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Geography is a valued part of the curriculum at Westbourne Primary School as it provides a means of exploring, appreciating and understanding the world in which we live and how it has evolved. Geography explores the relationship between the Earth and its people.


Geography stimulates curiosity and imagination and we aim to build upon the child's "personal geography" by developing geographical skills, understanding and knowledge through studying places and themes. We believe that children are uniquely equipped to undertake these studies as they have a freshness of vision and a strong natural desire to explore their surroundings.


The Aims at Westbourne are:


  • To make sense of their own surroundings through learning about their own locality, and the interaction between people and environment.
  • To develop the geographical skills and vocabulary necessary to carry out effective geographical enquiry.
  • To formulate appropriate questions, develop research skills and evaluate material to inform opinions.
  • To recognise and understand issues concerning the environment and sustainable development.


Here is an overview of the Geography topics:


Year 1

Around our school-the local area and Going to the seaside


Year 2

The local area, Mapwork and Where in the world is Barnaby Bear?


Year 3

Investigating our local area and Weather around the world


Year 4

Wilderness Explorers, How we can improve the area we can see from our window?, Mapwork skills, Rivers and Village Settlers


Year 5

Water and A village in India


Year 6

The mountain environment, A contrasting UK locality- Isle of Wight and Contrasting localities


Check back soon for some examples of children's work and photos of the children applying their skills and knowledge.