Children are taught through an enquiry-based approach to apply the skills they have learned to develop an understanding of the world around them as they study different places and times. They use mind maps and individual Learning Journey Portfolios to record their learning and they also make class Learning Journal to demonstrate the activities that they have undertaken in Geography and History lessons.
Both Geography and History subjects are taught as topics and are linked to other curriculum areas. As well as the knowledge that the children gain of the place or time that they are studying, the also develop their skills in each area. In History, these skills include: chronological understanding, historical enquiry and historical interpretation. In Geography, these skills include: Location and mapping skills, human and physical features and field work.
We make excellent use of our local environment and find opportunities for children to experience local visits across all year groups, whilst continuing to be guided by the latest government guidance on ensuring that protective measures are in place to proceed safely with visits.
At Eliot Bank our curriculum is developed to represent a diverse range of individuals and histories. We ensure that the curriculum provides experiences that are rooted in a local context, so that pupils have first-hand experiences and knowledge of their locality. We are committed to making the learning personally meaningful to the children we teach.
We regularly review the curriculum to make sure that it is both creative and relevant to our children. The children are involved in making decisions about how they learn about a topic and how they then present that learning.
Catherine Olivier, Humanities Team Leader