Chelsfield Primary School

Humanities

History

Intent

Our aim at Chelsfield Primary School is to encourage our children to develop an appreciation and understanding of history and how it has shaped our world today. We ensure that our history education is inclusive for every child. It is our intent to inspire our pupils’ curiosity to ask questions and know more about Britain’s past and that of the wider world. We want our children to become historians who are enthusiastic and curious learners who can reflect on the past and make links to the present day. Our aim is to deliver a history curriculum that covers the required subject knowledge, skills and understanding as set out in the National Curriculum. Our intent is to intrigue and interest our children in history, whilst also meeting the needs of all backgrounds, cultures and abilities. Our topics aim to ensure that our children gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s history, their locality and the history of the wider world. We visit recurring themes such as settlement, migration and religion; this knowledge will enable our children to engage in debate about what is happening today and use the past to inform their opinions. Through the topics we teach, the children will develop an understanding of how we know about the past through examining primary and secondary sources and learning to consider their utility and reliability.

 

Implementation

Our curriculum is taught in blocks throughout the year, so that our pupils achieve depth in their learning. These blocks are designed to enable pupils to acquire a rich web of knowledge as our sequencing and selection of units builds on previous topics and feeds forward to future learning. In Reception, we follow the ‘New EYFS Framework’ and humanities is covered in ‘Understanding of the World’. The learning goals are – Past and Present, People, Culture and Communities and The Natural World. In Key Stage 1, the focus is on the world around them and their living memory before moving to events that go beyond living history.  In Key Stage 2, pupils continue to develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of British, local and world history, establishing clear narratives within and across the periods they study.

 

We are incredibly fortunate that our school is located in an original Victorian building and we celebrate and use this great resource to enhance our children’s learning about the Victorian period and changes over time.

 

Impact

Through this high quality first teaching of history, we will see the impact of the subject in various ways. Children will have developed enquiry skills that will enable them to pursue their own interests and become critical and analytical thinkers. Their learning in class will also allow them to successfully complete research independently during their homework projects. They will have an increasing awareness of how history has shaped our world and an interest in knowing more about the past in addition to appreciating the complexity and diversity of human societies and development. 



Geography

 

Intent

 

At Chelsfield Primary School we aim to develop learners who have a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people. We develop the children’s knowledge of our planet’s important physical and geographical features. Our aim is to deliver a geography curriculum that covers the required subject knowledge, skills and understanding as set out in the National Curriculum to enable the children to have a good understanding of the wider world and their place in it. We want our children to become geographers who can think about their place in the world; their values, their rights and responsibilities to other people and to the environment. Our intent is to intrigue and interest our children in geography, whilst also meeting the needs of all backgrounds, cultures and abilities. We aim to equip our pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people resources and natural and human environments. The children have access to a range of sources in order to investigate and interpret geographical information for themselves. This could be through use of atlases, computing technology, or fieldwork. This therefore allows them to deepen their own understanding through context, discovery and discussion.

 

Implementation

Our curriculum is taught in blocks throughout the year, so that our pupils achieve depth in their learning. These blocks are designed to enable pupils to acquire a rich web of knowledge as our sequencing and selection of units builds on previous topics and feeds forward to future learning. 

In Reception, we follow the ‘New EYFS Framework’ and humanities is covered in ‘Understanding of the World’. The learning goals are – People, Culture and Communities and The Natural World. In Key Stage 1 our pupils develop knowledge about the world, the United Kingdom and their locality. They will begin an understanding of basic subject-specific vocabulary relating to human and physical geography. In Key Stage 2 our pupils begin to extend their knowledge and understanding beyond the local area to include the United Kingdom and Europe, North and South America. They learn about the location and characteristics of a range of the world’s most significant human and physical features.

 

Impact

When children leave Chelsfield we expect them to have a thorough base of understanding across a range of Geography topics. This includes understanding where countries, cities, towns, rivers, mountains, oceans and continents are in the World, and the map and atlas skills to support this. The children will also have knowledge of peoples’ lives in different countries or areas, how the World has changed geographically over time, how certain natural disasters occur and how we can care for our planet to maintain its wonderful features.