The World Around Us

This Area of Learning comprises the subjects of geography, history and science and technology.

Science and Technology: Progression Guidance Science and Technology: Progression Guidance

Use this guidance to gain greater confidence in whole school planning which ensures progress in children's learning.

Progression Grids

The following documents illustrate the statutory requirements as suggested learning intentions. They can be used to help plan learning, teaching and assessment in this area.

Strand 1Strand 2Strand 3Strand 4


Science Through Stories Science Through Stories

See how stories have the potential to motivate and engage learners through scientific enquiry. Resources for all Key Stages.

The Vikings

The Vikings ICL provides a range of active learning experiences to assist teachers in making connections both within and beyond the Area of Learning The World Around Us. Included are a number of STEM enquiries to connect science and technology to a topic traditionally viewed as a history-only topic. To use a blended approach we have developed bespoke resources to bring games based learning to the theme through the use of Minecraft.

More Ideas for Connected Learning can be found from our Ideas for Connected Learning page.

Woven in Ulster: Ulster-Scots and the Story of Linen

This Key Stage 2 resource explores the role of the Ulster-Scots community in the linen industry from cottages to factories and finally to its demise in the twentieth century. The resource links to the Northern Ireland Curriculum and provides both a wide range of cross-curricular lessons and the resources required to teach each lesson.

Primary Irish Aspects of Shared Cultural Heritage Primary Irish Aspects of Shared Cultural Heritage

Teaching ideas, downloadable resources and interactive games to support teachers in delivering basic Irish lessons and activities in Shared Cultural Hertiage.

Ulster-Scots for Primary Schools: Shared Language, Culture and Heritage Ulster-Scots for Primary Schools: Shared Language, Culture and Heritage

These resources help to build capacity within primary schools so that they can teach elements of Ulster-Scots and shared cultural heritage using existing staff and resources.

Earth Science Earth Science

This resource provides information and ideas to bring Earth Science to the classroom in practical and relevant ways for pupils in Key Stage 2. The learning activities within the materials support the development of the Thinking Skills and Personal Capabilities as well as opportunities to develop the cross-curricular skills of Communication, Using Mathematics and Using ICT.

Primary Upd8

Primary UPD8 makes science relevant using the power of topicality. Every day interesting science pops out of the news. The following activities create the bridge to the curriculum, with punchy activities with maximum engagement. Instead of just teaching about for example food chains, why not have pupils investigating through news headlines of ‘Do you Want to Live Forever’?

STEM Thematic Units

These Thematic Units focus on Science, Technology, Engineering (including ICT), and Mathematics (STEM). The units also support the statutory requirements for the Areas of Learning of the Northern Ireland Curriculum at Key Stage 2, in particular The World Around Us and Mathematics and Numeracy.

Anything's Possible!

This resource (sent to schools in 2005) was developed for all Primary Schools across Northern Ireland and aims to plant the seeds of an enterprising culture. Using a relevant and stimulating context the Storysack provides guidance for teachers to consider ways of adopting the enterprise approach.

Anything's Possible - Irish Medium Is Féidir Gach Aon Rud!

Anything's Possible Audio Recording - Irish Medium 4.8 MB

Out of This World - Building Learning

Children are fascinated by the mystery of Outer Space. In Out of This World children design and create a 3D model of an environmentally friendly hotel in a bid to encourage space tourism.

Out of This World - Building Learning Booklet Out of This World - Building Learning Unit 7 Photographs

Thinking Skills and Personal Capabilities Progression Framework

The following documents illustrate how the Thinking Skills and Personal Capabilities (TSPC) can be infused through the three contributory elements of this area. They can help you plan the learning, teaching and assessment of this area. They can also support the reporting of progress in the development of TSPC.

History, Progression Framework

Geography, Progression Framework

Useful Links

Global Learning Programme - This website provides schools with resources, case studies and information on local training that will support them to educate for a fair and sustainable world through all areas of the curriculum.

Aim, Aspire and Achieve - A thematic unit which helps schools celebrate the Olympic and Paralympic Games (but can be adapted to celebrate other international sporting events).

Eat, Taste and Grow - A resource on food and local produce, developed in a collaboration between safefood and The Public Health Agency.

The Eco-Schools website offers ideas and resources for learning activities on 10 environmental topics, linked to many curriculum subjects.


Implementation of The World Around Us Report
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Eat, Taste and Grow, Resource booklet
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