Often, geography’s not considered to be as important as English and maths but if you’re a parent who wants your child to get a balanced and rounded education ( and I’m sure you are!) then helping them to develop their geography knowledge and skills at home, is just as important.
Here are my top 5 tips for helping your child with year 1 & 2 geography:
Tip 1: Use your local area – Encourage your child’s curiosity about the people and places in your local area. Point out buildings and their different uses. Help them to develop their vocabulary to describe what they sees.
Tip 2: Learn about places –Make sure you have a world map, atlas or globe in your home. Point out locations that feature in news reports and where family and friends come from, or go on holiday. Use Google Earth to zoom-in to where you live. Talk about where foods come from, and the oceans that need to be crossed.
Tip 3: Make and use maps – Encourage your child to make their own 3-D maps out of play dough, to draw treasure maps and to follow a map when you are driving from one place to another.
Tip 4: Watch the weather forecast – Talk about each type of weather and what effect it has on our lives. Talk about how where we live, the weather and the season, can affect the clothes we wear.
Tip 5: Care for the world – Help your child understand the importance of looking after our planet from an early age. Talk about recycling rubbish, pollution and endangered species and how humans are affecting planet Earth.
Want to know more about what teachers expect from your child in year 1 & 2 geography?
Have you forgotten the names of the world’s oceans and continents, or the difference between Great Britain and the United Kingdom?
Then you need our FREE year 1 & 2 geography ‘Know your stuff’ one-pager. Stick it on the fridge or the wall and stay ahead of the game! This crib sheet contains information about the world’s continents and oceans, and about the geography of the UK.
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