As part of our Early Years ethos, we strive to inspire children’s curiosity and fascination about the World around them and the different people, places and cultures. We aim to develop and deepen their geographical knowledge and understanding and equip them with the necessary skills to help them thrive in their geographical learning. There are many opportunities for carrying out geography related activities in all areas of learning in the EYFS, especially through the specific area Understanding the World. Children will begin to gain a wider experience of the world around them by learning through first-hand experiences to explore, observe, predict, think critically, make decisions and talk about the people, creatures, plants and objects in their natural environments and the local area. They will learn about familiar features such as houses, farms and shops through their everyday experiences and will encounter distant places through staff following their interests, carefully planned themes and stories. The children will be encouraged to observe and discuss the weather regularly during EYFS, becoming familiar with the different weather types. Staff will ask children open-ended questions, to help them to think and make connections between ideas and encourage them to record their ideas through mark-making and discussions.