Teaching of History and Geography skills is done thorough our themed curriculum alongside Art.
Where possible, other areas of the curriculum will also be taught through theme, including Literacy, Numeracy Science and Art. Further information about the themes covered can be found on Class pages.
Children are interested in the world around them and what has happened in the past. The study of history makes a valuable contribution to their understanding of all aspects of life giving a sense of identity and heritage. We value history in its own right and for its cross-curricular links.
History teaching in the school aims to help pupils to:
- Develop an interest in the past, understand human achievements and learn about the major issues and events in local, British and world history;
- Develop a knowledge of chronology together with an understanding of the similarities and differences between historical periods and that change and progress are not necessarily the same;
- Understand that people’s actions are influenced by their attitudes by their attitudes and values and that these may change over time;
- Appreciate and explain the variety of causes of historical events;
- Understand the nature of evidence by emphasising history as a process of enquiry, by developing a range of historical skills and by reinforcing that historical explanation is provisional, debatable and open to different interpretation;
- Foster the values and attitudes associated with the respect for evidence, the toleration of a range of opinions and the appreciated of the value of cultural diversity;
- Develop their knowledge and understanding of other countries and cultures along with the history of the roles and relationships of men, women and children from different social and economic groups;
- Develop important cross-curricular intellectual and social skills, including the ability to observe, analyse and communicate
Geographical enquiry helps children to learn about their immediate surroundings, the broader world and how the environment can affect their lives and determine decision-making. The study of geography helps to develop a sense of identity and promotes responsible citizenship.
The aims of geography are:
- To enable children to gain knowledge and understanding of places in the world;
- To increase children’s knowledge of other cultures and, in so doing, teach respect and understanding of what it means to be a positive citizen in a multicultural country;
- To allow children to learn graphic skills, including how to use, draw and interpret maps;
- To enable children to know and understand environmental problems at a local, regional and global level;
- To encourage in children a commitment to sustainable development and an appreciation of what ‘global citizenship’ means;
- To develop a variety of other skills, including those of inquiry, problem solving, ICT, investigation and how to present their conclusions in the most appropriate way.
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