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Geography Intent:

 

At Northwick Manor Primary School our aim is to inspire children’s curiosity and interest to explore the world that we live in and its people. We will fulfil the requirements of the National Curriculum for Geography; providing a broad, balanced and differentiated curriculum. We provide progressive and sequenced development of geographical concepts, substantive and disciplinary knowledge and skills that are transferrable to other curriculum areas and promote moral, social and cultural development. Our Geographical units of study are introduced as a question e.g. In EYFS - What are the different areas of the school used for? In Year 3 - What would it be like if our local land use changed?

 

Our Geographical driving questions are:

 

✓ How vast and incredible is our world?

✓ What is it like to live in different places in the world?

✓ How do we as humans’ impact on and change our world?

 

It is important that our Geography learners’ value locational knowledge and gain a secure knowledge of Geographical skills. Lessons provide the opportunity for the children to explore the world they live in, it’s people and encourages the children to deepen their learning. From this they will develop a broad knowledge of the world around them.

 

Through our teaching, we intend to promote thought provoking questions. To encourage the children to be aware of and reflect upon local, national and world geographical events such as: flooding, volcanic eruptions and other geological processes.

 

Children are guided and given the opportunity to identify similar themes which connect their Geographical units together. For example, the impact of the desert regions on habitats in Year 3 and the effect of climate in South America and it’s mountainous landscape in Year 6. This also enables teaching staff to gain an overview of the entire Geography curriculum when planning and delivering their lessons. Pupils’ can draw on their prior learning from previous Geographical topics or look ahead to future topics in order to make relevant connections. This provides a sense of cohesion in their learning.

 

We fulfil the National Curriculum requirements at Northwick Manor Primary School and provide all pupils – regardless of ethnic origin, gender- class aptitude or disability – with a broad and balanced Geography curriculum. 

 

History Intent:

 

At Northwick Manor Primary School, we believe that high-quality history lessons inspire children to want to know more about the past and to think and act as historians. Children have opportunities to investigate and interpret the past through their understanding of chronology; their understanding of continuity and change and by undertaking an historical enquiry through selection and interpretation of sources as evidence. Our Historical units of study are posed as questions e.g. Year 4: ‘What was it like to live in Tudor England through a period of change?’ because it enables the children to develop a sense of enquiry.

 

Our historical driving questions are:

 

✓ What was it like to live through a period of change?

✓ How have achievements and legacies throughout History impacted on us?

✓ Whys do we remember significant events?

 

Our History curriculum is designed so that our chosen historical units of study often connect naturally to other subject disciplines. We have made a conscious effort to connect specific concepts in different subjects across the curriculum - where appropriate - to enable our pupils to make connections and remember what they have learnt more easily. We use historical themes as an opportunity to develop pupils’ writing, as well as their substantive knowledge (facts and information) and disciplinary knowledge (enquiry skills and interpretation of evidence etc.) in History. Often, quality texts are chosen in English that connect with the History context for learning i.e. Year 6: ‘Goodnight Mr Tom’ dovetails the History strand ‘What was it like to live through a period of change?’ Subsequently, our History curriculum is not taught chronologically and because of this, we place emphasis on ensuring that pupils are clear as to where the historical period they are studying fits in against other periods with which they are familiar. Permanent history timelines are displayed clearly in each classroom in order for this to be embedded and pupils refer to historical unit timelines in their subject books.

 

Children are guided and given the opportunity to identify similar themes and threads which connect their historical units together. For example, innovations and the legacy of the Ancient Greeks in Year 5 and the innovations and legacy of the Romans in Year 3. This also enables teaching staff to gain an overview of the entire history curriculum when planning and delivering their lessons. We make it possible for pupils to easily draw on their prior learning from previous historical units of study or look ahead to future units in order to make strong, relevant connections. This provides a sense of cohesion in their learning and enables children to know more and remember more.

 

We fulfil the National Curriculum requirements at Northwick Manor Primary School and provide all pupils - regardless of ethnic origin, gender, class, aptitude or disability - with a broad and balanced History curriculum.

 

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