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Geography Curriculum

Here you can find out what learning is taking place in which year group at St Peters, or you can view further documents below:

Early Years
  • Discuss similarities and differences in relation to places and living things.
  • Learn about features of our immediate environment and how environments might vary from one another.
  • Make observations of animals and the Reception garden and discuss any changes.
  • Find out about the environment by talking to people, examining photographs and simple maps and visiting local places.
  • Share stories about different environments (verbal and from books/videos).
  • Ask questions about our familiar world including where we go to school and live or the natural world.
  • How to be caring and respectful towards living things and the environment.
Key Stage 1
Year 1
  • Seasonal and daily weather patterns 
  • Map skills - Locate the equator, north/south pole, seven continents and five oceans, aerial maps and plan perspectives (focusing on our school), simple compass directions and grid references, creating a map with a simple key, plotting human and physical features on maps (school grounds and London).
  • Fieldwork to study geography of school and its key features
Year 2
  • Fieldwork study of school grounds and immediate local area
  • Map skills - Create a more detailed map of the school grounds, with a key and follow a route. Location of hot and cold areas of the world in relation to the Equator and the North and South Poles. Using four compass directions, near/far and grid references. Name and locate the four countries and capital cities of the United Kingdom and its surrounding seas. Aerial maps of our school and the immediate local area.
  • Identify characteristics of the four countries and capital cities of the United Kingdom and its surrounding seas.
  • China study - Locate China/UK and compare location with UK. Comparison of Shoreham and Beijing (China) inc. human and physical features.
  • Features of villages, towns and cities.
Key Stage 2
Year 3
  • Identify significance of the Equator, Northern Hemisphere and Southern Hemispheres
  • Africa study – Human differences e.g. between rich and poor. Physical differences e.g. land use inc. rivers and crops. Fieldwork at the Africa workshop at Drusilla’s.
  • South America study - Environmental regions, key physical and human characteristics, countries and major cities. Compare the differences between Shoreham and in regions of South America. Link with History - Where are the Romans/Vikings from? Where did they travel through? Facts about Rome.
  • Human/physical geography - throughout different location studies e.g. types of settlement, land use and physical landmarks.
  • Map skills – Locate equators, hemispheres, continents and the world’s countries, including countries in Europe and Russia. Making maps, using a key, following a route to and from Buckingham Park, using OS maps, eight points of a compass and four figure grid references (linked with Orienteering in PE).
Year 4
  • Egypt study History link – Natural resources inc. the River Nile, land use and settlement, climate, compare with how the River Adur helps us.
  • South America study – Rainforests, endangered animals, climate zones, human impact on the rainforest.
  • Mount Everest study - Climate zones, mountains and volcanos.
  • Human geography – settlement use in South America, Egypt and near/on Mount Everest and its impact, humans’ impact on endangered animals. Human features of Shoreham and the effect of the changing landscape on Shoreham.
  • Recycling
  • Map skills – Locating continents and countries of specific study focuses (South America, Egypt and Mount Everest), fieldwork trip using six figure grid references to navigate Shoreham, using aerial maps to identify human and physical features, using OS maps (including a trip to use maps in Shoreham). Music link – Locating where different types of music originated from.
Year 5
  • Shoreham study History link - Physical and human features (inc. economic) of Shoreham (linked with the War).
  • Map skills – Broader local area (Shoreham and the south coast), creating a map of the south coast with a key, using maps which show different information e.g. population, world maps (of the Allied Countries), field work on Newhaven Fort trip (using aerial maps link with preparation for D Day).
  • Climate change - David Attenborough and Greta Thurnberg
  • Prime / Greenwich Meridian and time zones
  • North America (USA) study - How does the human and physical geography of America help them to be a SUPERNATION? Compare climate zones, distances, infrastructure, transport and jobs with the UK.
  • Rivers – Define and their use
  • Greece study link with History - Compare similarities and differences between the UK and Greece.
  • Central and Southern America (Mexico and Brazil) study focusing on areas where the Mayan civilisation lived. Compare location, economy and exports with the UK.
Year 6
  • Shoreham/ Brighton study - Field work to observe, measure and record the human and physical features of Shoreham and Brighton. Tourism study during trip to Brighton. Changes over time (link to Victorian era). How have trains impacted leisure time?
  • Map skills – Map of Shoreham and Brighton. Compare maps from 1515, 1782, 1850 and present day. Local settlement – land use map of port and rivers. Label key features including continents, seas/oceans, hemispheres, lines of latitude. Prime/Greenwich Meridian time zones.
  • Biomes - Identify different biomes on a map of the world and explain what the different types of biome are. Research a chosen biome.
  • Water World study - Define rivers, lakes, oceans, seas, reservoirs, bays, straits, gulfs, glaciers and fjords. The water cycle. How do we use water? Ways to save water.