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   Geography & History   


Within the Foundation stage, these two subjects are taught under the title of Knowledge and Understanding of the World. The children discuss and investigate places and people around the world. The key skills that are taught are then extended as the pupils move up the school.
Within Key Stage 1 and 2 History and Geography are taught within the Creative Curriculum. This encompasses various topics each year which are taught in block periods. We offer a wide range of activities with specific objectives in mind which are related to the programmes of study in the National Curriculum. These plans ensure continuity and progression across all three Key Stages.
History encourages children to look critically at times in the past and use the information gathered to reflect on how things have changed, how they can be improved upon and the impact that these events will have on the future. This is done using photographs, artefacts, pictures, visiting places such as the Black Country Museum or Hams Hall, and inviting theatre groups in to enhance the children's understanding. Geography considers where we live through learning about our immediate locality and countries around the world. At times this includes topics on Conservation, Sustainability and the Environment. Many resources are used such as maps, photographs, globes, graphs and tables. We endeavour to develop an enquiring mind through investigative work, discussion, observation and, where possible, fieldwork.
The Creative Curriculum means that teachers can use their professional judgement to determine the length of time that is spent on each topic. There are, however, many objectives for each topic that need to be taught to ensure the outcomes are met. These objectives for each year group are taught within the time frame allowed for their topic. It is an exciting way for all the pupils to really study a topic in great detail !
Click here to see how the Creative Curriculum works across the whole school