IN EYFS, children will be introduced to geography through exploring the world around them. Children learn best when they have first hand experience, are absorbed, interested and active. The EYFS framework is structured very differently to the national curriculum as it is organised in to seven areas of learning rather than subject areas. Most relevant statements for Geography come from the EYFS mathematics and understanding the world areas of learning.
Early Years Pupils will:
- Develop an understanding of the world and take notice of everything around them.
- Talk about the environment around them and taking part in walks within the local area.
- Develop their understanding of the wider world by learning about different countries.
- Make simple maps and images of geographical features.
- Draw information from simple maps.
- Recognise some similarities and differences between life in this country and life in other countries.
- Explore the natural world around them.
- Recognise some environments are different to one in which they live.
- Describe their immediate environment using knowledge from observations, discussions, stories, nonfiction texts and maps.
- Know some similarities and differences between different religious and cultural communities in this country, drawing on their experiences and what has been shared in class.
- Understand some important processes and changes in the natural world around them including seasons.
- Explore the natural world around them, making observations and drawing pictures of animals and plants.
- Talk about the lives of people around them and their roles in society.
The focus of geographical discussions will be personalised to the cohort of children.