History and Geography

Geography

Here at Raddlebarn Primary School we offer the opportunity for all children to receive a high-quality geography education which inspires in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. Teaching should equip pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with an understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes.

Their growing knowledge about the world should help them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation of environments.

Throughout their time at Raddlebarn all the children will be supported to develop an understanding of the world around them and their impact upon it to help to create a good knowledge base for the future.

History

At Raddlebarn we know that history is about real people who lived, and real events which happened in the past. History is concerned with sequence, time and chronology and is the study of evidence about the past; it gives us a sense of identity, set within our social, political, cultural and economic relationships. At Raddlebarn, we believe our history curriculum fires the children’s curiosity about the past in Britain and the wider world and plays an essential part in preparing us for living and working in the contemporary world. Our pupils consider how the past influences the present, what past societies were like, how these societies organised their politics, and what beliefs and cultures influenced people’s actions. As they do this, children develop a chronological framework for their knowledge of significant events and people. Raddlebarn children, see the diversity of human experience and understand more about themselves as individuals and members of society. What they learn can influence their decisions about personal choices, attitudes and values.

At Raddlebarn Primary School we are committed to providing all children with learning opportunities to engage in history.  Raddlebarn uses a variety of teaching and learning styles in history lessons. Our principal aim is to develop the children’s knowledge, skills and understanding in history and we use a variety of teaching and learning styles in our history lessons. We believe in whole-class teaching methods and combine these with enquiry-based research activities. We believe children learn best when they have access to, and are able to handle artefacts.

In Key Stage 2, classes enjoy a visit from Timezone, where children are able to step back in time and live as a Viking, and immerse themselves into that era. In Key Stage 1, children go on visits to museums and places of interest, such as Western park and the Back to Backs. We have visitors from local schools who are able to share their expert knowledge with the class through are variety of secondary sources.

The children undertake a broad and balanced programme that takes account of abilities, aptitudes and physical, emotional and intellectual development. Through history the children learn a range of skills, concepts, attitudes and methods of working.