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Kingstone & Thruxton Primary School

Kingstone & Thruxton Primary School

Geography and History

Geography

At Kingstone and Thruxton Primary School we are keen to encourage a desire for discovery and questioning. Our Big Questions in Geography work to develop the children’s awareness of the world around them. We explore different cultures, environments, people and landscapes and encourage children to investigate and ask questions about what they see.

Children learn how physical and human geography are interconnected and find out about the natural and man-made features of the world. Teaching encourages geographical enquiry and skills development as well as developing a sound knowledge and understanding of places, patterns and processes. We make use of our inspiring local environment together with a wide range of secondary sources including video clips, research books and the internet.

In Key Stage 1 pupils investigate their local area and a contrasting area, finding out about the environment and people in both areas and carrying out geographical enquiry inside and outside the classroom.

In Key Stage 2 pupils investigate a variety of people, places and environment at different locations in the United Kingdom and abroad. The children develop geographical enquiry skills using resources such as maps, atlases, aerial photographs and ICT when investigating physical environments such as mountain ranges, rivers and weather patterns.

History

Through our Big Questions in History we aim to give children the opportunity to develop their sense of identity through learning about the development of Britain, Europe and the world. We want our pupils to gain an understanding of history and develop their curiosity in people and occurrences of the past. It is our goal to inspire children’s inquisitiveness to know more about the past.

During Key Stage 1 pupils learn about important historical events and periods in history as well as people’s lives and lifestyles. They will be given the opportunity to: find out about significant men, women, children and events from the past, including those from both Britain and the wider world; listen and respond to stories and use sources of information to help them ask and answer questions; learn how the past is different from the present.

During Key Stage 2 pupils continue to develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of British, local and world history and will learn about significant people, events and places. They will be given the opportunity to: learn about change and continuity in their own area, in Britain and in other parts of the world; look at history in a variety of ways, e.g. political, economic, technological and scientific, social, religious, cultural or aesthetic perspectives; use different sources of information to help them investigate the past both in depth and overview, using dates and historical vocabulary to describe events, people and developments; learn that the past can be represented in different ways e.g. pictures, plays, films, reconstructions, museum displays, fictional and non-fiction accounts. They are given regular opportunities to note connections, contrasts and trends over time and to question chance, cause, similarity and difference and significance of events and periods in history.