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An Aspirational Curriculum:


We believe that each child at Rickleton has the potential to be successful in any area of curricular or extra-curricular life now and for their future. The curriculum they access must be the driver of this in offering them deep learning and inspirational experiences in a broad range of areas. Working out where their talents lie and the things they enjoy are a huge factor in this and we expect that all children give their all in all lessons.


In September 2023, we introduced our 'aspirational concepts' to support children and staff to understand the key skills and knowledge which they are building when studying a subject and where this could lead them in their future. We want our children to be driven by their future possibilities and see each lesson as a stepping stone towards this.

A Clear and Well planned Curriculum:


Subject leaders have worked hard to ensure that our curriculum fulfills not only national expectations but also the learning necessary to allow a child in Rickleton, in the North East of England, to be successful.


By carefully considering how knowledge and skills progress, ensuring that learning carefully builds on and consolidates prior knowledge, children have the best chance to feel confident and successful in their studies and to retain their learning as they move forward in their education.


The documents below show what we want children to achieve via the subject and how we plan to make this happen (commonly known as Intent, Implementation and Impact). They also show how topics and and skills are planned to give pupils a deep knowledge and hopefully a passion for the subject to support their future aspirations.

Field Work in Geography

Part of developing Geographical skills and a passion for the subject comes from studying the world around us. This is known as 'field work'. More can be found out about what field work is and how it can help children's learning here.


As a school we put a lot of focus on the visits and visitors which pupils have access to in all subject and Geography is no different. We also encourage staff to get children to use our wonderful school site and locality to broaden learning experiences as regularly as possible. Examples of this can be seen below:

Nursery Forest Schools

Reception - Seasons and exploring the world around us

Reception - Sea World Aquarium visit

Year 1 - understanding direction and compass readings

Y2 Bugman visit

Y3 Living of the land 'Stone Age Survival'

Y3 Investigating Animal habitats

Y4 Washington Wetlands Visit

Y5 Residential - Countryside Locality - Derwenthill Outdoor Centre Lake District

Y6 Residential - contrasting city locality - York

Y6 Orienteering - map reading and direction