History and Geography

St Mary’s History and Geography are taught through a variety of exciting topics that are covered each half term.

Our aim is to encourage the children to be curious about the world, other cultures and different nations, sparked by a stimulating curriculum spanning from the Ancient World to the present day!

Geography

Geography is concerned with making sense of the world around us and being able to interpret the human and physical forces that shape the earth. It explores the relationship between the earth and its inhabitants through the study of place, space and the environment on a number of different scales. In the teaching of Geography we help develop the children’s understanding of their place in the world around them, and aim to promote a responsible attitude to world citizenship and to the pursuit of a sustainable environment. We encourage children to learn by experience and we value fieldwork as an integral part of the Geography curriculum.

Programme of Study

Nursery and Reception work towards achieving the Early Learning Goals. Once children exceed the Early Learning Goals or enter Year One, they begin to work towards the National Curriculum end of phase attainment targets through the study of various topics in Key stage 1 and 2.

The Progression of Skills in Geography

There are four areas within the school’s Progression of Skills Framework which include Enquiry, Communication, Fieldwork and Map Skills. As a school, we recognise that each of these areas is an important part of Geography education.

Teachers use the school’s Progression of Skills Framework to ensure that learning experiences are appropriate for each student’s age and ability, and to ensure that all pupils are progressively building upon the essential skills needed to be successful in the Geography curriculum. Teachers also use this framework to ensure that pupils of all attainment levels are making good or better progress within the Geography curriculum.

History

History influences all aspects of our lives. It shapes the customs and beliefs of the communities to which we belong. It is important to stimulate the children’s interest and understanding about the life of people who lived in the past. We do this by teaching children a sense of chronology and developing their historical enquiry skills; through this they develop a sense of identity and a cultural understanding based on their historical heritage. We encourage children to consider how people lived in the past and the impact of history on modern Britain, as we believe that this better prepares them to make their own life choices today.

Programme of Study

Nursery and Reception work towards achieving the Early Learning Goals. Once children exceed the Early Learning Goals or enter Year One, they begin to work towards the National Curriculum end of phase attainment targets through the study of various topics in Key stage 1 and 2.

The Progression of Skills in History

There are five areas within the school’s Progression of Skills Framework, which include Historical Chronology, Historical Knowledge and understanding, Historical Interpretation, Historical Enquiry, and Historical Communication. As a school, we recognise that each of these areas is an important part of History education.

Teachers use the Progression of Skills Framework to ensure that learning experiences are appropriate for each student’s age and ability, and to ensure that all pupils are progressively building upon the essential skills needed to be successful in the History curriculum. Teachers also use this framework to ensure that pupils of all attainment levels are making good or better progress within the History curriculum.