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‘It’s surely our responsibility to do everything within our power to create a planet that provides a home for not just us, but for all life on Earth’

SIR David Attenborough.

Philosophy and approach  

Cornerstones are four small schools, located in rural North Yorkshire. We want to open the world to our children providing them with greater diversity, to show them its wonders and its problems. To teach them to question what they see before them and to give them the courageous advocacy to stand up with their views with actions. We believe this will make them outward looking young people, ready for life outside their communities. 


  • To spark curiosity and interest in the world through providing exciting topics linked to our KS1 curriculum.  
  • Immersing them in hands on experiences in their surroundings. Accessing local amenities through walks, visits and forest schools. 
  • We intend to encourage all children to become outward looking individuals, to explore and use their experiences in life, holidays, family etc…to learn about the wider geographical world. 

KS1 and KS2 

  • Our long-term rolling programme lays out a balanced plan of learning to unsure an exciting curriculum delivery throughout KS1 and KS2 learning about the children’s local area, their country, and places in the wider world. 
  • We intend to build children’s vocabulary and understanding during each unit, encouraging children to be active learners, asking questions and using their voice to talk confidently about what they have learnt and think in discussions. 
  • We aim to give children hands on experiences in the field where possible – encompassing hands on learning. We also intend children to engage in and use technology to advance and enhance their understanding of the subject. 

What you will see in lessons 

  • In all our schools the EYFS are part of the KS1 classroom. They learn to be geographers through accessing the Early Learning Goals in Knowledge and Understanding of the world. 
  • They explore opportunities to develop their Knowledge and Understanding of the world skills through the core provision, the enhancements added and the first-hand experiences in and out of school. 
  • In Key Stage One and Two, children are taught the subject of geography through the guidance of the National Curriculum. 
  • Geography is planned for from our long-term curriculum plan where ‘Whole School Learning Questions’ are used termly to drive a creative link between subjects. Please refer to our long-term curriculum planning. 
  • From this, units of work are taught either termly or half termly, with flexibly, so that if there is need to explore units for an extended amount of time, this can be done. 


From EYFS to Y6, we aim to foster a respect, interest and knowledge in the world and its people. We want our children to be accepting of difference, to feel they can contribute to the world they live in and make valuable contributions as young global citizens. We want them to be confident in the way they want to shape their future and their place in the world.  

Geography progression document

Cornerstone Geography Policy

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