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Humanities

History and Geography are taught across the school using a creative, cross-curricular approach.  We offer children learning opportunities through topics which develop key skills progressively.

History

Children in Key Stage 1 are taught the following:

  • Changes within living memory - understanding chronology, similarities and differences between past and present
  • Events beyond living memory that are significant nationally or globally - the Great Fire of London, the Crimean war, asking questions to find out about the past, placing events on a timeline.
  • The lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements.  Comparing life in different periods - Mary Seacole, Florence Nightingale, Samuel Pepys, recognise reasons for peoples past actions.
  • Significant historical events, people and places in own locality - Remembrance day

Children in Key Stage 2 are taught the following:

  • Changes in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age - late Neolithic hunter-gatherers and early farmers, Stone Henge, Iron age forts, art and culture.
  • The Roman Empire and its impact on Britain - Julius Ceasar, the Roman Empire and its army, Roman artefacts, understanding the concept of change over time.
  • Britain's settlement by Anglo-Saxons and Scots - Early settlers, Viking and Anglo-Saxon struggle for the Kingdom of England, invasions, laws and justice, using dates and terms accurately to describe events.
  • Local History Study - changes that have happened in the locality of the school throughout history, links to World War 2 and Romans.
  • A study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupil's chronological knowledge beyond 1066 - Leisure and entertainment in the twentieth century.
  • The achievements of the earliest civilizations - Ancient Egypt, building an overview of world history.
  • Ancient Greece - a study of Greek life and achievements and their influence on the western world - describing the main changes in a period of history, chronology of events.
  • A non-European society that provides contrasts with British history - the Mayan civilization.

We approach history through investigation and enquiry which stimulates interest and encourages pupils understanding and empathy.

HISTORY CURRICULUM OVERVIEW - CLICK TO SEE THIS DOCUMENT

Geography

Children are taught to develop their knowledge of the following key skills;

  • Locational knowledge - naming continents, oceans, countries of the world, characteristics of the countries in the UK, capital cities, physical and human characteristics, land-use patterns, latitude and longitude, Equator, Hemisphere's, time zones.
  • Place Knowledge -  geographical similarities and differences through studying the human and physical geography of an area in the UK and contrasting this other world locations.
  • Human and Physical Geography - daily and seasonal weather patterns, using basic geographical vocabulary to refer to key physical and human features, describe and understand key aspects of physical geography (climate zones, rivers, mountains, volcanoes, earthquakes, water cycle,) human geography (settlements, land use, trade links, natural resources distribution).
  • Geographical Skills and Fieldwork - using world maps and atlases, compass directions, using aerial photographs and plan perspectives, use simple fieldwork and observational skills to study geography of the school and surrounding area, digital/computer mapping, grid references, using sketch maps, plans and graphs to record observations.

Geography helps children to gain a greater understanding of the world and the people who live in it. It also enables children to understand their place in the world from a local, national and global perspective.

GEOGRAPHY CURRICULUM OVERVIEW - CLICK TO SEE THIS DOCUMENT