Our Rich Curriculum
The aim of History and Geography is to give the children a wider perspective on their world and to provide the beginnings of an understanding of the human situation. Alongside important historical and geographical knowledge of people, places and events, children are encouraged to develop transferable skills they can use across the curriculum and in later life, such as asking perceptive questions, thinking critically and weighing evidence. Also, by stimulating their interest of other times and places, children develop an awareness of themselves in relation to their community and the part they can play in it.
Throughout the year, ‘theme’ days allow the children to be immersed in the learning within a rich and effective environment. Staff and children ‘become’ people from different times and places, researching costume, culture, beliefs and origins that extends their engagement beyond the classroom.
In our schools, we see History not only as simple facts and dates but encourage pupils to become detectives who explore the past in an exciting way. History is taught mainly through a topic-based approach and gives pupils a chance to explore a wide range of sources from which the past may come alive.
History allows our children to compare and contrast, to examine how and why things have changed, to learn about historical characters and expand their research skills. We teach children to be open minded and enquiring thinkers who understand cause and effect. We want them to understand how people have lived in the past and compare this to modern life. We encourage first hand experiences through handling real artefacts and wherever possible arranging field work visits to relevant sites of historical interest in the region or bringing in specialists for in-school workshops.