History and Geography

Our curriculum for history and geography encompasses a wide range of engaging topics, underpinned by the use of knowledge mats, which contain the key learning and vocabulary for each unit of study. As a teaching staff, we have created meaningful links between all history and geography units across the school. Teachers signpost these links in the first lesson of each unit in order to highlight what the children have learnt previously; what they are going to be learning; and what they will learn in the next linked unit. 

Links within and across year groups have been created in order to ensure that knowledge taught in prior year groups is built and developed upon in a meaningful way. These humanities themes- which all teaching staff understand and were a part of creating- run through Key Stages 1 and 2.

The history themes are: chronology, technological advances, economy, famous people, war, medicine, impact on Britain, politics, hierarchy, religion, trade, the arts, invasion, daily life and migration. These themes are linked across the school. For example:

War: Year 3 ‘Roman Empire’ > Year 4 ‘The Vikings’ > Year 5 ‘World War 2’

The learning about ‘war’ in years 3 and 4 provides children with the building blocks and prior understanding of concepts in order to help them process more complex ideas by the end of KS2.

The geography themes are: relative location, human features, physical features, region, impact of humans on Earth, climate and fieldwork. The children are exposed to these themes in every topic which allows them to consolidate geographical vocabulary and concepts year-on-year. This enables them to make useful connections to prior learning.

Our lessons are knowledge fronted, ensuring that the pupils then develop skills to apply this knowledge to different situations.

To view or download our whole-school curriculum map for History and Geography, click here