History & Geography
In the teaching and learning of history, children learn about significant events in British history as well as history from different periods around the world.
At the heart of this, is the teaching and learning of chronology, developing the children's chronological knowledge as they broaden their understanding of various historical periods and key developments in history.
From year 1 to 6, the children are introduced to various historical concepts, such as trade, empire and invasion. As they progress, they are given the opportunity to build upon their understanding of each one, revisiting concepts within their year or across phases.
Ultimately, we approach history like all subjects, with a critical mind: supporting the children in developing their skills in inquiry and critical thinking. Each year, we build upon their learning from the previous year, encouraging the children to contrast and compare different accounts, reflect on other's interpretation of historical events and where possible expose them to primary and secondary sources.
We regularly have visitors or arrange trips to museums or historical sites, to explore or take part in various workshops where children get to experience past events hands on.
Geography enables children to make sense of the world around them. When the topic focus is geography, the children develop an awareness of where they live and how it is similar and different to various places in the world beyond, its physical and human geography, culture, traditions and what it’s like to live there.
From years 1 to 6, the children are given the opportunity to build upon their learning from the previous year, broadening their geographical knowledge and developing the skills and vocabulary needed to achieve this. As they go from country to country, or continent to continent, our children utilise the various skills they have been taught, such as those in map work or making comparative studies.
In addition to this, our many trips and school journeys incorporate various opportunities to both revisit and reinforce these skills in real-life contexts.
History and geography are central to the curriculum at Keyworth and are the focus of our half-termly topics. We take a creative approach to the curriculum so that children become fully immersed in each of these subjects and come away with a secure knowledge base.
We believe creativity is crucial in enabling children to achieve high standards. In both subjects, enquiry is key and children are given opportunities to ask questions and debate viewpoints in order to give them a more deepened understanding.
Across the school, children are given opportunities to communicate their geographical understanding through a wide range of digital media such as films, drama and photographs.
At Keyworth, we are committed to installing a sense of wonder about the world both past and present throughout our topics through exciting trips and a wide range of various activities.
By being creative children learn to think for themselves, become adaptable and learn key skills for life. Both history and Geography play an important part in the curriculum by motivating and engaging the children, supporting them to become more independent and confident learners.
At the end of each topic, children complete a ‘topic write’ which encapsulates and demonstrates key knowledge obtained throughout the topic and reflect skills that are acquired throughout their learning journey. These include accurate accounts, fact-based narratives and information reports, which are presented in a variety of ways.