Here at Croftlands Infant & Nursery School, Geography provides a means of exploring, appreciating and understanding the world in which we live. We aim to inspire in our children a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people. We build upon the children’s personal geography by developing geographical skills, understanding and knowledge through studying places and themes to ensure that we are keen geographers.
In the EYFS, our youngest explorers embark on an Understanding of the World magical mystery tour – the destinations are decided by the interests and experiences of the children. By investigating these personal places, the children are encouraged to share their experiences, observations and knowledge, develop skills of investigation and ask and answer questions, thus awakening a curiosity to want to find out more about the wider world.
The adventure continues in Key Stage 1.
In Year 1, the starting point of their Geography journey is our school itself! The children learn about the local area in which we live and we then travel further afield to compare their life in this locality to other regions of the United Kingdom: Scotland, England, Northern Ireland and Wales. As meteorologists, we keep a close eye on the weather too!
The world tour continues in Year 2, where we travel far and wide across the seven continents of the world, sailing its five oceans to discover hot and cold areas in relation to the Equator and the North and South Poles. The children learn how to draw and interpret maps and they develop the skills of research, observation, investigation, analysis and problem-solving.
Starting with the subject content outlined in the EYFS Framework, Development Matters & National Curriculum Programme of Study, we have developed a curriculum map which ensures coverage and progression across the key stages. Foundation subjects are taught in blocks.
In this way the children can engage and become fully immersed in the subject, making it easier to remember what is being taught and thus embed key learning, vocabulary, knowledge and skills.
In our medium-term plans we set out the learning objectives for each lesson, identifying engaging activities and resources which will be used to achieve them. Each geography lesson will begin by revisiting and consolidating previous learning, ensuring a firm foundation upon which to build. Under skilful guidance, clear explanations, modelling, and scaffolding of learning the children become successful, happy learners.
We use a variety of ways to find out what the children know. All activities are differentiated to suit different abilities and learning styles. We encourage the children to talk - in pairs, small groups or through class discussion, to share ideas, experiences or suggestions, and comments are noted. The children may record pictorially, with the adult scribing the child’s observations. We also collect photographic evidence. We revisit previous topics to assess if the children have remembered previous learning some time later.
We have developed ‘I can . . .’ assessment sheets, with statements taken directly from the National Curriculum Programmes of Study. As each unit of work is covered, we consider the related intended learning, recognise children who are working at or beyond the expected level for their age, as well as identifying the children who need and who will therefore receive support.
Monitoring in geography includes work book scrutinies, lesson observations and/or learning walks, pupil voice interviews / questionnaires in order to ascertain correct curriculum coverage, the quality of teaching and learning as well as the children’s attitudes to learning Geography. This information is then used to inform further curriculum developments and provision is adapted accordingly.
Geography Knowledge Progression
Geography Vocabulary Progression
KS1 Knowledge Organisers
Year One knowledge organiser: Year One United Kingdom.
Year One knowledge organiser: Year One Geographical Skills - Our Local Area
Year One knowledge organiser: Year One Weather & Seasons
Year Two knowledge organiser: Year Two continents & oceans of the world
Year Two knowledge organiser: Year Two Kenya
Year Two knowledge organiser: Year Two Further into the United Kingdom.
Year Two knowledge organiser: Year Two Recognising Physical Features.
Click here for the KS1 Geography Curriculum.
Click here for Understanding of the World in Birth to 5 Matters Birth to 5 Matters