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Geography KS1 – Medium term map skills plan

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Medium term plan and 12 x PDF worksheets

Key Stage



Years 1-2


In this engaging map skills geography unit, KS1 students will learn about the names and location of the continents and oceans of the world; develop global awareness by looking in detail at the position of the seven continents and five oceans; and learn to locate the poles and the equator, and their position relative to the continents and oceans.

They will also learn the four cardinal directions and have the opportunity to make their own compass. They’ll understand that the world is a sphere and create their own journeys across the world, and build on their map skills using atlases, world maps and globes.

By then end of this unit, students will be confident young geographers ready to explore the world in greater depth as they enter KS2.

Geography KS1 resources

This download contains 12 PDF worksheets for a six-week KS1 geography unit on map skills. These include

  • Continents and oceans of the world labelling activity
  • Continents rhyme time worksheet
  • Equator and poles treasure hunt worksheet
  • Journey lines game cards
  • Make your own compass template
  • Ocean jumble anagrams worksheet
  • County hide and seek worksheet

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Map skills KS1 resources
Geography KS1 – Medium term map skills plan

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