History fires pupils’ curiosity about the past in Britain and the wider world. Pupils consider how the past influences the present, what past societies were like, how these societies organised their politics, and what beliefs and cultures influenced people’s actions. Our history curriculum allows children to develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of local, British and world history. The knowledge taught in the curriculum has been carefully chosen and sequenced using a largely chronological approach. Each unit of work should not be viewed as a stand-alone topic, but as a chapter in the story of the history of Britain and the wider world. In this sense, the chronological approach provides a solid framework, anchoring each unit within a wider narrative. Understanding in history requires an understanding of causation. Children will be able to understand the causes of significant national and global events, (such as World War I), when they have some background knowledge of what happened before (such as the origins and growth of European empires, including the British Empire).
Geography is the study of people, their environment and the interaction between them. Our Geography curriculum is knowledge rich and the knowledge that the children will gain has been carefully specified, ordered coherently and builds over time. As children work through our geography curriculum they will know more, understand more about the world around them. A good geographical understanding relies on firm foundations of knowledge and skills. The skills our curriculum develops, like the knowledge, are specified, ordered coherently and progress over time. This curriculum structure helps pupils to deepen their understanding of physical and human geographical processes, fostering curiosity and fascination for the world we live in.
Victorian Day in Year 5
This was no ordinary day in school for Year 5. The children arrived to school dressed as a Victorian child (some poor, some rich) and were greeted at their classroom door by a very strict, Victorian teacher. Learning was done by rote, which meant the children chanted things over and over again (like the multiplication tables facts) until they knew them by heart. In the afternoon, the children took part in PE lessons called drill. Drill involved the children lining up in rows, stretching, swimming arms, jogging on the spot or marching. Finally, the children began to make their Victorian Sampler using cross-stitch patterns. Miss Meredith and Miss Kiernan were impressed with the effort and enthusiasm the children showed throughout the entire day. Well done Year 5!
Save Our Planet
Year 6 kickstarted their 'Save Our Planet' Topic with an impasto style painting based on the artist Starla Michelle. They will be focusing on ways to sustain how we live and how climate change is changing the way in which we perform daily tasks.