History and Geography

History

‘To gain knowledge and understanding of the past’


Intent:

At Holt Farm Junior School, we encourage pupils to develop an appreciation and understanding of the past, evaluating a range of primary and secondary sources. Our historians will be able to explain clearly how these sources give us an insight about how people around the world used to live and how these interpretations may differ. Children will be taught to make links between these areas of learning, with the aim of developing engaged, motivated and curious learners that can reflect on the past and make meaningful links to the present day. Gaining knowledge of the past where children get to build on their learning progressively throughout their time at Holt Farm Junior School will develop knowledge and skills that are transferable to their further education and beyond. Our intent is that the children will leave us with a good knowledge of the units they have covered, the skills to lead their own future learning and be inspired to do so.

Implementation:


Our History curriculum has been designed to provide children with knowledge that has been set out in the National Curriculum. The National Curriculum states that ‘a high-quality history education will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. It should inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past.’ To ensure that children develop a secure knowledge that they can build on, our History curriculum is organised chronologically and focuses on: chronological understanding, rulers and ruled, everyday life, cause and consequence, interpretation, inquiry and using sources.

Although we teach history as a separate curriculum subject we often make cross-curricular links which allow the children time to immerse themselves in their learning. To bring our history units to life teachers use linked texts where possible in our English work and plan educational trips, invite visitors or plan their own themed days to allow the children to gain both memorable experiences and opportunities to learn even more.

Marking and assessment: Teachers use a range of strategies to evaluate the children’s work inline with our Feedback Policy and then use this to inform assessment judgements. Each unit starts with a knowledge harvest, inquiry activity or a quiz where we explore what children know and what they would like or need to find out. Throughout the year, we provide opportunities to compare and consolidate previous learning through 'Meanwhile- Elsewhere' activities and the chance to deepen their knowledge and understanding by looking at the periods of history that they have covered at Holt Farm Junior School. We track the progress and attainment of the children as they complete the curriculum and ensure we cover all objectives through our long and medium term planning. Teachers make judgements for children against given assessment strands (I know statements) so that their attainment and progress can be tracked.

Intended Impact:

Our History units have a high profile at Holt Farm and our pupil voice surveys show that the children find them fun and engaging. It is often their history trips and lessons that are recalled as their favourites during their time at the school. Children will experience a range of ways to explore their world and acquire the necessary skills, terminology and understanding to explain it. Children at Holt Farm make good progress in History with a significant number achieving greater depth.

At HFJS pupils will:

  • Gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world.

  • Receive high-quality teaching inspiring a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives.

  • Be curious to know more about the past.

  • Ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement.

  • Understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time.

  • Understand the methods of historical enquiry, including how evidence is used rigorously to make historical claims, and discern how and why contrasting arguments and interpretations of the past have been constructed

  • Know how people’s lives have shaped this nation and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world

  • Gain and deploy a historically grounded understanding of abstract terms such as ‘empire’, ‘civilisation’ and ‘parliament’

  • Gain historical perspective by placing their growing knowledge into different contexts

Geography

‘Understanding of the world in which they live through the study of place, space and environment’


Intent:

At Holt Farm Junior School, our Geography curriculum is designed to develop children’s curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. Children investigate a range of places – both in Britain and abroad – to help develop their knowledge and understanding of the Earth’s physical and human processes. We are committed to providing children with opportunities to investigate and make enquiries about their local area and place in the world so that they can develop a real sense of who they are, their heritage and what makes our local area unique and special. We also develop the children’s ability to apply geographical knowledge to confidently communicate their findings and geographical understanding to a range of audiences.

Implementation:


Our Geography curriculum has been designed to provide children with knowledge that has been set out in the National Curriculum. To ensure that children develop a secure knowledge that they can build on, our Geography curriculum re-visits the following threads: Knowledge of Skills and Fieldwork, Knowledge of Location, Knowledge of Human Geography and Knowledge of Physical Geography.

Marking and assessment: Teachers use a range of strategies to evaluate the children’s work inline with our Feedback Policy and then use this to inform assessment judgements. Each unit starts with a knowledge harvest, inquiry activity or a quiz where we explore what children know and what they would like or need to find out. Throughout the year, we provide opportunities to compare and consolidate previous learning and the chance to deepen their knowledge and understanding by looking at contrasting locations and make connections between the units that they have covered. We track the progress and attainment of the children as they complete the curriculum and ensure we cover all objectives through our long and medium term planning. Teachers make judgements for children against given assessment strands (I know statements) so that their attainment and progress can be tracked.

Intended Impact:

Our Geography units have a high profile at Holt Farm and our pupil voice surveys show that the children find them fun and engaging. Children will experience a range of ways to explore their world and acquire the necessary skills, terminology and understanding to explain it. Children at Holt Farm make good progress in Geography with a significant number achieving greater depth.

At HFJS pupils will:

  • Teaching should equip pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes.

  • Understand the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments.

  • Become competent in the geographical skills needed to: collect, analyse and communicate with a range of data gathered through experiences of fieldwork.

  • interpret a range of sources of geographical information, including maps, diagrams, globes, aerial photographs and Geographical Information Systems.

  • Communicate their learning in a range or format.