Geography

At Coleshill Heath, we teach our Geography through themed topics.

In Early Years, we learn about our local area around school. In Key Stage 1, we look at Chelmsley Wood and our local town, Solihull. We then learn about Birmingham and London. We will begin using maps to record routes and then locate human and physical features. In Key Stage 2, we then begin to look at the wider world including Greece, Mexico and Antarctica and develop our skills using maps, atlases and other sources of information.

Year 1

Where I Live

We begin our KS1 Geography learning by exploring and observing our local area. We use maps to find out what is in the area surrounding our school and where we live in Chelmsley Wood. In our map and fieldwork sessions, we study our school's outdoor area and look at playgrounds around the world to make comparisons. We design and make our dream playground using our knowledge of strong structures in D&T and human and physical geography. We will compare what it is like to live in a busy town to a quiet, rural village close to us.

Year 2

Bright Lights, Big City (Autumn)

We begin our Bright Light's Big City project by recapping our knowledge of Chelmsley Wood and Solihull from Year 1. We locate and name the four countries of the United Kingdom and their capital cities. Using this knowledge, we will then locate Birmingham on a map of the UK and explore famous landmarks around our closest city. We will build on our knowledge of what it is like to live in a city by comparing life in cities, towns and villages. We then expand our geographical knowledge by studying London in more depth through exploring The Gunpowder Plot. We will use this opportunity to explore key landmarks in London such as Buckingham Palace and the Houses of Parliament. We will then compare London and Birmingham.

 

Around the World (Summer)

In the Summer Term, we recap our learning about the UK from Bright Lights, Big City. We then begin to explore what a coastline is and its features, building our vocabulary. We conduct an in-depth study of Weston-Super-Mare, one of the closest beaches to us and the children will get the opportunity to put their learning into practice on a day trip to the beach to see if they can spot all of the features in real life. We look at the different continents across the world and focus on Australia's beaches, making comparisons to the beaches we have in the UK. We use a range of digital resources to support with our learning including Google Maps, Google Earth and Digimaps. 

 

Year 3 

Active Planet

During the project Active Planet, the children will recap their learning of the world's continents and oceans from previous projects and recap previous Science learning to have a further understanding of the Earth's layers. We will learn about tectonic plates and focus our learning on Italy, Europe. We study the earthquake and its after effects in Messini, 1908 and learn about the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in Pompeii. We understand that the movement of tectonic plates causes earthquakes and in some parts of the world the human geography (e.g. building design) has changed due to the physical geography of a particular area. 

 

Year 4

From the Depths to the Summit (Spring)

We will be deepening our knowledge of physical geography by learning about the location and formation of key mountain ranges and oceans around the world. We will use atlases and a range of electronic maps to extend our location knowledge of different locations around the world.

 

Year 5

Invaders and Traders (Autumn)

We will be deepening our knowledge of using atlases and maps to find the location of origin of the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings. We will also be researching their routes of travel and trade links in order to discuss the similarities and differences between the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings.

Hola Mexico (Summer)

We will extend our skills of using maps and atlases to find the location of Mexico. We will deepen our knowledge of human settlements and compare how this is different to the Anglo-Saxon and Viking era. We will also look at the differences in climate, compared to the United Kingdom.

 

Year 6

Frozen Kingdom (Autumn)

We will use map work to identify the position and significance of longitude and latitude in relation to the Arctic and Antarctic. We will explore how tourism and global warming has affected the Artic and Antarctica. We will be skyping with Craig Mattison, an Arctic explorer where will we learn about the reality of exploring in Arctic conditions. 

 

Year 1

Where I Live. (Autumn)

We will begin our learning by exploring and observing our local area. We will use maps to find out what is in the area surrounding our school. We will look closely at playgrounds around the world and our local playground. Then we will design and make our dream playground using our knowledge of strong structures in D&T. We will compare what it is like to live in a busy town to a quiet village close to us.

Geography in Year 1

Year 2

Bright Lights, Big City (Autumn)

We will begin by locating and naming the 4 countries of the United Kingdom. Using this knowledge we will then locate Birmingham on a map of the UK and explore famous landmarks around our home city. We will build on our knowledge of what it is like to live in a city by comparing life in cities, towns and villages. Expanding our Geographical knowledge we will find and locate London using maps and compare it with another city in the UK.

Around the World (Summer)

Geography in Year 2

Year 3

Active Planet (Summer)

Geography in Year 3

Year 4

From the Depths to the Summit (Spring)

We will be deepening our knowledge of the physical features of geography, by learning about the location and formation of different mountains and oceans around the world. We will carefully use atlases and maps to extend our skills, as well as take part in discussions and create a presentation about what we have researched.

Geography in Year 4

Year 5

Invaders and Traders (Autumn)

We will be deepening our knowledge of using atlases and maps to find the location of origin of the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings. We will also be researching their routes of travel and trade links in order to discuss the similarities and differences between the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings.

Holo Mexico (Summer)

We will extend our skills of using maps and atlases to find the location of Mexico. We will deepen our knowledge of human settlements and compare how this is different to the Anglo-Saxon and Viking era. We will also look at the differences in climate, compared to the United Kingdom.

Geography in Year 5

Year 6

Frozen Kingdom (Autumn)

We will use map work to identify the position and significance of longitude and latitude in relation to the Arctic and Antarctic. We will explore how tourism and global warming has affected the Artic and Antarctica. We will be skyping with Craig Mattision, an Arctic explorer where will we learn about the reality of exploring in Artic conditions. 

Geography in Year 6