History and Geography
At Kippax Ash Tree Primary School, we want all our pupils to have a rich understanding of the history deeply linked to their local area. We believe that this will help them develop an understanding of their locality before extending out into the wider world. We want all of our children to be inquisitive and curious about the world so that they will ask questions, make connections and develop their ideas and perspectives.
We believe that History should give children a voice so they can explore their learning and be able to communicate their thoughts. We want to support children so they can evaluate and challenge their own and others’ views using historical evidence from a range of sources. We strive to spark their imagination and for them to wonder about the past and how this will shape and impact their futures. All of our children will be able to access a variety of different History experiences which will stay with them throughout their lives. This will include hands on, practical lessons where children can play, touch and see things from the past. We also immerse children as much as possible into the real world through visitors, trips and history days. These experiences allow for successful progression of History knowledge and skills which will be underpinned with spiritual, moral, social and cultural learning.
At Kippax Ash Tree, History is taught in subject specific lessons, where children are immersed in History and learn valuable and transferable skills which are developed over the year. Where possible, we also have strong cross curricular links to other subjects such as SMSC to link History to their own lives and explore their own heritage. We plan each topic over a half term with clear progression of skills over the year. Through this, we want children to leave our school at year 6 with a chronological understanding of British history. As we want children to have a voice and a choice during the planning process, children are involved in asking questions about a given topic so we can dig deeper into what they would like to learn about. Our teaching and learning is focused around the investigation of engaging questions for the children to explore and answer throughout their learning. By giving children a voice, we want them to be confident in the use of History vocabulary and language which is modeled clearly to them in lessons and often taught specifically where needed. Clear consideration is given as to where we can challenge and extend the learning for our greater depth children as is support for children who also need it. In each classroom, a learning journey is created as a display so that children can track the learning they have made over the half term. This is also used to help them answer key questions at the end of the half term.
Through creative, hands-on lessons, we hope that children will become increasing aware of how historical events have shaped the world that they live in and have a good understanding of History both on a local level and wider scale. We hope that by making lessons memorable and engaging, children will retain prior learning and make connections between what they have learnt and what they are currently learning. We know that by giving children a voice during history lessons, they are able to speak out about their thoughts and begin to make judgments and think critically about the past. Children’s learning will be documented through the use of personal exercise books, big class books and though videos and pictures to allow for a broad History curriculum.
“An understanding of the natural world and what's in it is a source of not only a great curiosity, but great fulfillment.” - David Attenborough
At Kippax Ash Tree, we believe that Geography lays down foundations to spark curiosity about our world’s varying environments, starting right here in Kippax and then into the wider world.
We believe in providing stimulating experiences for Geography which provoke and provide answers to questions about the natural and human aspects of the world. Successful Geography experiences ignite children’s curiosity and awe about the places they know well, as well as the wider world. We seek to inspire a fascination about the world and its people through rich and exciting Geography experiences that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. Such experiences allow for successful progression of Geography knowledge and skills.
Children are encouraged to develop a greater understanding and knowledge of the world, as well as their place in it through a progressive Geography skill-based curriculum. The geography curriculum at Kippax Ash Tree enables children to gain and then progress knowledge and skills that are transferable to other curriculum areas and which can and are used to promote their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
Geography is, by nature, an investigative subject which develops an understanding of concepts, knowledge and skills. This is why it is so important to practise our Geography skills hands on and to have experiences within the outdoor environment to gain a strong and nurturing relationship with our natural surroundings. It develops empathy towards our natural world and a desire to understand its history and how to protect now and in the future.
The curriculum is designed to develop knowledge and skills that are progressive, as well as transferable, throughout their time at Kippax Ash Tree, further education and beyond.
At Kippax Ash Tree, Geography is taught through subject specific skills and within cross-curricular topics each half term with progression throughout year groups, so that children can achieve depth in their learning. Consideration is given to how greater depth will be taught, learnt and demonstrated within each lesson, as well as how learners will be supported in line with the school’s commitment to inclusion. This is done through assessment of children’s application of skills in lessons- learning is scaffolded for all children as a result. Cross curricular outcomes in geography are specifically planned for, with strong links between geography and literacy lessons identified, planned for and utilised. The local area of Kippax is fully utilised to achieve the desired outcomes, with extensive opportunities for learning outside the classroom.
Outcomes in Humanities Class Books, individual Geography books and shared photographic and videoed evidence demonstrate a broad and balanced geography curriculum and reflect children’s acquisition of identified key knowledge. Children are actively encouraged to review their own learning and identify their own target areas, with these being identified, shared and verified by teachers as necessary. Children also record what they have learned comparative to their starting points at the end of every topic. As children progress throughout the school, they develop a deepened knowledge, understanding an appreciation of Kippax and its place within the wider geographical context. Such engagement within the local community has had a large impact on the children’s geographical understanding.