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Greystoke Primary School

Icold Road Penrith, Cumbria CA11 0TP



Exceptional Explorers

In our topic work this term we have been finding out about 'Explorers' from around the world. So far, we have researched and found out about Christopher Columbus. We are going to compare him to the modern day explorer Neil Armstrong

As part of our 'Explorers' topic we have enjoyed learning about the seven continents. We have learned this song to help us remember each one.

We are also learning to name the five oceans of the world. 

Exceptional Explorers - How this topic fits into the curriculum


Locational knowledge

Pupils should be taught to:

  • name and locate the world’s 7 continents and 5 ocean

Human and physical geography

Pupils should be taught to:

  • identify seasonal and daily weather patterns in the United Kingdom and the location of hot and cold areas of the world in relation to the Equator and the North and South Poles
  • use basic geographical vocabulary to refer to:
    • key physical features, including: beach, cliff, coast, forest, hill, mountain, sea, ocean, river, soil, valley, vegetation, season and weather
    • key human features, including: city, town, village, factory, farm, house, office, port, harbour and shop

Geographical skills and fieldwork

Pupils should be taught to:

  • use world maps, atlases and globes to identify the United Kingdom and its countries, as well as the countries, continents and oceans studied at this key stage
  • use simple compass directions (north, south, east and west) and locational and directional language [for example, near and far, left and right], to describe the location of features and routes on a map


Pupils should be taught about:

  • the lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements, some should be used to compare aspects of life in different periods [for example, Christopher Columbus and Neil Armstrong]