Geography provokes and answers questions about the natural and human worlds. It develops knowledge of places and environments throughout the world, an understanding of maps and a range of investigative and problem-solving skills both inside and outside the classroom. As children study Geography, they encounter different societies and cultures. This helps them to realise how nations rely on each other. It can inspire them to think about their own place in the world, their values, and their rights and responsibilities to other people and the environment. In the Foundation Stage, Geography is not viewed as a separate subject but comes under the learning area Understanding the World. The aim is that through carefully planned practical activities and structured and unstructured play, our young children will learn more about the world they live in and the people they encounter.


During Key Stage 1, the aim is that children will learn about themselves and the world by investigating their local area and contrasting areas in the UK or abroad, finding out about the environment in both areas and the people who live there, and think about weather patterns in the UK and other areas of the world in relation to the Equator. They will also carry out geographical enquiry inside and outside the classroom using geographical skills and resources, as well as building a bank of subject specific vocabulary to describe and name the features of different areas in their locality and around the world.