Knowledge of the World


Through our Knowledge of the World curriculum, we intend our students to gain a wider understanding of the world, to break down barriers for them to communicate with others about the community and the wider world. have meaningful conversations, understand how and why they are here and how to recognise the impact of our lives today. Making links between their own lives and the lives of others (both historically and geographically). 


“We are not makers of history. We are made by history.”  

-Martin Luther King, Jr. 

“The study of geography is about more than just memorizing places on a map. It’s about understanding the complexity of our world, appreciating the diversity of cultures that exists across continents. And in the end, it’s about using all that knowledge to help bridge divides and bring people together.” 

– Barack Obama 


  • Community: Enabling students to understand their locality, their position within their community and beyond through historical and geographical skills
  • Kindness: Students gaining an understanding different interpretations of the world and different communities, and giving students the opportunity to reflect on other peoples’ experiences and build empathy towards others.
  • Learning for life – learning through fieldwork to support the wider community and enriching opportunities through supporting reading as a skill for life
  • Inclusion: building up their confidence in their valid place within society
  • Innovation: Students are given opportunities to be able to question and enquire and find the answers for themselves in their world. 


Pupils will understand and appreciate that curiosity and critical thinking are essential tools for historians and geographers. 

Our historians will develop their knowledge of chronology, local, national and international events and historical periods. By understanding the past and evaluating it, our pupils will become knowledgeable future citizens and reflect on the relevance of history to the world around them. 

We offer a wide range of experiences outside of the classroom environment designed to develop pupils’ learning and their cultural understanding of the world around them. 

We make the most of our local history, for example, by visiting Museums, historical buildings and local nursing homes so that children have the opportunity to meet people from older generations. 

Our pupils will gain geographical knowledge and skills through our curriculum topics. They will learn to raise and answer questions about the Natural and Human worlds.  

They will be able to think about the impact human activity has on the natural world and our curriculum will spark curiosity about various places and people.  

West Lea pupils will be concerned about the future of the world and become aware of the connections that exist between people, places and their lives. 

They will: 

  • participate in fieldwork activities which promotes geographical knowledge and understanding by bridging the divide between the classroom and the real world 
  • have opportunities to work in a supportive and collaborative learning space which fosters investigative and enquiry-based learning. 

We maximise children’s geographical learning through providing them with a range of rich, memorable experiences. These include: field trips to local parks, reservoirs, canals and museums; links with local businesses and people, e.g. visits to our local businesses, visitors and workshops in-school.

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