Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) - Home Learning
Foundation Stage geography is where your child begins to gain a wider experience and understanding of the world around them. The years from birth to age five provide a first opportunity to see how your child interacts with their environment — and how the environment influences them. The early learning goals at EYFS aim to guide your child onto make sense of their physical world and their community by exploring, observing, and finding out about people, places, technology and the environment. Have a scroll below to find a range of activities to do with your child at home and also have a visit on BBC's 'Go Jotters' page to open their eyes to the outside world in a fun and engaging way.
Here are the kinds of activities children could be getting up to at home:
- Observe the life cycle of a plant at home and describe and draw the changes over time.
- Encourage children to look at the different road signs when outside during your daily exercise.
- Children practise pushing the button at the pedestrian crossing and watching for the green man (make sure they wash their hands after this).
- Encourage your child to talk about the different shapes of windows and sizes of buildings on a walk.
- Develop your child’s geographical vocabulary and awareness of the local environment by talking about topics, such as the weather, seasons, the features you pass on the way from A to B (buildings, the post-box and the zebra crossing).
- Talk about the journey a letter takes, the role of people who help to sort and deliver the mail – where does the postman get all the letters he delivers? After, maybe send a letter to a loved one.
- Expose your child to as wide a range of places and cultures as you can. Remember, you can do this through the resources around you (such as pictures, maps, television programmes, posters, visitors, stories, artwork, and music).
- Introduce your child to maps, an atlas or a globe. You can use these to tell stories about different places in the world, talk about hot and cold climates, or to point out countries where people you know come from.
- Find the geography in your home. Where in the world did your furniture, ornaments or kitchenware come from?
We all love playing games – by using and watching Go Jetters, children will have fun encountering the different places, landmarks and people, and they’ll be developing new geographical vocabulary and knowledge without even realising it.
The graphics of the game show the Earth spinning in space, with the shapes of land masses, oceans, rivers, deserts and mountains coming into view as the Go Jetters zoom in on each location – things like this help children to better imagine what our Earth looks like, and what kind of features it has.
Also, the Go Jetters always try to look after the planet, and this is a very positive message for young children.
What will children learn from Go Jetters?
Children will have a better understanding of what the Earth is like, and be able to name some places and features after just a few games! They’ll also pick up facts about the different landmarks they ‘travel’ to. The game also introduces different people and places around the world in positive ways, encouraging children to talk about and feel comfortable with the idea of ‘difference’ – this in turn helps them to develop tolerance, as well as to feel more confident about their own sense of who they are and where they ‘belong’.