History allows children to explore the past in Britain and the wider world. The key areas developed through the teaching of history are: chronological understanding, knowledge and understanding of events, people and changes in the past, historical interpretation and enquiry and being able to organise and communicate their findings. At both key stages children study local history which is often supported by visits in the local vicinity. Visits are also made locations further away to support first hand learning experiences across all aspects of history.
Geography provokes and answers questions about the natural and human worlds. It develops knowledge of places and environments throughout the world, an understanding of maps, and a range of investigative and problem solving skills both inside and outside the classroom. Geography is taught through a series of themes such as settlement, environmental issues, localities and water. Visits are made to the area surrounding school, and further afield, to support work in geography.
History and Geography form the basis of the foundation curriculum topic work. Termly topics either have either a history or geography focus and address the demands of the 2014 curriculum. Links within each topic are made to art/DT and music and, where relevant, make links to the science and mathematics curriculums. Opportunities for writing have been planned in and have seen a marked improvement in cross curricular writing opportunities across the school. Each topic also has a key class text which support the children’s learning in both English and History/Geography.
Extra-curricular enhancements have been streamlined with a greater emphasis on visitors into school and “bought in” workshops. School trips take place where relevant to the topic (or another aspect of learning such as a place of worship in RE).
Work is now being undertaken to look at access and destinations, along with supporting high aspirations for the children. We are also currently developing the raising of children’s aspirations through direct experience, including links to local businesses, universities and places of further education.