History & Geography
For an overview of coverage and knowledge prompt cards please see section below statements.
History is delivered so that children are able to appreciate each era in a chronological context, where learners will gain knowledge and understanding of British, local and world history. The teaching of history in our school is intended to equip pupils to ask questions about the past, analyse evidence, think critically, appreciate different perspectives and develop informed judgements. Children are encouraged to develop an appreciation and understanding of the past, evaluating a range of primary and secondary sources. History is taught as a process of enquiry, a process that demands the questioning and debating of evidence. As such, we aim to advance oracy, historical literacy and thinking skills. Children are given opportunities such as: problem-solving and defending conclusions reached, group discussion to test meaning and refine ideas and simulation and role play.The acquisition of knowledge is underpinned by historical enquiry skills that are progressive through year groups. Alongside the development of the appropriate use of historical terms, critical questions will enable them to consider the society in which they live.
Our History curriculum covers the skills outlined in the National Curriculum through broad, challenging and inspiring themes. Across the key stage, children will study ten Historical themes which are delivered in blocks with a high focus on the smooth transition between lessons to enable children to build on their previous learning with opportunity to reflect and embed information. Our fortnightly ‘Foundation Fridays’, along with an additional 2 hours each fortnight, enable content to be delivered within a meaningful context and wherever possible cross curricular links are exploited, particularly links with D.T and Art, British values, our values based learning and SMSC. However, teachers make it explicit to the children that they are learning history skills and encourage them to think like ‘historians.’ All learning will start by revisiting prior knowledge. This will be scaffolded to support children to recall previous learning and make connections. Staff will model explicitly the subject-specific vocabulary, knowledge and skills relevant to the learning to allow them to integrate new knowledge into larger concepts. Learning will be supported through the use of Knowledge Prompt Cards that provide children with scaffolding that supports them to retain new facts and challenging vocabulary in their long term memory. Knowledge organisers are used for pre-teaching, to support home learning and also as a part of daily review. History assessment is ongoing throughout the relevant themes to inform teachers with their planning lesson activities and differentiation. At the end of each theme an historical skills assessment is completed by the teacher.
Learners are given a wide variety of experiences both in the classroom and out. We encourage school visits and visitors into school to enable the children to gain first hand experiences to support their learning. One element in the development of the pupils’ communication skills is for pupils to apply their writing skills within an extended written piece linked directly to their history theme.
- Children will make use of appropriate historical terms and be able to use a wide range of vocabulary when discussing themes taught
- Work in books is of a good quality for their age and ability
- Monitoring opportunities in school demonstrate pupils can apply the key skills of chronological understanding, Historical enquiry and interpretation
- Retention of key knowledge will be demonstrated through a themed quiz
- Pupil interviews demonstrate that children have a sound grasp of key knowledge delivered
- As historians, children will learn lessons from history to influence the decisions they make in their lives in the future
Our Geography curriculum aims to provoke and answer questions about the natural and human worlds, encouraging children to develop a greater understanding of the world and their place in it. We intend to equip children with geographical skills to develop their knowledge through studying places, people and natural and human environments. Fieldwork opportunities allow children to understand the reality of geography in their local area, develop subject knowledge and gain a range of skills that are difficult to develop in the classroom alone. Alongside this, our Geography curriculum seeks to understand how different views, values and perspectives influence and affect places and environments. It helps explain why places are changing and how they are interconnected. Through our teaching, we intend to stimulate thought and to encourage children to discover answers to their own questions through discussion, exploration and research. Geographical skills are taught progressively over the key stage in order to reinforce the ability to acquire locational and place knowledge. Geography draws on its vast range of vocabulary to identify and name places, the features within them and the human and physical processes at work there. Children are expected to use the correct terminology and this is reinforced across the wider curriculum where appropriate. We seek to inspire in our pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people which will remain with them for the rest of their lives.
Our Geography curriculum covers the skills outlined in the National Curriculum through broad, challenging and inspiring themes. Across the key stage, children will study ten Geography themes which are delivered in blocks with a high focus on the smooth transition between lessons to enable children to build on their previous learning with opportunity to reflect and embed information. Our fortnightly ‘Foundation Fridays’, along with an additional 2 hours each fortnight, enable content to be delivered within a meaningful context and wherever possible cross curricular links are exploited, particularly links with D.T and Art, British values, our values based learning and SMSC. However, teachers make it explicit to the children that they are learning geographic skills. Pupils are provided with a Knowledge Prompt card to support each theme which promotes the use of appropriate, challenging vocabulary.
Learners are given a wide variety of experiences both in the classroom and out. We encourage school visits and visitors into school to enable the children to gain first hand experiences to support their learning. Fieldwork sessions are utilised to actively engage the children so that they become more aware of their local environment as they progress through their geographical education.
- Children will make use of appropriate geographical vocabulary and can present findings both graphically and in writing
- Work in books is of a good quality for their age and ability
- Children will work collaboratively to solve problems and explain the processes that they have taken/observed within a real life context
- Pupil interviews demonstrate that children have retained knowledge that is pertinent to geography delivered
- Monitoring opportunities in school demonstrate pupils can apply their geographical knowledge, understanding and skills to enrich their locational and place knowledge.
- Retention of key knowledge will be demonstrated through quizzes and recap sessions within lessons
- Children will begin to understand their wider world and the implications that we as citizens have on it
Mrs. K. Judd
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History & Geography overview for 2020-21
History in purple and Geography in green.