes
    • interpret a range of sources of geographical information, including maps, diagrams, globes, aerial photographs and Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
    • communicate geographical information in a variety of ways, including through maps, numerical and quantitative skills and writing at length.


At Thorner C of E Primary School, our intent is to inspire children’s curiosity and interest to explore the world around them. Geography is a naturally investigative subject and opportunities for exploration are provided through our carefully planned sequence of lessons. We want our children to foster a passion for the world and its’ people and to be courageous and inquisitive in their learning. Our geography provision is designed to allow all children, including those with SEND, to experience excitement, wonder and, most importantly, a sense of achievement as they practise and improve skills by building upon their own knowledge of geography and adaptations are made where necessary to ensure accessibility for all children.



As with all the foundation subjects, we recognise geography as a discrete discipline and implement the subject through explicit lessons, allowing sufficient time for effective teaching and learning. Our clear progression map shows how our children can build upon their locational and place knowledge to understand more about the similarities and differences of the many processes of the world. They develop geographical skills and communicate information in a variety of ways.

The National Curriculum expectations were used as a basis for our curriculum as it provides a clear structure and skill development. In our progression document, we have built upon these objectives by identifying additional knowledge (substantive knowledge), skills (disciplinary knowledge) and vocabulary. Our teaching content has been sequenced to extend and expand children's geography experiences. We use children's previous learning and build on this. This allows our children to build strong schemas that they can then apply to wider contexts.

Our teachers understand the importance of giving children specific knowledge and consistently build in opportunities to let our children explore and practise their geographical skills in our rich learning environment.



Children are first introduced to the concept of geography through ‘Understanding the World’, as set out in the EYFS framework, which involves guiding the children to make sense of their physical world and community. The extent of their learning is underpinned by the ‘People, Culture and Communities’ ELG and is taught through a play-based curriculum.


Key Stage 1 & Key Stage 2

Geography in Y1 – Y6 is taught through units each term which involve the following strands:

  • Locational knowledge
  • Place knowledge
  • Human and Physical
  • Local geography

Formative assessment is timely and well-focused throughout every geography lesson to ensure a high level of rigor. Teachers assess the children’s knowledge, skills and vocabulary based on the progressive nature of the geography curriculum progression model.


  • Children interpret and understand the world in greater detail.
  • Children are equipped with geographical skills and knowledge to enable them to progress though key stages.
  • Children are empowered to make changes to protect our environment and the world around us to contribute to a better future.
  • Children will retain prior knowledge and can explicitly make connections between their previous and current learning.
  • Children are proud of their achievements and are keen to celebrate and exhibit their work.
  • Children recognise that everyone is a geographer and can express curiosity about the world around them today.
  • Children understand how to use tools and resources in geography safely and appropriately.


Here's what our children say:

"We learn about geography so we can explore the world in more detail."

"I loved learning about new continents and oceans through songs and rhymes."

 "We get to go on fun trips like The Deep and investigate how to care better for our oceans."

“Learning about natural events such as volcanoes and earthquakes is fascinating. I’m always wanting to find out more.”

“We learn a lot about where we live.”



Thorner Geography Progression Document: