Geography and History

Geography and History are led by Kerry

History

At Ben Jonson Primary School history learning involves children finding out about the world in which they live and how it has changed over time. History is taught across the school in half termly or termly blocks over the year. These alternate with geography and where possible is interconnected with other aspects of the curriculum to make learning as meaningful as possible. Children learn about historical events in chronological order , as they move up through the school. Our curriculum focuses on acquiring facts and knowledge as well as developing historical enquiry skills. We teach children about larger global concepts such as humankind, place, significance, processes and change. Our history curriculum follows the National Curriculum but our scope goes wider to ensure it is timely and relevant to our children today. Emphasis is placed upon acquiring historical knowledge and vocabulary and developing historical enquiry skills.

We view history as a way to inspire pupils’ curiosity about the past, to help us understand the present and consider how it could shape the future. Sessions present children with the opportunities to develop fundamental skills of enquiry, to become open minded historians and explore the past in an exciting and engaging way. Our history curriculum aims to bring history to life, in order to help pupils to understand the process of change and the diversity of societies, as well as understanding their own identity and the challenges of their time. Our curriculum is designed to enable the children to develop their understanding of the people and events that have shaped the past and therefore impacted the present.

Our children study a wide range of ancient, British and world history, learning about famous historical figures and exploring how and why they have influenced our lives today, and possibly even tomorrow. Children are given opportunities to explore the past through the use of a variety of sources of information and where possible, first hand experiences with role play, modelling, trips, workshops and visiting experts play a key part in our approach. We want children to have clear knowledge and understanding of the past in both Britain and the wider world but also to help them ask questions, think critically, look at evidence and develop their perspective and judgements.

At the end of each history unit of learning, our children enjoy expressing what they have learnt in a variety of creative ways including; presentations, DT, writing, art, drama and computing.  

Children in Year 5 looked at trade routes, items that were traded and chronology as part of their topic 'Golden Age of Islam'. They created their own Islamic Art

Geography

Geography learning at Ben Jonson Primary School teaches children about the world in which they live and how it has changed over time and how it may change in the future.

Our curriculum focuses on acquiring facts and knowledge as well as developing geographical skills. Children learn both place and space knowledge but also about the wider ‘big ideas’ in geography related to diversity, changes and interaction. Emphasis is placed both upon acquiring geographical knowledge and vocabulary as well as developing geographical enquiry skills. Children learn about the world, starting with countries and cities of the UK and expanding across the globe. They learn how to use atlases, compasses and read maps. They also learn about the different climates of the world and current issues such as deforestation and sustainability. Children will learn about natural and human environments as well as Earth's key physical and human processes. They  will develop their knowledge, understanding and skills in relation to the subjects and deepen them as they revisit them in more detail and depth over their time at school.

Children are given opportunities to explore the geographical concepts through the use of a variety of sources of information including photographs and maps. Where possible, first hand experiences including trips, fieldwork, workshops and visiting experts play a key part in our approach. We want children to have clear understanding of the geography of Britain and the wider world but also to have developed the skills to ask questions, think critically, look at evidence and develop their perspectives about geographical challenges ahead.

At the end of each geography unit of learning, our children enjoy expressing what they have learnt in a variety of creative ways including; presentations, DT, writing, art, drama and computing.  

In Year 1 children labelled the countries and cities of the UK and created their own maps and keys of the local area.

Humanities - Termly Overviews

Autumn Term   Spring Term  Summer Term
Y1A All About Me Y1Sp Childhood and Toys Y1Summer Travel and transport
Y2A Navigation and Explorers Y2Sp The Great Fire of London Y2Summer Farming
Y3A Lets Build Y3Sp Ancient Eygpt Land of Light Y3Summer Rainforests and Biomes
Y4A Legends Y4Sp Disasters - Rome and Volcanoes Y4Summer Invaders and Settlers
Y5A The Golden Age Y5Sp The British Empire Y5Summer WWII- Your Country Needs You
Y6A Windrush and TH Immigration Y6Sp Democracy Y6Summer New Beginnings

 

 Useful information and links:

 The National Geographic Kids website has some lovely resources to help children with their geography skills and understanding: https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/teacher-category/geography/
 BBC bitesize History - https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zcw76sg 

 BBC bitesize Geography - https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zbkw2hv

Humanities Progression Map 2021 onwards

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