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Humanities (History & Geography)

Geography 

 

Intent 

 At Flora Gardens, the intention of the geography curriculum is to inspire children’s curiosity and interest to explore the world that we live in an its people, which aims to fuel a love of learning. We intend to equip children with geographical skills to develop their knowledge through studying places, people and natural and human environments. This seeks to deepen the understanding of the Earth’s human and physical forms and processes. Through our teaching, staff and support staff intend to provoke thoughts, questions and to encourage children to discover answers to their own questions through exploration and investigation. This research enables children to gain a greater understanding and knowledge of the world. 

  

Implementation 

 At Flora Gardens all children expand on their skills in local knowledge, place knowledge, human and physical geography, geographical skills and fieldwork. Across both key stages, children have a range of opportunities to experience geography through practical engaging tasks beyond the classroom. Our lessons come with end of unit assessments to give the teacher and adults leading geography confidence in the progression of skills and knowledge and that outcomes have been met.  

  Teachers plan their curriculum and as part of this planning process, teachers need to plan   the following:   

  

  • A knowledge organiser which outlines knowledge (including vocabulary) all children must master and apply in lessons.   
  •  A cycle of lessons for each subject, which carefully plans for progression and depth concentrating on the geographical skills suited to the age group.   
  • A quiz which is tested regularly to support learners’ ability to block learning and increase space in the working memory.    
  • Challenge questions for pupils to apply their learning in a philosophical/open manner.   
  • Trips and visiting experts who will enhance the learning experience.    
  •  Appropriate curriculum themed home learning tasks which children complete with adults at home.  

  

Impact 

 Our Geography Curriculum is high quality, well thought out and is planned to demonstrate progression. If children are keeping up with the curriculum, they are deemed to be making good or better progress. In addition, we measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:   

  • A reflection on standards achieved against the planned outcomes.   
  • A celebration of learning for each term which demonstrates progression across the school.   
  • Tracking of pupil discussions about their learning using questionnaires. 
  • Termly Geography Assessments that highlight children who are working below, at and above.  

 

History 

 

Intent 

At Flora Gardens we believe that high-quality history lessons inspire children to want to know more about the past and to think and act as historians. By linking learning to a range of topics, children have opportunities to investigate and interpret the past, understand chronology, build an overview of Britain’s past as well as that of the wider world and to be able to communicate historically. We develop children with the following essential characteristics to help them become historians:  

  • An excellent knowledge and understanding of people, events and contexts from a range of historical periods, including significant events in Britain’s past. 
  • Learning about the concept of chronology, which underpins children's developing sense of period, as well as key concepts such as change and causation.  
  •  The ability to think critically about history and communicate ideas confidently to a range of audiences.  
  •  The ability to support, evaluate and challenge their own and others’ views using historical evidence from a range of sources.  
  •  The ability to think, reflect, debate, discuss and evaluate the past by formulating and refining questions and lines of enquiry. 
  •   A respect for historical evidence and the ability to make critical use of it to support their learning.   
  •  A developing sense of curiosity about the past and how and why people interpret the past in different ways.  

 

Implementation 

For our children to know more and remember more in each area of history studied, there is a structure to the lesson sequence whereby prior learning is always considered and opportunities for revision of facts and historical understanding are built into lessons. Teachers plan their curriculum and as part of this planning process, teachers need to plan the following:   

  

  • A knowledge organiser which outlines knowledge (including vocabulary) all children must master.   
  •  A cycle of lessons for each subject, which carefully plans for progression and depth.  
  •  A quiz which is tested regularly to support learners’ ability to block learning and increase space in the working memory.  
  •  Challenge questions for pupils to apply their learning in a philosophical/open manner.   
  • Trips and visiting experts who will enhance the learning experience.    

 

Impact 

At Flora Gardens our history curriculum is high quality, well thought out and is planned to demonstrate progression. If children are keeping up with the curriculum, they are deemed to be making good or better progress. In addition, we measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:   

  • A reflection on standards achieved against the planned outcomes.  
  • A celebration of learning for each term which demonstrates progression across the school.  
  • Pupil discussions about their learning.   
  • Termly History Assessments that highlight children who are working below, at and above.  

A full range of resources, including display materials will be seen across the school with an increase in the profile of history. The learning environment across the school will be more consistent with historical vocabulary displayed, spoken and used by all learners. School and parental engagement will be improved with history-specific home learning tasks and opportunities suggested in lessons and overviews for wider learning.