History & Geography
We have developed a bespoke knowledge-rich curriculum which gives children access to broad knowledge in Geography and History. Our well sequenced programme builds knowledge and vocabulary in a well thought out sequential way and ensures that learning is remembered for the long term.
In History, the ‘Connected History’ scheme of learning provides the basis for our lessons. It has been carefully designed to provide a coherent and progressive programme which engages and motivates the children, encouraging them to see the world through the eyes of young historians.
We believe that the central purpose or rationale of history is to enable children to understand how events in the past have contributed to shaping the world in which they live today and how gaining such awareness can contribute to building a more informed and sustainable society in the future. Therefore, our history lessons, in line with Connected History, support all children to work historically through an enquiry based, investigative approach. Each enquiry unit taught follows the following principles:
- Applying skills and processes to finding, organising, selecting, analysing, critiquing and interpreting primary and secondary sources of evidence.
- Pursuing a line of enquiry to answer a valid historical question.
- Revisiting, reviewing and linking prior knowledge and learning.
- Constructing and communicating new knowledge and understanding.
- Grasping key concepts, generalisations and abstract ideas.
- Generating further questions to investigate.
We believe that Geography helps to provoke and provide answers to questions about the natural and human aspects of the world. Children are encouraged to develop a greater understanding and knowledge of the world, as well as their place in it. .
Geography is, by nature, an investigative subject, which develops an understanding of concepts, knowledge and skills. We seek to inspire in children a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people which will remain with them for the rest of their lives; to promote the children’s interest and understanding of diverse places, both terrestrial and marine, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. We intend to equip our children with geographical skills including being able to collect, analyse and communicate a range of data gathered through experiences of fieldwork, and to interpret sources of geographical information.
The curriculum is designed to develop knowledge and skills that are progressive, as well as transferable, throughout their time at Finedon schools, and also to their further education and beyond.
We have high expectations for what children will know and remember in each subject. See the overviews for further information.