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History and Geography

History

Intent: We provide an exciting and engaging History curriculum which enables children to develop their love for learning and curiosity. Our children will develop skills such as questioning, investigating and weighing of evidence which enables them to communicate and understand how and why significant changes have occurred to both individuals and events throughout the world.  

Implementation: We ensure that children have the opportunity to learn using a variety of historical sources. These include artefacts, themed experience days, books and materials which are accessible through the use of technology to enhance and bring the history curriculum to life. Children will also develop their independent research skills through enquiry-based learning. Teachers teach aspects of the history curriculum throughout a half termly topic where cross curricular opportunities intertwine. Key knowledge and vocabulary will be revisited and consolidated by teachers. We ensure that children have the opportunity to convey what they already know as well as what they would like to find out and investigate. Children and teachers can also review and evaluate each individual session by the schools traffic light self-assessment.

Impact: Children will feel confident to explain key knowledge they have found out throughout a topic with further knowledge being evidenced in literacy and topic books. Children will continue to inspire and to seek curiosity about Britain’s past and that of the wider world.

 

Geography

Intent We aim to provide a high quality Geography curriculum which inspires the children's curiosity and fascination about the world we live in and the people within it. 

Implementation Geography is taught through half termly or termly topics and cross curricular outcomes are specifically planned for. Children are given the opportunity to convey what they already know, which therefore allows relevant starting points for all children. Our teaching equips children with knowledge about places and people; resources in the environment and physical and human processes. We also want the children to develop geographical skills: using maps, globes, aerial photographs and computer programmes to name and identify countries, capital cities, continents and oceans. We ensure that the key skills children learn and develop are mapped to ensure progression between year groups. Children and teachers can also review and evaluate each individual session by the schools traffic light self-assessment. For children to understand the skills they are being taught and then how these are applied in different scenarios, ‘real life’ experiences are used. For example, using the local area and school grounds for map skills.

Impact Outcomes in topic and literacy books will evidence the key knowledge children have found out throughout a topic. As the children progress through the school, they develop a deeper knowledge and understanding, and  an appreciation of their local area and its place within the wider geographical context. . Children will also be equipped with geographical skills and knowledge that they will be able to draw upon as they continue the curriculum in the Junior school.