Maggie Mackie

Dorking Road, Chilworth. Surrey, GU4 8NP

01483 562 476

Chilworth Church of England

Infant School & Nursery

Curriculum in focus- Geography

Geography explains the past, illuminates the present and prepares us for the future. The study of Geography is one which should inspire pupils with a curiosity and respect for the diverse range of people, countries and traditions that make up the world. Additionally it is hoped that the study of Geography will provide the children with an understanding of the environmental issues of the world and ways in which we can preserve the world for generations to come.

Chilworth Infant School – skills progression in Geography 

Year 1 Year 2

Geographical language

  • Geographical language to describe feature or location (see year 1 appendix)
  • Geographical language to describe feature or location (see year 2 appendix)

Geography enquiry








Teacher led enquires ·

  • To ask and respond to simple closed questions (e.g. what is it live to live in this place?
  • Express views about a place, people or environment
  • Observe and record ( e.g. identify buildings on a street using a memory map)
  • Communicate in different ways (pictures, pictograms, simple maps , sketches, labelled diagrams)
  • Investigate own surroundings
  • Make observations about where things are (e.g. within school/local area)

Enquires (support of the teacher) 

  • To ask simple geographical questions – where is this place, what is it like? How has it changed? 
  • Express views about a place, people, environment, location. Give reasons to support own likes, dislikes, preferences. 
  • Recognise how place have become the way they are
  • Observe and record in different ways
  • Communicate in different ways
  • Make observations about why things happen
  • Make simple comparisons between features of different places.
  • Follow directions (up, down , left, right , forward, backwards)
  • Follow directions as year one and NSEW
Drawing maps
  • Draw pictures maps of imaginary places and from stories.
  • Draw a map of a real or imaginary place (e.g. add details to a sketch map from an aerial photograph)
  • Use own symbols on imaginary map
  • Begin to understand the need for a key · Use class agreed symbols to make a simple key
  • Draw around objects to make a plan
  • Look down on objects to make a plan view map

Map knowledge

  • Name and locate the four countries and capital cities of the UK
  • Identify seasonal and daily weather patterns in the UK
  • Name and locate the world’s seven continents and the five oceans
  • Identify location of hot and cold areas of the world in relations to the equator and the North and South Pole.
Place knowledge
  • Know human and physical features of the school and local area, and a small area of the UK
  • Compare similarities and differences between a small area in the UK and a small area in contrasting non-European country
Style of map
  • Picture maps and globes
  • Maps of the local area
  • Use globes and maps plans at a range of scales
  • Use infant atlas