Geography and History
Curriculum Intent: ‘To create inspired and happy learners through an ambitious, engaging enquiry-led curriculum’
At St Newlyn East Learning Academy, the history and geography curriculums are both designed with the central PURPOSE of being enquiry-led. This ensures all children have curiosity instilled within them; they will be PASSIONATE about knowing more and remembering more about the areas that are taught.
We are PASSIONATE about deepening our children’s historical and geographical knowledge and developing the full range of skills, that will remain with them on their journeys through education and beyond. Through enquiry-led, quality first teaching, the children are given the opportunities to learn about the world as it is now, how it was in the past and how they can make an impact on the changing world in the future.
Having a grasp of key subject specific vocabulary underpins accessing the areas of geography and history that are taught. At St Newlyn East, all the enquiries have been PURPOSEFULLY planned to ensure pupils are PASSIONATE about the geographical and historical terminology they are being immersed in and that this is built on as the children move up the school. This allows our pupils to effectively discuss, debate and form opinions underpinned by the knowledge and skills that they have gained.
At St Newlyn East, one PUPRPOSE of outdoor learning is to further enrich our geographical and historical enquiries, ensuring that PASSIONATE children have a wealth of experiences in the local area and beyond. PERSERVERING with historical investigations, examining a range of first- and second-hand sources, geographical field work and creating lifelong memories brings the enquiries that are being taught to life.
From foundation stage upwards, our enquiry-led curriculum is a consistent scheme of learning. It has a PURPOSE of ensuring our children learn and build on the knowledge and skills set out in the statutory areas of the National Curriculum. Our exciting geographical and historical units build on one another, as the children move through the key stages; this allows our pupils to PERSERVERE with age-related knowledge and skills, apply a range of cross curricular skills and develop the PASSION and curiosity which makes them …’lifelong learners.’
Our new-look medium term plans now better illustrate the range of questions that drive each unit (please see link here) and also highlight the composite (end product) at the end of the unit. These ensure that the children have a Purpose to their unit if learning.
The 4 key areas of the geography curriculum:
- Locational knowledge
- Place knowledge
- Human and physical geography
- Geographical skills and field work
Historical timeline of learning:
- KS1: Wonderful Woodlands; Castles and Knights; The Lost City; Awesome Oceans;
London’s Burning and Great Explorers.
- LKS2: Stone age to Iron age; Cornish Mining; The Romans; Anglo-Saxons
and Vikings and The Tudors.
- UKS2: Ancient Greeks; British Empire; Inventors and Engineers (British Empire);
Britain at War (WWI and WWII) and All the world’s a stage (20th century Britain).
At St Newlyn East, we aim to ensure that our pupils are PASSIONATE about being able to retain knowledge at a distance. Through quality first teaching, several ‘Sticky Facts’ are identified within each enquiry. Knowledge organisers have the PURPOSE of containing key vocabulary and these essential ‘sticky facts’. Pupils complete these in a collaborative fashion and are revisited as they move up the school.
We are designing and trialling ways to collate this knowledge in order to assess/quiz what is remembered; one way we are doing this is through the innovate use of Microsoft ‘Forms’ (see example link here). The children re enjoying these and the results are very clear to interpret.
We also value each and every learner in our school; our SEND subject specific adaptations have been collated to illustrate how we support children with SEND.
The impact of our geography and history curriculum will be measured against our whole school ethos and values: are they ‘Happy and inspired’ when learning about their units and do they continue to develop their curiosity and turn into, ‘lifelong (passionate) learners…’. They carry with them the knowledge, skills, and attitudes which will make them valuable future citizens. Progress is measured through regular teacher assessments, learning completed during each enquiry and summative assessment at the end of each half term.
In geography, the children will have PERSERVERED in order to be able to link the knowledge they have gained across all four areas of the geography curriculum and demonstrated the ability to apply geographical skills in a range of contexts. Pupils will be able to PASSIONATELY discuss, question and recall their understanding of what has been learnt in a geographical manner.
In History, the children will have PERSERVERED in order to develop a chronologically secure knowledge of British, local and world history that is constructed from a range of sources.