History & Geography

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Subject Leadership: Ms Anderson

Geography and History Curriculum Information
E21C Primary Geography Curriculum Skills Overview 2019-2020

E21C History Curriculum Skills Overview 2019-2020

Geography Vision Statement
At Blenheim, we believe Geography can inspire curiosity and fascination about the world and its people. We feel it is important to nurture their inquisitive thinking and questioning skills to help them interpret what they see.

In Reception, Geography comes under the curriculum area of ‘Understanding the World,’ this provides links with science and history. They explore the environment around them through the use of their outdoor area and the school grounds. Children are encouraged to draw, write and talk about what they see and how things may change during the course of a year.
In Key Stage 1 we begin to look at our local area and compare it to other areas and countries. We learn to draw and read maps and gather a knowledge of basic geographical vocabulary that refers to human and physical features.
In Key Stage 2 the children look beyond our local area to study Europe as well as North and South America. They will look at human geography in greater depth such as settlements and land use. They will also look at physical geography topics such as climate zones, rivers and volcanoes.

Through the teaching of Geography we hope to instill a love for enquiry and investigation in our children. Hopefully we can motivate our pupils to take an active part in contributing to and protecting this world as they grow up.

History Vision Statement
At Blenheim we want all of our pupils to have an understanding of the past and how history will shape their future.

In Key Stage 1 children will develop an awareness of the past. They will learn about significant individuals who have contributed to the world. Children will also learn about significant historical events within the local area. In Key Stage 1 we will be looking back at changes within living memory such as how shops and homes have changed as well as events beyond living memory such as the Gunpowder plot and The Great Fire of London. The children’s learning is placed within a chronological format.
In Key Stage 2 children will continue to appreciate history in a chronological context. They will work on securing an understanding of British, local and world history. In lower Key Stage 2 children will be focusing on areas such as prehistoric Britain and Ancient Greece whilst Upper Key Stage 2 will be looking at Anglo Saxons and Mayans among other things. Children will look at connections and patterns over time and develop a good use of historical terms. There will also be a big focus on different sources and how our knowledge of the past is shaped from them.

Through high-quality history lessons we aim to encourage critical thinking, as well as helping the children to gain a sense of their own identity within a social, political, cultural and economic background.