Geography Curriculum

Years 1 and 2

Cycle 1 (September 2016)

Autumn

We are learning about where food is farmed and in particular:

  • The physical features of farms;
  • The human features of farms;
  • The characteristics of the four countries of the UK.

Spring

We are learning about our local area and in particular:

  • To locate Northolt on a map;
  • To make a field work and observational study about Northolt;
  • To identify human features of the local area (including the fire station, Tube station, housing and shops)
  • To know how buildings are used and how people can benefit from places on their local area;
  • To know how people can travel in this area and the places it is linked to.

Summer

We are learning about travelling and exploring and in particular:

  • To locate the seven continents and five oceans on maps and globes;
  • To know and understand seasonal weather patterns.
  • To know and locate hot and cold places, the Equator and the North and South poles;
  • To know what it is like to travel the globe today;
  • To know about how people explore today and the achievements they make.

Cycle 2 (September 2017)

Autumn

We are learning about forests and jungles and in particular:

  • The physical features;
  • Ariel photos;
  • A small area of the UK contrasting with a non-European country rain forest;
  • Name and locate these forest, rain forests and jungles on maps and globes;
  • Know and understand about the weather of these places.

Spring

We are learning about London and in particular:

  • To be able to locate London on a map of the UK;
  • To be able to name, locate and identify four countries and capital cities of UK and surrounding seas;
  • To know and spot the human features of London, including city, house, office, and shop
  • To know and spot the physical features of London, including The River Thames;
  • To know and recognise key buildings of London and their uses.

Summer

We are learning about locating where people lived and worked and in particular:

  • To name and locate countries and cities using world maps, atlases and globes.

Years 3 and 4

Cycle 1 (September 2016)

Autumn

We are learning about types of settlements and land use and in particular:

  • To locate the world's countries, using maps to focus on Europe (Roman, Viking, Scots and Anglo-Saxon settlements) key physical and human characteristics, countries, and major cities;
  • To describe and understand key aspects of physical geography, including: climate zones, and vegetation belts and rivers and how these aspects help people to choose where to settle;
  • To describe and understand key aspects of human geography, including: types of settlement and land use, economic activity including trade links, and the distribution of natural resources including energy, food, minerals and water.

Spring

We are learning about our local area and in particular:

  • To recognise land use patterns;
  • To understand geographical similarities and differences through the study of human and physical geography of a region of the United Kingdom;
  • To learn about human geography, including: types of settlement and land use, economic activity including trade links, and the distribution of natural resources including energy, food, minerals and water;
  • To use maps, atlases, globes and digital/computer mapping to locate countries and describe features studied;
  • To use the eight points of a compass, four and six-figure grid references, symbols and key (including the use of Ordnance Survey maps) to build their knowledge of the United Kingdom and the wider world.

Summer

We are learning about human geography and physical features and in particular:

  • To describe and understand key aspects of:
  • physical geography, including: climate zones, biomes and vegetation belts, rivers, mountains, volcanoes and earthquakes, and the water cycle;
  • human geography, including: types of settlement and land use, economic activity including trade links, and the distribution of natural resources including energy, food, minerals and water.

Cycle 2 (September 2017)

Autumn

We are learning about the world and in particular:

  • Locating the world's countries;
  • Human geography, including: economic activity including trade links, and the distribution of natural resources, including food;
  • A small area of the UK contrasting with a non-European country rain forest;
  • Using maps, atlases, globes and digital/computer mapping to locate countries.

Spring

We are learning about the countries involved in World War 2 and in particular:

  • To locate the world's countries and major cities ;
  • To describe and understand key aspects of trade links, especially those made difficult due to the war;
  • To describe and understand key aspects of the distribution of food and how different it is now compared to the war times;
  • To use maps, atlases, globes and digital/computer mapping to locate countries and describe features studied.

Summer

We are learning about where different animals can be found and in particular:

  • To locate the world's countries, using maps to focus on Europe (including the location of Russia) and North and South America, concentrating on their environmental regions, key physical and human characteristics, countries, and major cities;
  • To use maps, atlases, globes and digital/computer mapping to locate countries and describe features studied;
  • To describe and understand key aspects of physical geography, including: climate zones, biomes and vegetation belts.

Years 5 and 6

Cycle 1 (September 2016)

Autumn

We are learning about Greece and Egypt and in particular:

  • To describe and understand key aspects of mountains and volcanoes;
  • To understand geographical similarities and differences through the study of human and physical geography of a region of the United Kingdom, a region in a European country (Greece).

Spring

We are learning about the 1960s and the space race and in particular:

  • To locate the world's countries, using maps to focus on Europe (including the location of Russia) and North and South America, with reference to the locations of the key events that shaped the 1960s;
  • To use maps, atlases, globes and digital/computer mapping to locate countries with reference to the locations of the key events that shaped the 1960s;
  • To identify the position and significance of latitude, longitude, Equator, Northern Hemisphere, Southern Hemisphere, the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn, Arctic and Antarctic Circle, the Prime/Greenwich Meridian and time zones (including day and night).

Summer

We are learning about South America and in particular:

  • To locate the world's countries, using maps to focus on Europe (including the location of Russia) and North and South America, concentrating on their environmental regions, key physical and human characteristics, countries, and major cities;
  • To describe and understand key aspects of physical geography, including: climate zones, biomes and vegetation belts, rivers, mountains, volcanoes and earthquakes, and the water cycle;
  • To human geography, including: types of settlement and land use, economic activity including trade links, and the distribution of natural resources including energy, food, minerals and water;
  • To use maps, atlases, globes and digital/computer mapping to locate countries and describe features studied;
  • To use the eight points of a compass, four and six-figure grid references, symbols and key (including the use of Ordnance Survey maps) to build their knowledge of the United Kingdom and the wider world.

Cycle 2 (September 2017)

Autumn

We are learning about and describing places:

  • To use maps, atlases, globes and digital/computer mapping to locate countries and describe features studied in relevant locations for the study of evolving life.

Spring

We are learning about water in the World and in particular:

  • To name and locate counties and cities of the United Kingdom, geographical regions and their identifying human and physical characteristics, key topographical features (including hills, mountains, coasts and rivers), and land-use patterns; and understand how some of these aspects have changed over time;
  • To describe and understand key aspects of physical geography, including: climate zones, biomes and vegetation belts, rivers, mountains, volcanoes and earthquakes, and the water cycle;
  • To use the eight points of a compass, four and six-figure grid references, symbols and key (including the use of Ordnance Survey maps) to build their knowledge of the United Kingdom and the wider world.

Summer

We are learning about the geography of The Caribbean and in particular:

  • To locate the Caribbean, using maps, concentrating on the environmental regions, key physical and human characteristics, countries, and major cities;
  • To identify the position and significance of latitude, longitude, Equator, Northern Hemisphere, Southern Hemisphere, the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn, Arctic and Antarctic Circle, the Prime/Greenwich Meridian and time zones (including day and night). To know where the Caribbean is in relation to these places;
  • To study physical geography, including: to describe and understand key aspects of climate zones and volcanoes;
  • To study human geography, including: types of settlement and land use, economic activity including trade links, and the distribution of natural resources including energy, food, minerals and water in The Caribbean.
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