We aim to engage the children’s interest and understanding about the life of people who lived in the past. We teach children a sense of chronology, and through this they develop a sense of identity and a cultural understanding based on their historical heritage. Thus they learn to value their own and other people’s cultures in modern multicultural Britain and, by considering how people lived in the past, they are better able to make their own life choices today. We teach children to understand how events in the past have influenced our lives today; we also teach them to investigate these past events and celebrate notable events and by so doing, to develop the skills of enquiry, analysis, interpretation and problem-solving.
The aims of history in our school are to ensure that all pupils:
- know and understand the history of these islands as a coherent, chronological narrative, from 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 aim to provide high-quality geography education that inspires pupils’ curiosity and a fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. Teaching equips 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 will 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.
Curriculum Content of Geography
In key stage 1 and 2, children will develop their skills in four main areas, of locational knowledge, place knowledge, human and physical geography and geographical skills and fieldwork. Within this we aim for the children to leave Sinai with a good knowledge of the UK and the world.
There is an emphasis on map work with children in key stage 1 knowing about their immediate location – the classroom, the school and the local area. Moving into key stage 2, having a good knowledge of the UK, Europe and then the world.
Our role is to ensure that children develop knowledge and understanding about the world. They should be able to use geographical vocabulary to express ideas and explain their thoughts. They will also develop their use of geographical tools and skills to enhance their understanding of locational and place knowledge.
Current Humanities Practice
Sinai are currently working on a 2 week timetable. Children have an explicit lesson one week and a humanities lesson linked to ICT the follow week.
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