We link humanities through our whole school topics and this cross-curricular approach allows children to gain a comprehensive knowledge of Geography and History. They are able to put these subjects into context and deepen their understanding of the world they live in.
Throughout Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 pupils are involved in investigating a variety of people, places and environments both locally, and further afield in the United Kingdom and also abroad. Geographical enquiry is undertaken inside and outside the classrooms and pupils are taught key skills such as; observing and recording, asking geographical questions, analysing evidence and drawing conclusions.
Pupils learn about vocabulary specific to the subject, the use of globes, maps and plans at a range of scales, fieldwork techniques and instruments, and the use of a range of sources of information including aerial photographs, Google Earth and atlases.
We include topical geographical issues which relate to how people affect the environment and how they are affected by it. Environmental change and sustainable development are areas of geographical study which are especially important for the future of all our pupils.
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In History, pupils learn about the lives and lifestyles of people in the past, including those of significant men, women and children as well as events from the recent and more distant past in our own area and further afield in Britain and across the wider world.
Chronological understanding is central to an understanding of history and our expectation is that as pupils move into Key Stage 2 they will be able to place events, people and changes into correct periods of time as well as using dates and vocabulary appropriately and with accuracy. Acquiring appropriate knowledge and understanding about the periods and the people of the time, while also seeing similarities to modern life, enables pupils to learn not only how the past is different from the present but how and why historical developments have shaped the world and their lives.
The children always enjoy our History topics and study significant events such as the story of St Edmund in Key Stage 1 and specific time periods such as the Stone Age, The Roman Empire and the Anglo Saxons in Key Stage 2. In Year 6, the children are able to apply their skills in historical studies when they learn about the British Monarchy. Our fantastic school trips provide an excellent opportunity for the children to really immerse themselves in their learning of history.
Here is some of the wonderful learning we have done in Geography and History!