Geography in the EYFS
At St Pius X Geography coverage and progression begin the the EYFS. The main objectives our pupils will cover can be found below.
Understanding the World
In the EYFS children learn about Geography through the 'Understanding the World' element of the curriculum. The Statutory Framework for the EYFS (2017) states, 'Understanding the world involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.'
Our primary learning objectives for Geography in the EYFS can be found below.
Through their learning children will begin to:
- Explore their outdoor area, school grounds and local environment.
- Identify some of the physical and human features they observe during these visits
- Notice and describe some of these features using appropriate geographical vocabulary and simple map work.
- Recognise and describe some of the features of the United Kingdom and other countries which are different from the environment in which they live.
- Describe some similarities and differences between their home and the homes of children living in other countries.
- Recognise some similarities in the way that children live in other parts of the world.
- Understand that children’s lives in other countries may be different to their own.
- Build a rich bank of vocabulary to describe a range of environments.
- Establish an awareness that environments change.
- Understand the purpose of a map.
What have we been up to?
Where does Miss Milligan live? Ireland
Reception learned all about where Miss Milligan is from!
They began by identifying what an address is and discussed the school’s address and most of the children knew what street they lived on too! We spoke about different ways we could travel to Northern Ireland - by plane or ferry!
Everyone was able to point to Cumbria on the map and move their finger across the water to Northern Ireland. Some were able to point straight to Northern Ireland before being asked. We
How Tun Woods
Recently, we have been learning about our local area so we went on a walk to How Tun Woods. Our walk encouraged lots of conversations about Barrow, Ormsgill and the beautiful environment we have right on our door step. One of our class even made us a beautiful stone to hide which had our school logo on!
As part of our homes and habitats topic Nursery took a walk to Ormsgill Reservoir. Some of the children in the class had never been there before and wondered how we would get there. We looked at where school was on a map and marked how far away the reservoir was. We talked about how we might get there and decided that it was close enough to walk. We explored grassland on the way there and were really excited to see the swans and ducks that swam along beside us. One of the children noticed a shopping trolley in the water. This lead to a talk about litter and how we can help look after our world. When the children were back at school they decided they wanted to made a duck pond in our outdoor area. They had great fun doing this.