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Winstanley Community Primary School

Everyone, Every Day


We follow the National Curriculum requirements for Geography.

At Winstanley Primary School we shape our geography curriculum to ensure it is fully inclusive to every child. Our aims are to fulfill the requirements of the National Curriculum for Geography; providing a broad, balanced and differentiated curriculum; ensuring the progressive development of geographical concepts, knowledge and skills; and for the children to develop a love for geography. 

Children enter school with a wide range of skills and knowledge about the wider world but have less knowledge of their own locality. The curriculum is planned to address this: 

In geography Year 1 learn about their immediate environment, which is extended at Year 2 to include the Leeds-Liverpool canal and the River Douglas.  Year 3 within their history topic look at the how the Industrial Revolution brought growth and prosperity to Wigan through the canal and railway structures taught in Year 2. The theme of prosperity through waterways and transport links continues in Year 3 when children study the River Po in Italy, the River Mersey in Year 4, the Hudson River in Year 5 and oceans and seas in Year 6. 

The theme of rivers and money (the value of) is woven throughout our geography curriculum.  Children's geographical vocabulary develops each year as they progress through the geography curriculum.  We feel it is important to enable all children to gain ‘real-life’ experiences.  For example, using the local area to follow maps in Key Stage 1; comparing the similarities and differences in environments and communities in Lower Key Stage 2; through to debating world issues on pollution in Upper Key Stage 2.

 Children have two hours of either geography or history teaching each week. This may be two separate lessons or blocked together. Teachers incorporate opportunities to assess prior learning and frequent pauses to recap on knowledge and vocabulary taught to date.  They plan to revisit topics already taught at a later point in the year – ensuring that children are knowing more, remembering more and understanding more. 


Geography is open to all children, of whatever age, gender, ethnic origin, ability and social background because it engages children in real questions, issues and problems, and is concerned with the real world and real people within it.Cultural diversity is explored and celebrated through studies of other countries and cultures. 

Nursery and reception pupils

 At Winstanley pupils are guided to make sense of the physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.  Staff members ask open-ended questions and challenge pupils to re-examine and extend their understanding of the world.   Pupils’ personal interests are used as a basis to develop and extend their skills and knowledge by relating learning intentions to pupils’ own life experiences. Parents are invited to update staff in school with their child’s current interests and fascinations each term.


Local environment walks

Low Bank Ground residential

Visit from Wigan Canal and Leisure Trust

Liverpool visit and ferry across the Mersey

Tatton Hall

London experience 


At the end of each topic, children are assessed against their understanding and knowledge of the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum.  Our aim being to ensure that children at Winstanley are equipped with geographical skills and knowledge that will enable them to be ready for the curriculum at Key Stage 3 and for life as an adult in the wider world 

How can I help my child at home? 

Know your local area – explore it with your children.

Talk to your child about people, places and environments have time to answer their questions. 

Point out the range of maps that we can use to help us unravel the mystery of places. Be map collectors – in places that you visit that give out free maps – shopping centres – country parks town centres – museums etc. Read and explore them with your children – that’s where we went. 

Let older children investigate route maps and help them to plan the route places that you visit. If you use public transport, talk about types of transport – where they might be going.  

Join the public library with your child – go regularly – choose exciting books about people and places – sometimes you can meet the author and listen to them tell stories. 

Go to the art gallery to really look at paintings of places, people and environments such as the work of Lowry and of Monet. 

Look at the food items that you are purchasing – note where they come from – look for the countries together in an atlas at home, or on Internet maps 

Go for a walk in a local wood or forest – at different times of the year – spring time or autumn (leaf kicking time). Seasonality is a very important pattern in their lives. 

Watch the weather forecast – even better listen to different radio channel forecasts. Did they get it right? Watch items on dramatic world weather events. 

Talk about topic issues highlighted by news programmes such as News Round.