In Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2, we teach the National Curriculum for History and Geography through topics. As we have some mixed age classes, in order to avoid children repeating some topics, and missing out altogether on others, we work on a two-year cycle. This academic year (2020-2021), we are working from cycle A.
We use the ‘Reach Out’ curriculum as a basis for our history and geography teaching. We aim for the curriculum to inspire our children's curiosity and to foster an interest in these two subjects, which will remain with pupils for life.
We believe that it is important for the children to learn about the history of Britain, Europe and the wider world. Our knowledge of the past is developed through the study of ancient civilisations, key figures, world-changing events and through exploring the history of processes such as industrialisation and ideas such as Civil Rights.
History helps explain why our world, is as it is; why societies are diverse and why things change and knowledge of the past can help us tackle the challenges of the future.
At Christ the King we believe that studying geography stimulates an interest in the world around us. Through studying geography, we want our children to learn to question, to investigate and to think critically about the issues affecting our planet and people’s lives currently and in the future. Geography tells us where places are, explains how places and landscapes developed, how people interact with their environment and how we are all connected by our economies, societies and environments.
Children investigate places at all levels – from the personal through local area explorations in KS1- to the global, through studying population, migration, globalisation and energy and sustainability in KS2. Our children learn both in the classroom and outside, by undertaking field work and by using maps (including digital ones) to gather information.
We aim to make our children ‘global citizens’ who understand their responsibilities to other people, the world around them and the sustainability of Planet Earth.
In Nursery and Reception we teach the children, 'Knowledge and Understanding of the World'.
This includes: " similarities and differences in relation to places, objects, materials and living things... the features of their own immediate environment and how environments might vary from one another."
It encompasses History, Geography and Science.
What it means in practice is explained in the Department for Education's Guidance shown below.