Autumn 2020 Geography


Reception children have been very busy exploring their immediate environment, including talking about animals and plants in their outdoor area, which is known as ‘Ted’s Den’. They have also learnt about harvest.

During child- initiated learning time, some children have found out about other countries. Other children made their own treasure maps, then used them to search for treasure in Ted’s Den.

Year one

Year one children studied a world map and discussed the continents. They then identified where we are on the map and where the Arctic and Antarctica are. This built on from our Science lessons where they had been learning about polar animals and the adaptations they have to survive in cold climates. As a class they discussed how we thought people survived in cold climates. The children thought about the clothing and shelter required to keep people safe. They focused on the Inuit people, their diet, modes of transport and hobbies. The children were intrigued and thought about the similarities and differences between their lifestyles and the lifestyles of the Inuit people. This lead to the children wanting to learn more about people who had been to the North and South Pole.

Child looking at a world map

Polar bear with cubs in snow

Year two

Year two children have been locating significant landmarks in Norwich and comparing old and new landmarks. Work included using google maps.

Infant Geography Spring 2020

Reception children have been learning about the people who help us in our community. They have had visits from the police, ambulance and the fire service. The firefighters gave us a challenge:

1. Can you find the closest water hydrant to your house? Look for the yellow sign with a ‘H’ on it.

2. Do you know your address? If someone from the emergency services asked you where you live, would you know what to tell them?

3. Do you know where your smoke alarm is in your house? Does it work and when was the last time it was tested?

In Year 1 the children have been Weather Watchers and have been learning all about types of weather and climate in different parts of the world. They created their own weather forecast on a map of the UK. They have learnt how a tornado works and listened to a BBC weather forecaster telling them all about his job. Year one explored places using Google maps. The children used their prior learning about maps to create their own maps with a key and symbols.

Year two have been learning to locate places on globes and maps, progressing with their map work skills from year one. They have been naming and locating the world’s seven continents and the oceans. The children shared their knowledge of countries and found out additional information about specific countries, including Africa. They looked at and discussed a selection of objects from around the world and matched these up to the correct continent on a map.