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At Riverside, Geography is taught through a cross-curricular topic based approach. In Early Years and Year 1, the children explore the school surroundings through Forest School. They study their local environment in Rainham and the world around them, through observations and asking questions.


During Key Stage 1 children learn about and investigate their immediate locality, the United Kingdom and develop knowledge about the wider world. They begin to use geographical vocabulary and skills including first hand observations. Woodpeckers class will be looking at coast lines and lighthouses in relation to their topic about Grace Darling. Children in Squirrels will be learning about London in relation to their Great Fire of London topic. They will also look at Australia and compare it to the UK.


In Key Stage 2 children will extend their knowledge and understanding beyond the local area to include the United Kingdom, Europe and other continents throughout the world. This will include the location and characteristics of a range of the world’s most significant human and physical features. They will develop their use of geographical knowledge, understanding and skills to enhance their locational and place knowledge.


Geography Curriculum Overview

There are many ways you can support your child's learning in geography. 

Some useful website links:








EYFS Development Matters:



Look at this website for Key stage 1 topics and video clips: 



Key stage 2: 


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