Horsforth Newlaithes

Primary School

Welcome to geography at Newlaithes. If you'd like more information about what geography looks like in our school, click on the link above. 

If you've come looking for fun ideas to explore with your family - read on! 
Geography learning can happen anywhere and at any time. Here are some ideas you can try at home or out and about.


Geography ideas

  • Remember these 4 words: Similarities, differences, patterns and change. Wherever you are and whatever you are doing, ask yourself, “what is different to my house/area/Leeds etc.? What is the same? What has changed? What keeps happening?


  • Make a sketch map. Find a photo, look out of the window or stop on a walk and quickly sketch what you see. (Remember this is geography, not art!). Label or colour code the man made and natural features. Use our 4 key words.
  • Make a map: you can map anything! Map your house, an obstacle course, a daily walk, a route you used to do such as your walk to school, your street, a UK map or world map, a treasure hunt. You can use paper and pens, toilet roll for roads and cereal boxes for houses, twigs and sticks and things you collect, lego – anything makes a map!
  • Emotions maps: show your special places on a map. You can use emojis, writing, photographs or anything. Think about places that make you feel different ways.
  • Memories maps: talk or draw about some strong memories you have and think about where those memories took place.
  • What3Words map. Use the website www.what3words.com to make a poem containing all of your favourite places.
  • Story maps. How many good books begin with a map? Beast Quest, The Hobbit, Girl of Ink and Stars, Winnie the Pooh… What books have you got with maps in? Where would you live on those maps? Create your own map as a way of beginning a story.


  • Lego. Lego can make a map, a town, world flags and more.
  • Junk model. A place you know or a place you’ve made up.
  • A den. Indoors or outdoors. With natural objects or sheets and pegs (ask first – I used to get into trouble for stealing all the pegs!).
  • Knots. Which knots are the best for survival? Denbuilding? Holding a weight?
  • Weather. Keep a log of the weather every hour, or every day. Make a list of all the different cloud types you can see. Watch a cloud – a small cumulus cloud (little fluffy cloud) is said to last for only 8 minutes – have you ever watched one for long enough to see if that is true?
  • Extreme weather. Tornadoes, blizzards, monsoons, typhoons, hurricanes… not just great words! Find out what they are and how they form. Learn about what it is like to live in those conditions. Design houses to stand up to extreme conditions.
  • Amazing Earth – volcanoes, earthquakes, glaciers, mountains, canyons, deserts, swamps, rainforests, islands, coasts. How are they formed? What is it like to live there? Design houses for those conditions.
  • Water: streams, rivers, lakes, ponds, canals, coastlines, harbours, estuaries, tides, ocean currents… (not to mention rain, hail, sleet or snow). If one of these interests you – find out more! Pour water down a slope – does it travel in a straight line? Why? How can this help you learn about canals or rivers or streams? What wildlife love the water? Why do humans build so many towns near the water? How do you stop a flood? What’s the best kind of boat design?
  • Places. Favourite places, holiday places, visited places, would-like-to-visit places, special places, secret places. Talk and draw, find photographs, find different ways of remembering or thinking about those places. Can you all get dressed appropriately for that place? Can you pack a suitcase?
  • Journeys: some journeys are real. Some are imaginary. Some need careful thought. Some you do every day. Ask, “how would you get from here to there?” “what if you only had a boat?” (for example). Think about preparing for the journey – clothes, food, time, money.
  • Cultures and people. All over the world, food is different, homes may be different, languages are different, clothes may be different, celebrations may be different. Can you dress up, or learn to say hello, or try some food from a different place or culture?
  • Colours. How many different greens can you collect on a walk? Can you collect a rainbow? If these colours were paint colours, what kind of silly name would they be called?
  • Photograph an alphabet. On your walk, can you find an example of every letter of the alphabet? A crack in a wall might look like a Z, or a branch might look like a K.
  • Food. Where does the food in your house come from? What has travelled the most distance? What food from other countries and cultures do you love? Can you plan a menu for an around the world feast?
  • Photographs. You might have old family photographs – where were they taken? Is it the same now as it was then? Landscape photographs – where is it? Is it still like this? What is man-made and natural?
  • Make a garden/habitat/ecosystem. When I was little, I used to fill the lid of a biscuit tin full of soil, and then add all sorts of things to make a garden: tin foil for a pond, flowers and grass, a shed made out of twigs. You can do this in a shoe box too. You don’t have to use soil, fabric can be good too. Any model animals or dinosaurs at home? Pop those in (if they’ll be happy in the habitat).