Geography is not taught as a specialized subject in grades 1-3 but is included as part of the children’s study of the natural world and the environment around them. In grade 4 the children begin with the geography of the local surroundings and also study the First Nations culture in the area and how they used the land. In grade 5, the children study the physical, cultural and political geography of North America with a focus on the United States. They also touch on the geography of some of the Ancient Civilizations they learn about in history class such as Greece and Egypt. In grades 6-8 geography studies branch out beyond the United States and North America. South America is studied in grade 6, Africa in grade 7 and world geography in grade 8.