History and Geography
These subjects are taught as an integral part of topic work, so that apart from being taught in separate defined lessons, humanities subjects can also be taught alongside other subjects such as English.
Within both subjects we aim to develop in our children a strong sense of time and place, both past and present.
A high-quality History education will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. It should inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past. Teaching should equip pupils to ask perceptive questions, build a chronological framework, make comparisons across time periods, understand the cause of significant events and understand their consequences as well as scrutinising the validity of evidence and relating history to their own lives. History helps pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, and the diversity of societies and relationships.
Within our history lessons we aim to provide all pupils with:
- An understanding of life in the present by exploring the past.
- A knowledge of significant events in British history and an appreciation of how societies and people have changed over time.
- A sense of chronology.
- An enjoyment and appreciation of the richness of the past.
- An understanding of society and their place within it, so that they develop a sense of their cultural heritage.
- An understanding of historical concepts such as cause/consequence, continuity and change etc.
- An understanding of how evidence is used to make historical claims.
- Perspective between local and international history encompassing all areas of history such as political and religious.
A high-quality Geography education will help pupils engender the excitement, creativity and critical thinking about the world which will equip young people to make their own way in it. A particular focus now needs to be to help children develop an informed concern about the quality of the environment and future human habitat. Geography also helps to stimulate pupil interest in their surroundings and in the variety of human and physical conditions on the Earth’s surface.
Within our geography lessons we aim to provide all pupils with:
- Awareness of the wider world and a sense of place within it.
- An extensive base of geographical knowledge and vocabulary
- Highly developed and frequently used fieldwork skills and other geographical skills and techniques, to include ICT skills, making and using maps and photographs.
- A respect for the environment and an understanding of the human impact upon it.
- Fluency in geographical enquiry and the ability to apply questioning skills and use effective analytical techniques.