Content – Year 1

At the end of Year 1 most children should

• be aware of the Earth’s place in Space and that it can be represented by a globe
• understand that places (real or imaginary) can be represented by maps of different scales
• be able to locate key places on a world map (including the UK, its countries and capital cities, Polar regions, the Equator and some easily recognisable land masses such as Africa, Australia and the Americas as well as oceans)
• be able to follow a route represented on a simple (linear) map
• be able to create a simple map of a real or imaginary place (eg a simple linear map)
• observe and be able to talk about a variety of places, noticing key features (such as a bridge over a river, traffic in a busy town, the seaside, weather patterns)
• begin to develop their geographical vocabulary (eg hill, river, ocean, island, mountain, valley, coast, compass, direction, above, below)
• begin to explore what it might be like to live in different places
• begin to develop their awareness of the local area immediately round the school
• explore the outdoor environment at school, studying the landscape, flora and fauna
• use a variety of sources to find out about places (first hand experiences, fieldwork, photos, books, the internet, maps)
• communicate geographical information in a variety of ways, including through maps, collecting and presenting data and writing