Geography in the Woods

Forests are great places for studying maps and the physical and human processes that shape our environment, as well as providing opportunities for carrying out fieldwork for geography at all levels.

Years: 1, 2

Duration: 120mins

Curriculum Objectives: 6

Subject: Geography

Resource Overview

Give your students the opportunity to develop their geography skills in the field with this useful guide full of practical and thought provoking ideas.


Thank you to the Forestry Commission for allowing us to share this resource.

Resource Assets


Lesson Plan

Designed to encourage the children to develop their geographical and fieldwork skills

Curriculum Objectives

  • Understand geographical similarities and differences through studying the human and physical geography of a small area of the United Kingdom, and of a small area in a contrasting non-European country
  • Use aerial photographs and plan perspectives to recognise landmarks and basic human and physical features; devise a simple map; and use and construct basic symbols in a key
  • Use basic geographical vocabulary to refer to key human features, including: city, town, village, factory, farm, house, office, port, harbour and shop
  • Use basic geographical vocabulary to refer to key physical features, including: beach, cliff, coast, forest, hill, mountain, sea, ocean, river, soil, valley, vegetation, season and weather
  • Use simple compass directions (North, South, East and West) and locational and directional language [for example, near and far; left and right], to describe the location of features and routes on a map
  • Use simple fieldwork and observational skills to study the geography of their school and its grounds and the key human and physical features of its surrounding environment