“The study of geography is about more than just memorising places on a map. It’s about understanding the complexity of our world, appreciating the diversity of culture that exists across continents.”

Barack Obama

Our geography curriculum is designed to inspire our children’s curiosity to allow pupils to gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of the physical world from where we live to the far off lands of planet Earth. We begin our journey close to home, York, where pupils can use their current knowledge to make further connections and then move forwards to develop a deeper understanding of the United Kingdom and the world. Our teaching equips pupils to enhance their locational awareness, think critically and develop an understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes. Through our curriculum, we explore our local locality, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their individual place and role as a global citizen. We have used themes to support our pupils further in making those important connections both within geography and also across all national curriculum subjects. We study:

  • Welcome to Yorkshire
  • Influencers
  • Treasures


We have designed a progression of skills to allow our pupils to become proficient in:

  • Understanding the world they live in
  • Thinking critically and comparatively
  • Understanding the fluid links between physical and human geography
  • Practical fieldwork skills
  • Communicating what they have learnt in a variety of ways


Our entire curriculum, including Geography, promotes opportunities to be Challenged, build Resilience, experience Enrichment and explore the wider World (#CREW).

Stakeholders have identified that our pupils hold certain barriers when studying geography. To ensure our pupils all reach their full potential, we have designed our geography curriculum with a focus on these specific barriers which include:

  • Building confidence, stamina and independence
  • Developing oracy and extending vocabulary
  • Knowledge beyond their immediate locality

Geography Curriculum 2022-23