Geography & History
At Leftwich, we provide a high quality history curriculum that has been carefully designed and sequenced to equip our children with a secure coherent knowledge about British, local and world history. Curriculum content is knowledge and vocabulary rich, in a sequenced chronological order, allowing children to develop their understanding of substantive and abstract concepts as they move through school. Our curriculum reflects our locality and endeavours to ensure children are knowledgeable about their locality’s history and the changes it has seen. Children are encouraged to ask and explore historically valid questions in order to develop their disciplinary skills and report their findings by drawing on skills from across the curriculum. Children will leave Leftwich being knowledgeable about key people, events and time periods from the past and will weave these together to form an overarching historical narrative.
Each unit in our overview is underpinned by planning that ensures curriculum content is rich in substantive knowledge and ambitious vocabulary, whilst also ensuring children are developing their skills for historical enquiry. Each unit of work is planned carefully to ensure concepts are taught in an appropriate order to support children's understanding.
Our schemes of work are refined yearly, but maintain a consistent knowledge base to ensure conceptual progression through the school - these are the golden threads through which history is taught. These are introduced in key stage 1, where appropriate, and then used throughout key stage 2.
The Golden Threads for history are: Social hierachy; Land use (housing and settlements); Economy and conflict and Ideology. These threads are introdued at key stage 1 where appropriate as building blocks for future learning as they move onto the next phase.
Through their work in geography, children learn about their local area and compare their life in this area with that in other regions in the United Kingdom and in the rest of the world. They learn how to draw and interpret maps and they develop the skills of research, investigation, analysis and problem-solving. Through their growing knowledge and understanding of human geography, children gain an appreciation of life in other cultures. Geography teaching also motivates children to find out about the physical world and enables them to recognize the importance of sustainable development for the future of mankind.
Through our golden threads for geography we aim:
•to enable children to gain knowledge & understanding of places in the world and of how places can change;
•to increase children’s knowledge of other cultures and, in so doing, teach a respect and understanding of what it means to be a positive citizen in a multi-cultural country;
•to allow children to learn graphic skills, including how to use, draw and interpret maps;
•to enable children to know and understand environmental problems at a local, regional and global level;
•to encourage in children a commitment to sustainable development and an appreciation of what ‘global citizenship’ means;
•to develop a variety of other skills, including those of enquiry, problem solving, ICT, investigation and how to present their conclusions in the most appropriate way.
The Golden Threads for geography are: Mapping; Contrasting locations; Changes (past and present) and Sustainability.