St Margaret'sC of E Primary School

Curriculum  »  Geography  »  Year 1

Geography is all around us and is an important subject for our children, allowing us to bring the wider world into the classroom through a range of engaging and exciting lessons.  

In Key Stage One we learn about, the world’s seven continents and five oceans, the four countries and capital cities of the United Kingdom and its surrounding seas, similarities and differences between life in different countries, seasonal and daily weather patterns in the UK and comparing them with hotter and colder countries.

We focus on the following skills:
  • Using maps, atlases and globes.
  • Using simple compass directions.
  • Using aerial photos to recognise human and physical features.
  • Devising a simple map.
  • Using and constructing basic symbols in a key.
  • Studying the geography of our school and it's grounds.
Autumn: What is it like here?

Locate three features on an aerial photograph of the school and know the name of the country and village, town or city in which they live. Make a map of the classroom with four key features, using objects to represent the distance and direction of features in the classroom. Recognise four features in the school grounds using a map. Explain how they feel about three areas of the playground and find out how others feel by looking at the results of a survey. Draw a design to improve three areas of the playground using the results from the survey.

Spring: What is the weather like in the UK?

Name and locate the four countries on a map of the UK. Identify the country they live in. Identify the four seasons. Describe some seasonal changes. Identify the four compass directions. Use the compass directions to describe the location of features. Observe and describe daily weather patterns. Begin to locate the four capital cities of the UK. Explain what the weather is like during each season in the UK. Suggest appropriate clothing and activities for each season.

Summer: What is it like to live in Shanghai?

Give examples of human and physical features. Identify features they see on a walk. Explain the location of features using some directional language. Use an aerial photograph to locate physical and human features. Draw simple pictures or symbols on a sketch map. Draw compass points. Name the continent they live in. Use an atlas to locate the UK and China on a world map. Use an atlas to locate Europe and Asia on a world map. Identify China’s physical and human geography. Sort physical and human features using photographs. Identify physical and human features in images of Shanghai. Compare Shanghai to their locality. Identify similarities and differences between human and physical features.

Our School

We looked on Google maps and found our school, we then looked closely at our school and labelled some of the key parts such as the field, the playground etc.

Our School