Humanities

History

Intent

  • To ensure our children develop and understanding of their identify and purpose, better understanding their place in the world through exploring history relevant to them and the world around them.
  • To provide our children with a broad range of new experiences which enrich their knowledge and understanding of the world around them, identifying how the past contributes to the current day.
  • To develop our understanding of the history of Bristol as a city.
  • To develop children's understanding of key historical knowledge.
  • To develop the children's chronological framework to support them in building a picture of the past and how areas of study link.
  • To develop enquiry skills through study of historical events using a range of sources.
  • To develop the children's critical thinking, encouraging them to thoroughly scrutinise sources of information, looking at their strengths and limitations.
  • To develop the children's cultural capital, exploring the best that has been thought and said.
  • To enable the children to reflect on issues of social injustice through history and what we can learn from these.

Implementation

  • Topics are taught as phases on a 2 year rolling programme.
  • Golden threads are used to promote links between areas of study horizontally across each year, vertically across the school and diagonally across subjects and years.
  • The children build up a chronological timeline within their books and classrooms during each academic year, adding to prior time periods explored.
  • A skills progression maps historical skills across the school encompassing 7 strands - Chronology, historical enquiry, historical terms, interpretation, continuity and change similarity and difference, cause and consequence and significance.
  • Topics of study make links to the locality of Bristol and its history as well as British and world history.
  • History is studied through topics across each academic year.
  • Our history curriculum explores social justice, allowing the children to explore what we can learn from history.
  • Knowledge organisers are used in class and for home learning, displaying key knowledge for the children to learn.

What have we been learning?

Key History Documents

Geography

Intent

  • To enable the children to develop their cultural understanding and respect.
  • To provide our children with a broad range of new experiences which enrich their knowledge and understanding of the world around them.
  • To develop links with the local community and Bristol as a city.
  • To develop the children's understanding where in the world locations are.
  • To develop the children's geography skills including map work and fieldwork.
  • To develop the children's geographical knowledge.
  • To develop the children's knowledge of human and physical geography.

Implementation

  • Topics are taught as phases on a 2 year rolling programme.
  • Golden threads are used to promote links between areas of study horizontally across each year, vertically across the school and diagonally across subjects and years.
  • Children's knowledge of the world's continents, countries and oceans is build up through map work, with each child having a map they add to throughout their time at school.
  • A skills progression is implemented across the school focusing on place, patterns and communicating geography.
  • Geography knowledge and skills are revisited repeatedly across each year group.
  • Knowledge organisers are used in class and for home learning, displaying key knowledge for the children to learn.

Key Geography Documents

Knowledge and Understanding of the World

Links to Our Locality

Our history and geography curriculums include a number of links to our locality of Fishponds and Bristol as a city.

Exploring Social Justice

In Term 1 2020, we did a whole school theme topic of 'They Made a Difference'. KS1 explored everyday heroes and local heroes. LKS2 studied Malala and her fight for education as well as the rights of women in the UK in the past. UKS2 studied the civil rights movement and debated around whether Edward Colston's statue should be removed or kept. Explore some of our outcomes below.

Knowledge Organisers

Knowledge organisers are 1-2 A4 pages containing key information about the topic that the children need to learn. They contain key facts, dates, vocabulary and diagrams. Reference is made to these during lessons and children focus on learning these for their home learning.