Geography: Mixed-age Year 1/2

KS1 Geography lessons tailored to the requirements of a mixed-age setting.

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The mixed-age units follow a Cycle A and Cycle B format to ensure progression of skills for children across the age range.

Year 1/2 Cycle A

Y1/2: What is it like here? (Cycle A)

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.

Y1/2: What is the weather like in the UK? (Cycle A)

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.

Y1/2: What can you see at the coast? (Cycle A)

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.

Year 1/2 Cycle B

Y1/2: Where am I? (Cycle B)

Locating the countries of the UK on a map, recognising features within the school grounds. Using directional language to explore the location of features on maps. Creating their own map using symbols to represent features and thinking about how places on the school grounds make them feel.

Y1/2: Would you prefer to live in a hot or cold place? (Cycle B)

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.

Y1/2: What is it like to live in Shanghai? (Cycle B)

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.

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