At Lime Tree School, we believe that Geography provides children awareness of the world around them. From EYFS to Year 6, children will gain Physical Geography knowledge, such as countries, continents, climates & biomes. Through Geography, children will learn about a variety of ecological issues, such as climate change, population, fair trade and travel. Children will make progress at mastering mapping skills; using compass points and grid references. During stand-alone lessons, children will all the while be applying skills taught in core curriculum subjects, linking Geography to all areas of the curriculum. Year groups find numerous cross curricular opportunities, to embed Geography in more ways than one. We feel it is important for children to have a grasp of the culture they are surrounded by in Britain and the world around them. Their knowledge of famous explorers and innovative mathematicians will grow and deepen, giving children the opportunity to connect with the lives of those before them.

Along with the knowledge and skills, pupils will become self-managing, reflective resilient, collaborative learners, who are able to be successful in the wider community.

During the school year, all year groups have the opportunity to conduct fieldwork around Surbiton. They will develop knowledge of the local area by looking at different maps and further understanding environmental issues in the local area. This is an exciting time for all students, who engage positively within the school and the wider community.

Online Resources

Click here to see some of the many excellent resources online that you can access from home to support and enrich your child's learning.


All year groups will make direct cross-curricular links with other subjects and literature including core class texts, where possible.

The year will be split into Location, Physical and Human and Fieldwork

Pupils will be taught about:

Year 1 Milestones

  • The United Kingdom – 4 countries of the UK and surrounding seas

  • Using globes and maps, locate Hot/Cold Countries in relation to the equator – North Pole & South Pole

  • Human features, such as city, town and village

  • Weather patterns of the locations: hot and cold places in the world, seasons and weather symbols.

  • Exploring the school & its grounds

Year 2 Milestones

  • Capitals of the UK

  • Use globes to locate 7 Continents and 5 Oceans

  • Human features of the localities including factories, shops, houses, farms

  • Physical features of the 2 localities, mountains, rivers, forests.

  • Local play areas

Year 3 Milestones

  • Use maps and atlases to locate countries in Europe, including Russia compass points

  • 8 compass points

  • UK - Geographical regions and features

  • The Volcanic region of Italy – physical (volcanoes) and human (change over time)

  • Local field work – environmental issues and improvements in the local area

Year 4 Milestones

  • Northern and Southern Hemisphere

  • Climate Zones & Biomes

  • Global warming

  • History: The change in human and physical features over time (Anglo Saxons)

  • Monsoons & Tsunamis

  • Local Fieldwork - Jobs in and beyond school

  • 4 figure grid references

Year 5 Milestones

  • Lines of Longitude and latitude

  • Africa & the UK rural and urban settlements & land use

  • The Water Cycle & Rivers – The Amazon

  • Fair Trade

  • Looking at the past in the local area

Year 6 Milestones

  • Locating countries and cities in the world

  • 6 figure grid references, key maps & symbols – North America

  • Key topographical features and change over time

  • Human change and settlements during WWI

  • Earthquakes

  • Local Area Fieldwork – study of environmental issue