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At Rosehill Infant and Nursery School, Miss Barber is curriculum lead for Geography and History.

 

Our intent:

 

At Rosehill Infant & Nursery School we aim to deliver a history and geography curriculum with clear progression and aims throughout each year group. Using the Corner Stone’s curriculum which uses the national curriculum objectives, we aim to deliver seamless, creative, engaging and challenging sequences of lessons, in which the children regularly learn new skills whilst advancing on previously learnt ones each year.

History and geography are taught through various topics, some which focus heavily as its main focus and others that history and geography can be lent to through various cross curricular links. We aim to develop an inquisitive learner, one that is prepared to explore, take risks, make virtuous errors and ask questions about the past, and later evaluate how this affects the future. We implore children to take pride in their topic work books and to take ownership of the work they produce. Work is celebrated on displays and through achievement certificates in assembly.

 

We believe that:

 

  • Every child has the right to achieve their maximum potential without a pre-conceived limit being put on their ability and attainment.
  • The ability to succeed is not fixed and this is clear in both lesson design and class teaching.
  • All children should be given the opportunity to access the lesson regardless of previous attainment.
  • High expectations should be made clear to all learners.
  • Emphasising the high value of history and geography education to all staff, pupils, parents and carers is key to creating successful learners.
  • All staff should strive to improve their pedagogy when teaching history and geography where ever possible and feel supported by school and leadership.

 

Delivery of the curriculum:

 

History:

 

Nursery: Mrs Hodgkinson says “History in nursery is children demonstrating an understanding of the passive of time, such as following a routine and beginning to say ‘yesterday’ or ‘before I...’”

 

Reception: Mrs Rouse and Mrs Sangha say “History in reception is linking history to our own experiences of what has happened in the past in our own, as well as others, lives. We observe through different context changes over time and things from the past. We explore this in a cross curricular way and link this to our current learning.”

 

Year One: Miss Asia and Miss Barber say “History in year one is explorative of personal history with consistent use of language. It involves making comparisons between the old and new, teaching how things have changed and why. Year one history is a journey that moves from the personal to the history of important people from the past and the history of the world and local area.”

 

Year Two: Mrs Shah, Mrs Hardy and Mrs Wheeler say “History in year two is broad and balanced, inclusive, engaging and enriched to link the past with the present. This is achieved by bringing key famous people to life and explaining past invents and how they affect today.”

 

Geography

 

Nursery: Mrs Hodgkinson says “Geography in nursery is children confidently investigating and showing curiosity about their environment and the world around them. Children begin to make simple observations and ask questions.”

 

Reception: Mrs Rouse and Mrs Sangha say “Geography in reception is taught through hands on experiences and opportunities to explore the world around them, observing change, commenting and asking questions.”

 

Year One: Miss Asia and Miss Barber say “Geography in year one is a journey for children. It begins by looking at their own familiar surroundings and identifying its features and gently moves into exploring the rest of the world. Children get their first taste of becoming little worldwide explorers, learning about different parts of the world, continents, countries, animals and people and comparing them to their own lives.”

 

Year Two: Mrs Shah, Mrs Hardy and Mrs Wheeler say “Geography in year two is moving between physical and human geography and linking skills to the continents around the world, the local area and consistently using of technical vocabulary to describe and explain understanding.”

 

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