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Geography at Kingmoor Nursery and Infant School


Geography is the study of places and the relationship between people and their environments.


At Kingmoor Nursery and Infant School, Geography allows children to explore, appreciate and understand the world around them. Through enquiry based learning, children are inspired to become curious about the world and the people in it. By starting with their immediate environment, children are given first hand experiences to be able to question and investigate their own world before exploring their geographical skills through the wider world. Children will learn how their environment impacts their lives and the impact their lives have on the environment giving them the foundations to become responsible global citizens.


Geography Quality Mark

We are proud to hold the Gold Geography Quality Mark which celebrates the geography that happens throughout the school.


Geography in the School Grounds, Local Environment and The Wider World

Teaching Geography through the children’s immediate environment gives the children first hand experiences and by investigating these personal places, the children are encouraged to share their experiences, observations and knowledge, develop skills of investigation and ask and answer questions. This starts with the school itself! Children have the opportunity to look for human and physical features in their own environment and develop their mapping skills by drawing maps of the school and the grounds.  We are lucky to have Kingmoor Nature Reserve just a short walk away, the children are able to explore and develop their fieldwork skills in our local environment, with frequent trips to the woods from Reception to Year 2.

It is important to provide children with opportunities to investigate and make enquiries about their local area, helping them develop of real sense of who they are, their heritage and what makes our local area unique and special.

As the children develop a sense of their world, opportunities are extended giving children new experiences through school trips to places like Caerlaverock Wetland Centre and Silloth to visit the seaside.

As their learning continues and they start learning about the wider world, these experiences enable children to use concrete knowledge to make links when starting to learn about more abstract concepts.   


Geographical knowledge and skills are taught progressively building on skills in Nursery right through to the end of Year 2, deepening understanding and embedding knowledge.


Geography in the Early Years

the Early Years, Geography is taught through the Understanding the World (UTW) area of learning as part of the Early Years Foundation Stage. This is accessed daily by the children as part of the continuous provision and outdoors. Enhancements are added based on topics; such as growth, children’s interests and next steps. Children are naturally inquisitive and the Early Years allows the children the opportunity to explore, question and understand.


Geography in Key Stage 1

The curriculum is split into areas of learning to ensure progression and to provide opportunities to make use of skills and consolidate knowledge. These are;

Location Knowledge

Place Knowledge

Human and Physical Geography

Geographical Skills and Fieldwork