Geography: Key stage 1

  • What is it like here?
  • How does the weather affect us?
  • What is it like to live in Shanghai?
  • Would you prefer to live in a hot or a cold place?
  • Why is our natural world wonderful?
  • What is it like to live by the coast?

How it works

To ensure a coherent approach to the progression of skills and knowledge in KS1 for the Geography scheme of work, it is best to follow the units in the order set out.

The national curriculum organises the attainment targets for Geography under:

  • Locational knowledge.
  • Place knowledge.
  • Human and physical geography.
  • Geographical skills and fieldwork.

These strands run through each and every unit in the scheme.  If you decide to adapt or omit a unit use

Geography: National curriculum mapping to ensure you to do not leave any gaps in your coverage.

Choose your unit

Geography Year 1

What is it like here?

Locating where they live on an aerial photograph, recognising features within a local context. Creating maps using classroom objects before drawing simple maps of the school grounds. Following simple routes around the school grounds and carrying out an enquiry as to how their playground can be improved.

What is the weather like in the UK?

Looking at the countries and cities that make up the UK, keeping a daily weather record and finding out more about hot and cold places in the UK.

What is it like to live in Shanghai?

Using a world map to start recognising continents, oceans and countries outside the UK with a focus on China. Children identify physical features of Shanghai using aerial photographs and maps before identifying human features, through exploring land-use. They compare the human and physical features of Shanghai to features in the local area and make a simple map using data collected through fieldwork.

Geography Year 2

Would you prefer to live in a hot or cold place?

Introducing children to the basic concept of climate zones and mapping out hot and cold places globally. Looking at features in the North and South Poles and Kenya. Comparing weather and features in the local area. Learning the four compass points. Learning the names and locating the continents of our world.

Why is our world wonderful?

Learning about the world’s wonders, the names and locations of the world’s oceans and considering what is unique about the local area.


What is it like to live by the coast?

Naming and locating continents and oceans of the world while revisiting countries and cities of the UK and surrounding seas.  Children learn about the physical features of the Jurassic Coast and how humans have interacted with this, including land use and tourism. 

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