Year 2

In Geography we learnt about different habitats and where they can be found on a map. We challenged our Year 2 children to work out what country their favorite animal lives in and put them on the map.

The Rockstars have been doing their challenge using a book called ‘Maps’ but Miss Masson decided it was too small because so many children wanted to do it. She went and found a big book from our Geography area so they could all join in!

Our children are taught locational knowledge such as naming the seven continents and five oceans. We study the Windward Isles as part of our learning enhancement on Bananas and fair trade and look carefully at the climate and the geographical features that make them a prime area for banana production. We compare weather and seasons in the Uk with other Countries and how this affects the production of food and the ways in which people live.

On our trip to the Botanic gardens we learn to follow a map and carry out field work investigations by working in a team.

In geography we also look at the United Kingdom and its Capital Cities including London, through our learning enhancement. Children become familiar with using atlases, globes and world maps to locate Countries and specific geographical areas. We study London as a Capital City and the key human features and landmarks it contains. We also spend time comparing London now to London in the past, using aerial photographs, maps and Google Earth. We also compare London to Leicester by identifying similarities and differences.

We study our local history and the children compare their local park and area across a variety of time periods using aerial maps and during a historical walk around the local area.

The weather is an area of study throughout our learning enhancements as we reflect on how the weather affects the landscape, the climate and the lives of the people in different countries and compare to Leicester. Whilst teaching this, we also look closely at physical features within the world and how they are changing through climate change. Children will compare habitats where plants and animals grow and will be taught and expected to use a growing range of geographical vocabulary.

Skills wise, children are taught how to read maps, follow maps, draw maps and observe and record observations using chart, diagrams and pictures. Children will also become familiar with using a compass, use positional language and interpret symbols on maps.