History & Geography

 

History and Geography will often be used as a vehicle for linked topic units. ICT is used by children throughout the school, both to enquire into the past and to communicate knowledge and understanding. Special theme days (e.g. Tudor Day, World War 2) are held in both Key Stages incorporating a range of enjoyable activities as well as a chance to dress up!

In Key Stage One children develop an awareness of the past by using a range of sources of information, e.g. stories, photographs, family history, visits. They begin to place events and objects in chronological order and identify differences between them. They study the lives of people and significant events in Britain and the wider world.

In Key Stage Two children develop their knowledge and historical understanding through the study of periods of British history and Ancient Civilisations in other parts of the world. They begin to make links between events and describe changes over time and between the societies studied. A variety of sources of information, including written materials, are used, compared and evaluated for bias and effectiveness. Independent study is encouraged through occasional homework, including longer term projects.

 Geography is studied through:

  • investigation of the Earth's surface (physical geography)

  • man's influence upon it (human geography)

  • the changes brought about by that influence (environmental geography)

These are the themes of geographical inquiry. Investigation is carried out through:

  • the development of relevant skills

  • the observation and exploration of places locally and further afield.

First-hand experience is gained wherever possible through practical activities and fieldwork. In Key Stage 1 children explore the themes in the immediate locality and extend these to a contrasting locality . In Key Stage 2 children learn to extend their knowledge so that they use their immediate locality to contrast with a locality further afield. In addition, an overseas locality is studied through a range of relevant and stimulating secondary sources.