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Early Years

In the Early Years, geography is taught as part of the topic work covered during the year. At St Matthew’s we aim to develop a child’s understanding of the world through activities and stories of places in the local area and around the world.

Key Stage 1

In Key Stage 1, children start to use a variety of resources (including digital technologies, maps and photographs) to investigate their local area and areas around the world. By the end of Key Stage 1 they will have begun to compare their local area to areas around the wider world. They will start to ask geographical questions about people, places and environments.

Key Stage 2

In Key Stage 2, children build upon the skills and resources they used in Key Stage 1 to further investigate their local area, Britain and the wider world. They will be able to use a variety of skills and resources to question and compare and contrast the areas studied. Children will use ICT and map skills to carry out geographical enquiries to enable them to study how an area has developed and compare with places studied over their geography teaching across the school. By the end of Key Stage 2, children will question and respond to the impact that populations have had on areas studied.