Sierra Leone

Learn a little about the African country, Sierra Leone, enjoy our fun facts, and print flags, maps and a range of useful printables and worksheets.

Freetown, Sierra Leone
Freetown, Sierra Leone

Fun Facts about Sierra Leone

  • The Republic of Sierra Leone in west African Atlantic coast shares a border with Guinea and Liberia.
  • Sierra Leone means "lion mountains". It was given its name by Portuguese explorer Pedro de Sintra.
  • The slave trade started in 1560 near to where Freetown was built in 1762, as a refuge for slaves.
  • The modern capital of Freetown is now a vibrant capital city of over 1 million people located on one of the world's largest natural harbours.
  • During the civil war, from 1991 to 2002, a third of the 6 million population were sadly displaced.
  • The coast is one of west Africa's wettest places with 195 inches of average rainfall per year.
  • The world's third largest rough diamond, the Star of Sierra Leone, was found in 1972.
  • Diamonds account for nearly half of all exports although many leave the country illegally and are known as 'blood diamonds'.
  • Tiwai Island Wildlife Sanctuary is one of Africa's best places to see primates, including chimpanzees.
  • Batik cloth is popular in Sierra Leone, particularly cloth using indigo dye to create vibrant blue designs.

Sierra Leone on map of Africa
You can print this map here


The Sierra Leone Flag

Flag of Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone's flag, in use since 1961, has a green, white and blue stripe. The green stripe stands for agriculture, mountains and natural resources. The blue stands for the hope that Sierra Leone and its capital city, Freetown (a natural harbour) will make a contribution to peace in the world. The white stands for unity and justice.


Maps, Flags and Worksheets

A Day In Sierra Leone Diary

A Day In Sierra Leone Diary

This fun worksheet asks the kids to imagine they are living in Sierra Leone, and to write a short diary entry describing a typical day there.

Culture In Sierra Leone

Culture In Sierra Leone

Ask the children to do some research into the different aspects of culture in Sierra Leone and then record what they find out on this guiding worksheet.

Food From Sierra Leone Worksheet

Food From Sierra Leone Worksheet

What would you eat if you were feeling hungry and lived in Sierra Leone? This worksheet asks you to find out about the typical food eaten there...

Sierra Leone Compare And Contrast Venn Diagram

Sierra Leone Compare And Contrast Venn Diagram

A Venn diagram is a great tool for brainstorming and creating a comparison between two or more objects, events, or people - in this case, comparing your own life with life in Sierra Leone.

Sierra Leone Location Worksheet

Sierra Leone Location Worksheet

Choose from two versions of this worksheet - one with help for younger children, and one with a blank map of Africa for older kids. Find Sierra Leone and its capital city...

Sierra Leone on Map of Africa

Sierra Leone on Map of Africa

Print out this map of Africa showing the location of Sierra Leone for display, or for your project on the countries of Africa.

Sierra Leone Picture Gallery

Sierra Leone Picture Gallery

What will the kids choose to draw in the 5 spaces on this gallery for Sierra Leone? Ideas could include wildlife, famous landmarks or even the national flag...

Sierra Leone Postcard 1

Sierra Leone Postcard 1

Do some research into Sierra Leone, then write about it on this postcard for someone back home to read...

Sierra Leone Postcard 2

Sierra Leone Postcard 2

Practise writing skills with this Sierra Leone postcard, and draw a picture of Sierra Leone on the front of the postcard too! You could draw some scenery, wildlife or even the national flag?

Sierra Leone Poster 1

Sierra Leone Poster 1

This printable poster of Sierra Leone is perfect for displays, or for sparking a discussion about what life might be like there...

Sierra Leone Poster 2

Sierra Leone Poster 2

Green, white and blue are the colours of Sierra Leone's flag, and we've set them inside the outline shape of the country for a simple poster.

Sierra Leone Story Paper

Sierra Leone Story Paper

Perhaps the kids could write a story set in Sierra Leone with the man on the photograph as the central character? Choose from our lined version, or handwriting lines version below.

Sierra Leone Tourist Leaflet

Sierra Leone Tourist Leaflet

This foldable leaflet is just like the ones you find in travel agents and tourist information centres! Can the children write some interesting information about Sierra Leone inside it?

Sierra Leone Travel Brochure Worksheet

Sierra Leone Travel Brochure Worksheet

The kids will get to practise their descriptive and persuasive writing skills with this fun worksheet which asks them to write their own travel brochure content for Sierra Leone. 

Sierra Leone Worksheet

Sierra Leone Worksheet

Use this printable worksheet to help you remember what you have learned about the African country Sierra Leone.

Wildlife Of Sierra Leone Worksheet

Wildlife Of Sierra Leone Worksheet

There's a funny hippo at the top of this wildlife of sierra leone worksheet! Can you find out about the other wildlife that lives in this fascinating country?

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