“I enjoyed the activity because it was fun looking at the map and trying to find where we were. It was good for learning because we learnt to use a map so we wouldn’t be stuck or lost. It was quite tricky looking at the map and photo but we did it. “ 

These words were the verdict of a Year 4 child after a geographical field trip and are typical of the fun to be had during practical activities.  The world is an exciting place and children love to discover different aspects of it.  Geography at Mayfield focuses on the school grounds and our local area, while contrasting other more distant places.  We look at topical issues, such as the building of Orchard Park and the Guided Bus, so that the subject is always interesting.

Pupils, parents, grandparents and members of staff bring the subject to life by talking about the cultures in their home country or their experiences travelling in different countries.  We always have plenty of eager parent helpers to assist with supervision on our visits, which often include familiarisation with different routes into the city.

Children love researching using non-fiction books and websites.  They use sensors to explore temperatures within the microclimate of the school and its grounds and enjoy using beebots to give and follow directions.  Even story books are a valuable resource as they often include vivid descriptions of real and imaginary places.

The beauty of geography is the amazing possibilities for cross-curricular links with many subjects, including science, history, numeracy, literacy, religious education, art and design and technology.  An important part of the subject is the study of sustainability and the effect of man on his environment and how adverse effects can be reduced.

The subject is extremely well-resourced but its most important advantage is the enthusiasm of the adults and the children at Mayfield. Year 4 and 5 classes learn about people all over the world by using the postcrossing website to exchange postcards.

The progress of each child is assessed termly, using a range of methods, including oral, graphical, typed and written.

At Mayfield, Geography is largely taught through topic work and links are made with other areas of the curriculum where possible.  Children are given the opportunity to explore the natural world and the way humans live in it, affect it and change it.

Emphasis is placed upon the development of geographical skills, such as: the use of geographical vocabulary; the study of maps of different types and scales, photos, graphs, diagrams and plans; investigation and observation in practical fieldwork within the school grounds and the local area.  Children learn where geographical features are located and how to find them on maps; how and why these features are formed and change over time; how to sustainably care for the environment and how and why it is affected by both natural and human forces.  Children are encouraged to ask and to answer questions, to compare and contrast places, to consider primary and secondary sources of evidence and to explain geographical patterns and processes.

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Y1 Shipmates:

Oceans and continents/fieldwork


Local geography

Once upon a time:

Weather patterns


Oceans and continents, mapping

We are scientists:

Physical and human features

Here we go!

Towns, cities, rivers of the UK

Y2 Toys:

No geography

The story of stories:

No geography

Frozen planet:

Oceans and continents, mapping. Comparing environments

Plants, local geography:

Local environment/field work

Can a picture really tell 1000 words?

Attack or defend? Norman Conquest 1066:


Y3 Mayfield and beyond:

Aspects of human geography, mapping, fieldwork

Home or away?

Mapping, fieldwork

Mummies unwrapped:

Locating countries and continents

There’s something in the water!

Aspects of physical geography

From stone to iron:

Aspects of human geography

A place to live

No geography

Y4 Was Rome built in a day?

Aspects of physical and human geography

Was Rome built in a day?

Aspects of physical and human geography


Aspects of physical geography

Education for all:

Aspects of physical and human geography, mapping

The house of wisdom:

Locating countries and continents

Glorious games:

Locating countries and continents

Y5 Dragon slayer:

No geography

World War One:

No geography

Who lives in a place like this?

Mapping, fieldwork, aspects of physical and human geography

Going to America:

Place knowledge – America

My picture:

No geography

Tudor explorers

Field work, mapping, aspects of physical and human geography

Y6 Eureka! Watching and reading myths:

Place knowledge – Europe

Eureka! Watching and reading myths:

Place knowledge – Europe

Invaders! Vikings:

Mapping, human geography, UK geography


No geography

Welcome to the jungle!

Place knowledge – South America

The Mayans:

Physical and human geography, oceans and continents