Geography and History
Through Geography we aim to inspire pupils’ curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. Geography equips children with knowledge and understanding of our local area, Britain and the wider world. We understand we will be better at demonstrating both our school values of Love, Respect and Courage, and our British Values, when we understand the whole world and its similarities and differences.
At Andrews’ our children learn about physical and human geography. In physical geography, they study patterns and processes in the natural environment. In human geography, they study communities, cultures, economies and human interactions with the environment.
We learn through a series of enquiry-based units. Each unit begins with a key question which the children investigate as a class. By the end of the unit, the children have enough knowledge to answer the original question.
Throughout the units our children will have continued to develop the skill set they have been working on since their earliest geographical experiences.
We focus on developing the following skill areas:
- To use maps at different scales
- To use compass directions
- To use aerial photos and plans
- To use fieldwork skills such as observation, measuring, recording and presenting
Our vision is for all children to have a high-quality history education to help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world and inspire pupils’ curiosity to more about the past.
We intend that pupils will become equipped to ask perceptive questions, think critically, ponder evidence, and develop perspective and judgement. We want pupils to understand the intricacy of people’s lives, how changes occur and develop, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time.
The key skills taught are Chronological understanding, knowledge and understanding of events in the past, historical interpretation and historical enquiry.
We learn through a series of enquiry-based units. Each unit begins with a key question which the children investigate as a class. Enquiry learning encourages the children to be historians.
History is taught in blocks throughout the year, so that children achieve depth in their learning. Teachers have identified the key knowledge and skills of each topic and consideration has been given to ensure progression across topics throughout each year group across the school. By the end of year 6, children will have a chronological understanding of British history from the Stone Age to the present day. They are able to draw comparisons and make connections between different time periods and their own lives. Interlinked with this are studies of world history, such as the ancient civilisations of Greece and the Mayans.
There are cross curricular links with other subjects to further develop knowledge. The local area is also fully utilised to achieve the desired outcomes, with extensive opportunities for learning outside the classroom embedded in practice.
Children have access to key knowledge, language and meanings to understand History and to use these skills across the curriculum through Knowledge Organisers.
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) follows the ‘Development Matters in the EYFS’ guidance which aims for all children in reception to have an ‘Understanding of the World; people and communities, the world and technology’ by the end of the academic year.