History and geography
Geography and History in our school starts in Reception when we develop an understanding of the world. We want our children to be expert historians and geographers.
The aim of history teaching at FLAG is to stimulate the children’s interest, curiosity and understanding about the past. Through the curriculum pupils will gain a knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. We teach children a sense of chronology and through this develop a sense of identity and an awareness of the challenges of their time. Teaching should equip children to ask questions, think critically, weigh evidence and develop perspective and judgement. History teaching should help pupils to understand the complexity of pupil’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and the relationship between different groups.
Geography helps to prepare pupils for life in the 21st century with all of its currently unknown possibilities. In terms of what we teach in geography and how we encourage and support our pupils to learn the subject, we seek to develop young geographers who are able to make links and connections between the natural world and human activity and to understand the kind of questions geographers ask such as Why is this place like it is, how is it changing and what will be the costs and benefits of these changes when they happen? In addition we will ensure that what our pupils learn in Geography and how they learn it not only inspires and stretches them intellectually but also contributes to their spiritual, moral, cultural and physical development and helps to prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life in the 21st century.
Our philosophy relating to teaching these two subjects is based on David Weatherly’s ideas and values; there is always lots of emphasis on discovery, self-learning, peer discussion and investigating in a cross-curricular scheme. We want to take our children beyond what they are currently experiencing and increase cultural capital by implementing school trips, visitors, history walks and genuine artefacts into our lessons. ‘Progression’ is a key word for these two subjects as we want our children to ‘know more’ but also have ‘rich knowledge’ about a particular topic.