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Byron Court Primary School

Believe, Achieve

Spencer Road, North Wembley, Middlesex HA0 3SF

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Humanities

 

History and Geography @ Byron Court

At Byron Court, History and Geography is taught through a Creative curriculum. We adopt a topic based approach for a range of subjects including Art, Design Technology, History and Geography.  The key subject skills are taught whilst studying a theme.

We believe a high-quality history education will help pupils to gain deep knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. We aim to inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past. Through teaching we equip pupils to ask perceptive questions, to think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments and develop perspective and judgement. History helps pupils to understand 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 times.

The national curriculum for history aims that all pupils:

 

  • know and understand the history of these islands as a coherent, the earliest times to the present day: how people’s lives have shaped this nation and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world
  • know and understand significant aspects of the history of the wider world: the nature of ancient civilisations; the expansion and dissolution of empires; characteristic features of past non-European societies; achievements and follies of mankind
  • gain and deploy a historically grounded understanding of abstract terms such as ‘empire’, ‘civilisation’, ‘parliament’ and ‘peasantry’
  • understand historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance, and use them to make connections, draw contrasts, analyse trends, frame historically valid questions and create their own structured accounts, including written narratives and analyses
  • 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
  • gain historical perspective by placing their growing knowledge into different contexts: understanding the connections between local, regional, national and international history; between cultural, economic, military, political, religious and social history; and between short- and long-term timescales

 

We believe a high-quality geography education should inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. Through teaching we 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. As pupils progress, their growing knowledge about the world should help them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments. Geographical knowledge, understanding and skills provide the frameworks and approaches that explain how the Earth’s features at different scales are shaped, interconnected and change over time.

The national curriculum for geography aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • develop contextual knowledge of the location of globally significant places – both terrestrial and marine – including their defining physical and human characteristics and how these provide a geographical context for understanding the actions of processes
  • understand the processes that give rise to key physical and human geographical features of the world, how these are interdependent and how they bring about variation and change over time
  • are competent in the geographical skills needed to:
    • collect, analyse and communicate with a range of data gathered through experiences of fieldwork that deepen their understanding of geographical processes
    • interpret a range of sources of geographical information, including maps, diagrams, globes, aerial photographs and Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
    • communicate geographical information in a variety of ways, including through maps, numerical and quantitative skills and writing at length

 

Curriculum Map for History and Geography:

 

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

Aut 1

Me and my History

Great Fire of London

Stone Age to Iron Age  Britain

Romans

Anglo-Saxons and Vikings

Ancient Greeks

Aut 2

Bonfire Night

Great Fire of London

Stone Age to Iron Age Britain

Romans

Anglo-Saxons and Vikings

Ancient Greeks

Spr 1

Transport

Passport to the World

Mountains, Volcanoes and Earthquakes

Ancient Egyptians

 

Brazil and Rainforests

Mayans

Spr 2

Transport

Contrasting localities-London and Madagascar

Study a region of the UK

 

Ancient Egyptians

 

Brazil and Rainforests

Mayans

Sum 1

UK

Comparing two historical people

London (including Wembley)

Coasts, rivers, settlements, climates and trade links

Crime and punishment

UK and Spain comparison

Sum 2

UK

Comparing two historical people

London (including Wembley)

Coasts, rivers, settlements, climates and trade links

Crime and punishment

UK and Spain comparison

 

 

 

Additional Info:

To further enrich the children’s learning we have visitors and workshops to the school as well as visits to Museums, places of interest and fieldwork.