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History

 

Aims

The aim of the history curriculum is to gain a coherent knowledge of Britain’s past through a chronological study from the earliest times to the present day.  It should inspire a curiosity to know more about the past and equip pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. Through studying different periods in both British and foreign history as laid down by the National Curriculum pupils learn to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time.  They are encouraged to compare and contrast differing periods in history and to explore the impact that changes have on people’s lives.

 

Teaching & Learning

History forms the basis of the cross curricular approach to teaching as part of our two-year rolling programme.  A variety of resources are used and, as children move up they school, they are encouraged to conduct independent research to extend their knowledge.  Wherever appropriate, off site visits are conducted to deepen their understanding and visitors are welcomed to the school to talk to the children.

 

Geography

 

Aims

The geographical topics laid down in the National Curriculum form the basis of our cross curricular approach to teaching. The aim of the curriculum is to:

  • stimulate pupils' enthusiasm for, and curiosity about, their surroundings and the wider world
  • increase their knowledge and understanding of the different communities and cultures within the local area, Britain and the world, and to explore how these relate to each other
  • encourage pupils to ask questions about the world and to evaluate how the activities of man have an impact on both the human and physical environment.

 

Teaching & Learning

The teaching of Geography forms part of our two-year rolling programme. In addition to developing a depth of understanding of the world, pupils are taught skills in mapping, ICT, data handing using a variety of source material.  Fieldwork is a key component of geography and, wherever possible, children are taken off site to further their understanding of the subject.  This includes a residential trip which is based in a contrasting area and includes geographical work as part of a cross curricular study.

 

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