At Worsthorne Primary School, we want our pupils to think and act like ‘Geographers’. We aim to encourage them to ask questions about their local area, the wider world and to think about how they can care for and respect our communities and the environment. Geography helps to provoke and answer questions about the natural and human world. Our aim is to foster within our children a greater understanding of the world, their place within it and the responsibilities they have. We aim to develop a lifelong curiosity and love for Geography by ensuring that we use real life examples within the local area to ensure Geography relates to their own lives and provides opportunities for first hand experiences. We aim to develop our children’s investigation and problem-solving skills in such a way that they are transferable to other curriculum areas and used to promote their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.

We hope to inspire in our children a curiosity and fascination about the world in which they live and its people, which will remain with them for the rest of their lives. Our hope is to promote our children’s interest and understanding about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. We aim to raise our children’s awareness of topical geographical issues, the importance of sustainability and human action upon our world. With this knowledge and skill set, we hope to help them discuss and make decisions about how they choose to live their lives.

Understanding of the World

People Culture and Communities ELG
Children at the expected level of development will:
– Describe their immediate environment using knowledge from observation, discussion, stories, non-fiction texts, and maps;
– Know some similarities and differences between different religious and cultural communities in this country, drawing on their experiences and what has been read in class;
– Explain some similarities and differences between life in this country and life in other countries, drawing on knowledge from stories, non-fiction texts and –when appropriate – maps.

Our Year 5 children had a visit from Jamie Edmondson. Jamie took a day’s holiday from his employment to prepare images and share his knowledge of hiking and mountaineering. Jamie’s images ranged from the small mountains in the UK, to the larger mountains of Europe – all these mountains he has climbed up. The children asked some thought provoking questions to further their experiences of our Autumn 1 topic.

Lots of the pictures show the children carrying the backpack that Jamie would take on his longer expeditions. They couldn’t believe how heavy it was until they realised how much equipment is needed to stay safe. Jess, whose previous reading book was about mountains, said, “That was really interesting and perfect because it went with my reading book from last week.”