Foundation Subjects

Geography 

Children learn about their local area and compare their life in this area with that in other regions in the United Kingdom and in the rest of the world. They learn how to draw and interpret maps and they develop the skills of research, investigation, analysis and problem-solving. Through their growing knowledge and understanding of human geography and their own experiences they gain an appreciation of life in other cultures. Geography is taught through the creative curriculum where children’s learning is linked across a common theme incorporating all other areas of learning.

 

  • The school uses the National Curriculum as a basis of its curriculum planning. Through our teaching of Geography we support children to;
  • Enable them to gain knowledge and understanding of places in the world.
  • Explore geography through the diversity of our school and draw upon the experiences and cultures, respecting the significance and variety of people’s beliefs, attitudes and values.
  • Increase children’s knowledge of other cultures and, in so doing, teach a respect and understanding of what it means to be a positive citizen in a multi-cultural country.
  • Acquire knowledge and understanding about physical and human processes, and the changes that are brought about.
  • Allow children to learn graphic skills, including how to use, draw and interpret maps.
  • Develop a variety of other skills, including those of enquiry, problem solving, ICT, team work, investigation and how to present their conclusions in the most appropriate way.
  • To link with other subjects through the creative curriculum.

 

Fieldwork is integral to good geography teaching and we include as many opportunities as we can to involve children in practical geographical research and enquiry in the local area.

In the Foundation Stage and at Key Stage 1 all the children carry out an investigation into the local environment and we give them opportunities to observe and record information around the school site and local area. Geography focuses on the investigation of the children’s immediate environment.  It provides the foundation for a developing awareness of the local area and country in which they live and the world beyond.

History

The aim of history teaching is to stimulate the children’s interest and understanding about the life of people who lived in the past. We teach children a sense of chronology, and through this they develop a sense of identity and a cultural understanding. We teach children to understand how events in the past have influenced our lives today; we also teach them to investigate these past events and, by so doing, to develop the skills of enquiry, interpretation and problem-solving. History is taught through the creative curriculum where children’s learning is linked across a common theme incorporating all other areas of learning.

  • The school uses the National Curriculum as a basis of its curriculum planning. Through our teaching of History we support children to;
  • Gain an understanding of the past and begin to use this knowledge to apply to the present day;
  • Develop in all children an understanding of time sequence and chronology;
  • Provide children with and encourage them to use appropriate vocabulary related to the passing of time.
  • Develop in our children an interest in history and the people who made it;
  • Help them understand the origins of their culture and that of other people and to develop respect for other points of view;
  • Develop an ability to use and interpret evidence from a range of sources in order to draw conclusions about the past;
  • To link with other subjects through the creative curriculum.

 

In the foundation stage the children will begin to recognise the concept of the past and present through topic related to their own interest and experience, for example, when I was a baby, toys in the past.  In KS1 pupils carry out historical enquiry both inside and outside the classroom.  They ask questions about people, places and events, and begin to develop a range of historical skills.

 

 

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