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Geography

At Queensway Infant Academy, we aim to develop our children's natural curiosity and fascination about the world we live in and its people through investigation and understanding of concepts, knowledge and skills.

In EYFS Children will:

  • Explore the natural world around them, making observations and drawing pictures of animals and plants;
  • Know some similarities and differences between the natural world around them and contrasting environments, drawing on their experiences and what has been read in class;
  • Understand some important processes and changes in the natural world around them, including the seasons and changing states of matter.

In Key Stage 1 Children will learn to:

  • name and locate the world’s seven continents and five oceans
  • name, locate and identify characteristics of the four countries and capital cities of the United Kingdom and its surrounding seas
  • understand geographical similarities and differences through studying the human and physical geography of a small area of the United Kingdom, and of a small area in a contrasting non-European country
  • identify seasonal and daily weather patterns in the United Kingdom and the location of hot and cold areas of the world in relation to the Equator and the North and South Poles
  • use basic geographical vocabulary to refer to:
  • key physical features, including: beach, cliff, coast, forest, hill, mountain, sea, ocean, river, soil, valley, vegetation, season and weather 
  • key human features, including: city, town, village, factory, farm, house, office, port, harbour and shop
  • use world maps, atlases and globes to identify the United Kingdom and its countries, as well as the countries, continents and oceans studied in key stage
  • use simple compass directions (North, South, East and West) and locational and directional language [for example, near and far; left and right], to describe the location of features and routes on a map
  • use aerial photographs and plan perspectives to recognise landmarks and basic human and physical features; devise a simple map; and use and construct basic symbols in a key.

Year 1 Geography Knowledge Organiser for Spring 1: 

History

At Queensway Infant Academy, we encourage children to enjoy and love learning about history by gaining knowledge and skills to reflect on evidence and question what has happened historically to help our everyday lives.

In EYFS Children will:

  • Talk about the lives of the people around them and their roles in society;
  • Know some similarities and differences between things in the past and now, drawing on their experiences and what has been read in class;
  • Understand the past through settings, characters and events encountered in books read in class and storytelling;

In key stage 1 Children will learn about:

  • changes within living memory. Where appropriate, these should be used to reveal aspects of change in national life events beyond living memory that are significant nationally or globally [for example, the Great Fire of London, the first aeroplane flight or events commemorated through festivals or anniversaries]
  • the lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements. Some should be used to compare aspects of life in different periods [for example, Elizabeth I and Queen Victoria, Christopher Columbus and Neil Armstrong, William Caxton and Tim Berners-Lee, Pieter Bruegel the Elder and LS Lowry, Rosa Parks and Emily Davison, Mary Seacole and/or Florence Nightingale and Edith Cavell]
  • significant historical events, people and places in their own locality.

Each topic, we will send home a knowledge organiser to read through and discuss with their parents or carers.  A Knowledge Organiser is an exciting new tool displaying an array of information, vocabulary, facts, diagrams, maps and pictures which children need to know about the forthcoming topic in their class.  We would like the children to learn as much of the information as they can in preparation for deeper learning about the topic during the next term.