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History and Geography Curriculum

Geography Curriculum Statement

Intent

At Hillyfield Primary Academy, Geography is a vital part of the curriculum as it encourages children to be curious about the world around them and its citizens. 

Children are taught to develop a greater understanding and knowledge of the world and their place in it. The Geography curriculum at Hillyfield enables children to develop knowledge and skills that are transferable to other curriculum areas such as Maths, Science and PSHE. Geography is an investigative subject, which develops understanding of concepts, knowledge and skills. We seek to inspire in children a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people which will remain with them for the rest of their lives; to promote the children’s interest and understanding of diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. We believe this information will help the children develop an appreciation for the natural world and living things that are crucial in this day and age.

 

Implementation

From reception right through to year 6, children will acquire a knowledge of the world’s environments, locally, nationally and internationally, as well as processes that create and change the structures on Earth. Students will learn a new Geography unit every half term which has been carefully planned out with a view of teaching them about the broad experiences of people and places across the globe and locally. The geographical knowledge gained throughout primary school will help the children to explain features of the world including how they were formed, how they are interconnected, and how they have changed over time.

Children will learn about the wonders of the subject through the website Oddizzi. They will be given usernames and passwords so they can have access to quizzes and information at home.

 

History Curriculum Statement

Intent

History is an important subject within the Hillyfield curriculum. Being situated in Walthamstow and London,  the local area's own rich history is celebrated during local history month in May and throughout our diverse and rich topics. The history curriculum at Hillyfield ensures that children are exposed to the disciplinary themes of cause and consequence, change and continuity, similarity and difference, significance, evidence and interpretations. When covering each of these strands, the content will be carefully organised by each year group through a long term plan carefully thought through by the teachers and supervised by the Curriculum Leads.

Enquiry is at the heart of Hillyfield’s history curriculum and every half term children will learn about a new historical period with an overarching enquiry question that they will start to answer over the course of the lessons. Children are taught to be historians and critically evaluate sources they are presented with. Lessons are made even more exciting and engaging with the presence of artefacts and trips to many of London’s exciting museums and trips - these leave unforgettable memories for the children. 

Implementation 

All learning with a hook lesson which can include exploring artefacts, inviting in visitors, dressing up and visiting historic sites. Children will then begin to explore their enquiry questions throughout the course of their unit of learning. Teachers will teach explicitly the subject-specific vocabulary, knowledge and skills relevant to the learning to allow them to integrate new knowledge into larger concepts. 

Exciting visual working walls in every classroom provide constant help for children. Specific vocabulary is displayed on the learning wall along with key facts and questions, and model examples of the work being taught. 

Weekly curriculum quizzes are used to review learning and check that children know more and remember more. History assessment is ongoing to inform teachers with planning lesson activities and differentiation. Summative assessment is completed at the end of each topic where teachers plan a range of activities to test what the children have learned, these take the form of activities such as: quizzes, exhibitions, debates, timelines and so on.

 

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