History and Geography
The aim of the History curriculum at Grundisburgh Primary School is to ignite an interest in History and develop a thorough understanding of the skills and objectives laid out in the National Curriculum so that the children enjoy, learn and achieve. Emphasis is placed on analytical thinking and questioning. To enrich and give relevance to the children’s learning, good use is made of local historical sites and features.
The History curriculum at Grundisburgh Primary School is taught within a topic. Topics are informed by the skills and objectives laid out in the National Curriculum and reflect children’s interests, as well as the context of the local area. Cross curricular outcomes in History are specifically planned for enabling further contextual learning. Teachers have identified the key knowledge and skills of each topic and consideration has been given to ensure progression across topics throughout each year group across the school. Thought is also given to how greater depth will be taught, learned and demonstrated within lessons, as well as how learners will be supported in line with the school’s commitment to inclusion. The local area is also fully utilised to achieve the desired outcomes, with opportunities for learning outside the classroom embedded in practice. The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) follows the ‘Statutory framework for the EYFS’ and the 2020 Development Matters guidance which aims for all children in Reception to have an ‘Understanding of the World’ by the end of the academic year. The Early Years outcomes taught at Grundisburgh Primary School are prerequisite skills that feed into the children’s later learning of the History National Curriculum.
Outcomes in topic and literacy books, evidence a broad and balanced history curriculum and demonstrate the children’s acquisition of identified key knowledge. Children review the agreed successes at the end of every session. Emphasis is placed on analytical thinking and questioning which helps pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world and a curiosity to know more about the past. Through this study pupils learn to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. Regular heritage projects and historical trips provide further relevant and contextual learning. Engaging member of the community in children’s learning provides positive role models from the community for children to learn from and a purpose for their questioning.
At Grundisburgh Primary School we believe that Geography helps to provoke questions and provide answers to issues concerning the natural and human aspects of the world. Children are encouraged to develop a greater understanding and knowledge of the world, as well as their place in it. We seek to inspire in children a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people which will remain with them for the rest of their lives; to promote the children’s interest and understanding of diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. The curriculum is designed to develop knowledge and skills that are progressive, as well as transferable, throughout the learner’s time at Grundisburgh Primary School and also to their further education and beyond.
Geography at Grundisburgh Primary School is taught so that children can achieve depth in their learning. Consideration is given to how greater depth will be taught, learnt and demonstrated within each lesson, as well as how learners will be supported in line with the school’s commitment to inclusion. Teachers have identified the key knowledge and skills of each topic and consideration has been given to ensure progression across topics throughout each year group across the school. Geography is taught by the class teacher as both standalone lessons and through meaningful cross-curricular links, which are specifically planned for, in other subject areas such as English, Design and Technology, Science, Computing and Music. This enables children to develop knowledge and skills that are transferable to other curriculum areas and which can and are used to promote their moral, social and cultural development. Geography is, by nature, an investigative subject, which develops an understanding of concepts, knowledge and skills. Teaching in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) follows the EYFS Statutory framework and 2020 Development Matters guidance. The Early Years outcomes taught at Grundisburgh Primary School are prerequisite skills that feed into the children’s later learning of the Geography National Curriculum.
Outcomes in Topic and other subject books, evidence a broad and balanced Geography curriculum and demonstrate children’s acquisition of identified key knowledge. Children review their successes in achieving the lesson objectives at the end of every session. As children progress throughout the school, they develop a deep knowledge, understanding and appreciation of their local area and its place within the wider geographical context. They become more aware of the global environment, how it has shaped the lives of people and places and how people have an impact on it. An abundance of examples can be sited of how the Geography curriculum at Grundisburgh Primary School engages, informs, inspires and develops learning minds. One is Year ‘5s homework project in which children linked Geography, PHSCE, Design and Technology and Computing as they researched and considered the climate and topography of the Amazon, the lifestyle of the Kayapo tribe people and the building materials available to them, the impact on logging on their environment and culture and how to build a solid structure. They used this information and their discussions to plan, test and build a tribal home suitable for the lifestyle and environment of a Kayapo tribe person.