Geography at Landywood

Geography is challenging, motivating, topical and fun. The main purpose of the subject is to instil a sense of awe and wonder about the world around us. We aim to develop a sense of curiosity and fascination within all of our children, to encourage them to think for themselves, to take initiative, to ask questions and investigate our world. At Landywood we want to instil a lifelong love of Geography, therefore we use real places, real experiences and real issues to make Geography come alive. By encouraging the children to think Geographically we hope to enrich their social, moral and cultural development. We are committed to developing ‘Geographers for Life’ and instilling them with investigative and problem solving skills for use both inside and outside the classroom. With these skills we aim to develop children into educated citizens who can make a valuable change our world.


Progression of Skills

 Key stage 1 Locational knowledge 

  • Name and locate the world’s seven continents and five oceans. 
  • Name, locate and identify characteristics of the four countries and capital cities of the United Kingdom and its surrounding seas. 

Place knowledge -

  • Understand geographical similarities and differences through studying the human and physical geography of a small area of the United Kingdom, and of a small area in a contrasting non-European country.

Human and physical geography - 

  • Identify seasonal and daily weather patterns in the United Kingdom and the location of hot and cold areas of the world in relation to the Equator and the North and South Poles. Use basic geographical vocabulary to refer to: - - Key physical features, including: beach, cliff, coast, forest, hill, mountain, sea, ocean, river, soil, valley, vegetation, season and weather. 
  • Key human features, including: city, town, village, factory, farm, house, office, port, harbour and shop.

Geographical skills and fieldwork -

  • Use world maps, atlases and globes to identify the United Kingdom and its countries, as well as the countries, continents and oceans studied at this key stage. - Use simple compass directions (North, South, East and West) and locational and directional language [for example, near and far; left and right], to describe the location of features and routes on a map.
  • Use aerial photographs and plan perspectives to recognise landmarks and basic human and physical features; devise a simple map; and use and construct basic symbols in a key. - Use simple fieldwork and observational skills to study the geography of their school and its grounds and the key human and physical features of its surrounding environment.