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SJS Geography Overview




Year 3

Ancient Egypt

Children explore the locations of countries around the Mediterranean (with focus on Egypt) using a variety of scaled maps and atlas. Children investigate the climate zones, vegetation, environment and time zones of Morden and historical Egypt.

Location, Location, Location

Children continue to develop their map skills, looking at continents and countries around the world but with a focus on the UK and southern England. Children explore physical and human features of UK, climate, changes to the landscape over time and their uses. Children explore the similarities and differences between village, town and city settings and compare their local area to an American location.

Invaders and settlers

Children continue to explore maps skills through locating countries (such as Italy). Children compare geographical similarities and differences between the UK region and European region, thinking about natural resources and identifying main settlements. 

Year 4

Planet Earth

Children continue to develop their map skills, locating countries (including Russia) using digital maps and atlases. Children continue exploring the physical geography of the world and its processes, with focus on tectonic plates – earthquakes, volcanoes.


During the topic children explore and develop map skills, extending understanding and knowledge beyond the UK. They name and locate countries and cities around the world, identifying physical and human features. With focus on India the children explore land use and compare and contrast locations in India and UK. Using the locality of Indian children explore climate, vegetation, types of settlements, trade and natural resources.

Vikings and Anglo Saxons

During this historical topic children explore settlements, immigration, physical and topographical features, expanding knowledge and understanding beyond the UK (continue to develop map skills to locate origin countries and routes travelled), trade links.

Year 5


During the topic children explore the physical features of a river, river processes, develop map skills. They develop their field work through observations, recording data and sketching. Children learn about the water cycle and the importance of water. Children develop their understanding of topographical features such hills, mountains, coasts and how land changes over time. They explore different localities with focus on the major rivers (North and South America). Children continue to explore the interactions between human and physical geography including trade, economic activity and natural resources.

Ancient Greeks

Through historical context children continue to explore map skills, key topographical features (human and physical), extend knowledge and understanding beyond the UK. They explore types of settlements, climate, natural resources, and how land use changes over time.


Again through a historical context, children continue to develop their understanding of how land use changes over time, explore trade in the context of history (Tudor explorers), and continue to develop map skills. Children learn how water and natural resources in a historical context influences types of settlements and how they have changed.

Year 6


Children continue to work with map on different scales. They further develop geographical vocabulary use and understanding. Field work is carried out focusing on; environmental regions, land use and how humans can have a negative effect on the environment, local land use and how it has changed over time. They compare; British forests and forests around the world, climate zones, vegetation types, economic activity and trade links and natural resources.

Britain Since 1930

Children explore changes to areas/country over time, economics, trade, population changes and its effects on the country. They apply map skills and make comparisons of changes over time.

The Mayans

Children continue to develop their map skills and carry out virtual tours of localities using ICT. They explore climate, latitude, longitude, location of equator, history of economy, trade and vegetation.

Geography Curriculum

What is Geography?



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