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History & Geography

In History and Geography we use the programmes of study for key stages 1 and 2 for the National Curriculum in England. For a complete overview please HERE here to open a new window with the whole document from the Department for Education for history and HERE for geography.

Much of our history and geography is taught through the IPC units. Where this is not possible we teach them as separate subjects.

Over the course of key stages 1 and 2 children will be given the opportunity to develop to the full, their abilities in:

History

  • learning about changes within living memory. Where appropriate, these should be used to reveal aspects of change in national life
  • learning about events beyond living memory that are significant nationally or globally [for example, the Great Fire of London, the first aeroplane flight or events commemorated through festivals or anniversaries]
  • learning about the lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements. Some should be used to compare aspects of life in different periods [for example, Elizabeth I and Queen Victoria, Christopher Columbus and Neil Armstrong, William Caxton and Tim Berners-Lee, Pieter Bruegel the Elder and LS Lowry, Rosa Parks and Emily Davison, Mary Seacole and/or Florence Nightingale and Edith Cavell]
  • learning about significant historical events, people and places in their own locality
  • learning about changes in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age
  • learning about the Roman Empire and its impact on Britain
  • learning about Britain’s settlement by Anglo-Saxons and Scots
  • learning about the Viking and Anglo-Saxon struggle for the Kingdom of England to the time of Edward the Confessor
  • learning about a local history study
  • studying an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066
  • learning about the achievements of the earliest civilisations – an overview of where and when the first civilisations appeared and a depth study of one of the following: Ancient Sumer; The Indus Valley; Ancient Egypt; The Shang Dynasty of Ancient China
  • learning about Ancient Greece – a study of Greek life and achievements and their influence on the western world
  • learning about a non-European society that provides contrasts with British history – one study chosen from: early Islamic civilisation, including a study of Baghdad c. AD 900; Mayan civilisation c. AD 900; Benin (West Africa) c. AD 900-1300.

Geography

  • Locational knowledge
  • Place knowledge
  • Human and physical geography
  • Geographical skills and fieldwork

The lead staff member for History is Dr Hawkes who is supported by Mrs Flack.

The lead staff member for Geography is Miss Cresswell who is supported by Mr Lee.