History and Geography
‘Geography has made us neighbours. History has made us friends.‘
– John F. Kennedy
These curriculum areas are taught through our creative topic planning with History and Geography acting as the driver for whole school themes. We alternate between having a History focus or Geography focus each half term to ensure that both subjects are given equal weighting across the school year.
At St. Clare’s Primary School, History and Geography are two pillars, which support the development of our students in becoming citizens of the world.
They inspire a curiosity and fascination that helps lead children to their own identity by discovering the diversity of the Earth and the people who have shaped its landscapes and society. They enable children to develop their own perspectives, without bias or prejudice and help them make responsible choices for the challenges they may face.
Subject knowledge is interwoven throughout the curriculum subjects whilst key skills in investigation are taught discretely. This balanced approach ensures children develop a deep contextual understanding alongside the ability to think critically, evaluate and make informed decisions for a sustainable future.
At St Clare’s RC Primary School, we want children to be inspired to learn about how the past has shaped the world today. By linking learning to a number of engaging topics, children have opportunities to investigate and interpret the past to ensure a coherent understanding of the chronology of the past.
In Key stage 1 pupils develop an awareness of the past using common words and phrases relating to the passing of time. Pupils learn about changes within living memory and events beyond living memory that are significant nationally and globally as well as learning about the lives of significant individuals. Children will ask questions about life in the past, they will choose and use parts of stories and other sources to show that they know and understand key features of past events. E.g. Why did the Fire of London start?
In Keys stage 2, pupils continue to develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of British, local and world history. They note connections contrasts and trends over time and develop the appropriate use of historical terms. This could be delivered through pupil research, experience days and interviewing knowledgeable experts.
Geographical work starts with the youngest children studying the relationship between places, which they know, and using play maps for cars, and develops to compass work, the interpretation of maps and the study of places beyond the pupil’s experience
In ensuring high standards of teaching and learning in history, we implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school. History is taught as part of a half-termly topic, focusing on knowledge and skills stated in the National Curriculum. At St Clare’s, we aim to ensure that history has the same importance given to it as the core subjects, as we feel this is important in enabling all children to gain ‘real-life’ experiences. For example, using the local area to look at how buildings have changed in Key Stage 1, to comparing the similarities and differences in environments and communities in Lower Key Stage 2, through to looking at an in depth study of the locality in Upper Key Stage 2.
In ensuring high standards of teaching and learning in geography, we implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school. Geography is taught as part of a half-termly topic, focusing on knowledge and skills stated in the National Curriculum. At St Clare’s Primary, we aim to ensure that geography has the same importance given to it as the core subjects, as we feel this is important in enabling all children to gain ‘real-life’ experiences. For example, using the local area to follow maps in Key Stage 1, to comparing the similarities and differences in environments and communities in Lower Key Stage 2, through to debating world issues on pollution in Upper Key Stage 2.
Please see 21-22 whole school,curriculum plan within the curriculum overview section.
Click below to view useful links and websites to support teaching and learning of the humanities in schools:
Hundred objects from museums across the UK with resources, information and teaching ideas to inspire your childrens’ interest in history: http://teachinghistory100.org/
Enter ancient worlds, meet famous people and discover fascinating facts by exploring a wide selection of historical games and activities: http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/forkids/
Fun, history and geography educational websites for primary aged children (7 to 11): http://www.teachingandlearningresources.co.uk/funhistory.shtml
Geography games for kids: http://www.teachingandlearningresources.co.uk/fungeography.shtml