Studying Geography is a fascinating journey aimed at developing life-long curiosity about our world and its people. Pupils at Queen Emma learn about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments as well as the powerful physical and human processes that shape and change our planet. Children develop important geographical skills such as collecting, analysing and presenting information they have gathered during fieldwork, learning how to interpret geographical information from maps, satellite photos, globes and diagrams, and communicating their findings and ideas in a variety of ways.

Through their geographical knowledge and skills, children understand how their actions can impact on local and global environments. They are encouraged to think about solutions to urgent and relevant questions that affect their lives now and in the future, and how they can take responsibility for the stewardship of our planet.

Yearly Overview 

Below is a table of Geography topics for each year group by term:


Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Year 1

Space – use simple fieldwork and observational skills

Castles – locate and identify characteristics of countries & capital cities of the UK;

Explorers – locate world’s 7 continents and oceans. Identify seasonal & daily weather patterns.

Under the Sea – use geographical vocabulary e.g. beach, ocean, sea.

Year 2

Fairy Tales – exploring maps; design a Fairy Tale map.

The High Street - visit local high street to look at amenities and how the high street has changed over time.

Around the World – Africa, compare and contrast to local area. Compiling a Geography dictionary.

Year 3

BIPS – country studies of Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka

France – a comparison of a European country with the UK.


Year 4

Explorers – locating places, including human & physical features using maps and globes.

The Middle East

Environmental Changes – an emphasis on sustainability.

 Year 5

Ancient Britain
Mapwork - producing Sketch map
Space Academy

Climbing Mountains Mountains and Rivers Water Cylce
Mini Enterprise

Recycle, Reuse, Reduce - Bakery

Arriving in Africa
Human and Physical Geography of Africa
Ancient Egypt

Information for Parents

Please click on the link to view our Geography Policy on our Policies page.

Photos of Learning

Nursery children visit the local area to post a letter.

Reception did an investigation about ice and what happened when we left it in different places for 1 day.

The reception children did an investigation with plastic bags in buckets of water to find out about animal fat. We put our hands into plastic bags inbetween other bags of vegetable oil to see if it made our hands warmer, just like animals’ body fat does.


Reception Children have made an Autumnal tree. The children all drew or made something to go on or around the tree and labelled them. We also made animals out of play dough after learning about different Autumnal animals.

Reception children have been learning all about Nocturnal animals and where they like to live. Each child was given a Nocturnal woodland animal and they had to think about a suitable home for their animal in the natural environment.

Bejna said "Toads like it wet like these leaves".
Edward said "My hedgehog is hiding from all the foxes in here".




Year 1 have enjoyed orienteering in the playground – following instructions and using N, S, E and W, linked to using positional language in Maths.

Year 1 have been brushing up on their map skills to identify continents and oceans.

Year 3 children took part in a BIPS creative morning.


In Year 3 we have been looking at where India is on a world map and locating nearby countries. Our map skills are improving!

Year 4 have been learning about explorers around the world. The children used atlas' to identify continents and oceans. Followed by challenging themselves to find out what countries are in each continent. The topic is encouraging the children to think about how explorers have changed their views about the world around us throughout the years. For example, many years ago it was believed that the world was flat and that it was possible to drop off the end! 

Our focus this term is on "Explorers" and we have been using this idea to examine geographical elements. We have thought about the continents and oceans and have named and located them all on a map. We learnt about lines of longitude and latitude and how they work to create regions of the world; longitude based on temperate climates such as tropical and arctic, and latitude helping to identify tome zones. Through our work with globes and atlases, we are able to expand on these ideas, by researching and finding out even more!

Year 4 are travelling back to 900AD to the ‘Golden Age of Islam’ for their topic. To aid our learning we used atlases to see which countries converted to Islam at the height of the Empire and identify Islamic countries now in the Middle East, Africa and Europe. We ended our lesson by travelling to the Middle East on google maps and seeing what countries like Saudi Arabia, Syria and Iran are like now.


Year 5 have been learning about how different types of mountain are formed.

Year 6 have started our topic on South America by using the atlases to locate the different countries within the continent and their capital cities. We also looked for key features such as rivers, rainforest and mountains. When we added things to the map we made sure that we drew a neat key alongside it.

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