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.



Geography Autumn 2 2019

Year 3:

In Year 3, the children consolidated their prior learning about the continents of the world using their atlas skills. They then located the countries that make up the UK and their capital cities using maps and looked at identifying key features of a locality using a map where relevant.

Year three also compared a region in the UK to a region in Europe using geographical language.  Whilst studying Ancient Egypt, the children identified the main landmarks and geographical features of this country using a map.

Year 4:

As part of their study of the Roman era, the children in Year 4 used atlases, maps and globes to identify Italy and its capital, Rome. They also mapped the expansion of the Roman Empire from 800BC to 117AD and had to accurately research and collect information using their skills of geographical enquiry. . They planned a journey using their geographical skills.

Year 5:

In Year 5 the children discovered where the Vikings came from using maps and atlases. They also looked a range of geographical features around the world such as Earthquakes and the geographical features of these. They thought of their own questions about Earthquakes and volcanoes and they used their research skills to find the answers.

Year 6:

As part of their study on Ancient Greece, the children in Year 6 used their atlas skills to locate places in Europe including Greece and its capital, Athens on a map. Using maps and satellite images, they also identified the countries Alexander the Great conquered and the trade routes in Ancient Greece. They looked at using maps and other resources to describe what a locality might be like.

Geography Autumn Term 2019

Reception children have been very busy exploring their immediate environment, including talking about animals and plant in the locality. They have also learnt about the seasons and harvest.

Year one children have been finding out where animals come from; part of this work involved visiting Banham Zoo.

Year 1 Banham Zoo Trip Autumn 1 2019


Year two have been locating significant landmarks in Norwich and comparing old and new landmarks. Work included using google maps and linked to visiting Norwich Cathedral.

Year 2 trip to Norwich Cathedral

Geography Summer Term 2019

Early Years

In Nursery the children have been developing their knowledge and understanding of the world by visiting Church Farm, Stow Bardolph. They learnt about a farm and the animals that live there. They talked about their journey and the time it took to get there.

During independent learning time, some children created their own maps of special places. One child made a treasure map which included x marks the spot, lollipop trees, mountains covered in chocolate and a pond full of mermaids!

A nursery child talked about family living in New Zealand, which they knew was a long way away. They looked for New Zealand and the UK on the globe with a member of staff and discussed climate and the animals living there. They also talked about penguins living in Antarctica ‘down the bottom!’

Year 1

Year one visited Holkham Hall and explored a completely new environment!  They looked at the Field to Fork exhibition and learnt about farming through time in Norfolk. They saw lots of different products that are made from crops that are grown at Holkham.  The children also learnt about the park and the deer that live there.

Year 2

Year 2 have been learning to use their Geography skills by taking part in fieldwork in the school grounds.  They have been using simple compass directions and locational and directional language to describe the location of features on a map.

Goldcrest Visit Summer 2 2019

On the 18th June 2019, Year 4 participated in an excellent outdoor learning experience courtesy of Goldcrest Outdoor Education Centre. Linked to their learning about habitats and food chains, the children participated in an orienteering activity based around the school ground. On the day, they also learnt about how to read a satellite map and use a compass to navigate.  Rounding off the day, the children played a fun and exciting game entitled ‘Hawks and Blackbirds’ which was based on understanding food chains, predators and preys. The children had a fantastic time learning outside and the weather even blessed us with some sunshine! Inside the classroom, pupils examined and identified common Ordanance Survey symbols and plotted some of these on a grid.

Autumn Term Geography 2017

During their play activities the Reception children have been finding out about animals.  Teachers help them to use globes, maps and ipads to research their favourite animals and learn more about them and the places they come from.

“I showed her on a map where the UK was and where Africa and India were. We talked about how it was a long way, and she suggested that she could fly there to see the elephants”.

In another class the children were playing with polar small world toys and one child was fascinated by Arctic wolves.  He was helped to find out more about them and the environment they live in.  He also found out that Arctic wolves’ favourite food was Arctic hare, lemmings, seals, and birds.

Elsewhere some children were playing under the canopy and one child was wearing a workman’s waistcoat.   He said that he was going to work on a plane so he talked with the teacher about the job of a pilot and looked on the iPad at different passenger planes. He made a plane and invited some friends to fly with him.  They looked at the globe, the UK’s location and different places that they could fly to, then decided that they would fly over the sea to America.

In Year 1 the children learned about Harvest and were visited by a local farmer and his tractor.  They were able to ask the farmer about his job, and practice their tractor driving skills!  They went on to learn about some of the foods harvested in other parts of the world.

Year 1 have also been learning about animals that live in different parts of the world.  As part of their Topic studies they have used maps, globes, atlases and the internet to discover features of different countries and environments and learn about how the animals that live there have adapted.  As part of their Winter Wonderland Topic they learnt about the animals of the polar regions, and in particular about the Inuit people and how their lives might be similar or different to our own in the UK.

Year 2 have been learning about Medieval Norwich this term, and were able to visit Norwich Castle to find out about how people lived long ago.

They also learned about the features of Castles and how and where they were built.   This helped them to develop their geographical vocablulary, for example: city, town, village, factory, farm, house, office, port, harbour, river, moat, hill.  They were able use aerial photographs to recognise landmarks and basic human and physical features and they learnt about castles in other parts of the United Kingdom. They looked on maps and on Google Earth to find the Tower of London, Edinburgh Castle, Norwich Castle, Warwick Castle and Windsor Castle.