The aim of history teaching here at St Nicholas Primary School is to stimulate 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. In our school, history makes a significant contribution to citizenship education by teaching about how Britain developed as a democratic society. 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, by so doing, to develop the skills of enquiry, analysis, interpretation and problem-solving.
The aims of history in our school are:
- to foster in children an interest in the past and to develop an understanding that enables them to enjoy all that history has to offer;
- to enable children to know about significant events in British history and to appreciate how things have changed over time;
- to develop a sense of chronology;
- to know and understand how the British system of democratic government has developed and, in so doing, to contribute to a child’s citizenship education;
- to understand how Britain is part of a wider European culture and to study some aspects of European history;
- to have some knowledge and understanding of historical development in the wider world;
- to help children understand society and their place within it, so that they develop a sense of their cultural heritage;
- to develop in children the skills of enquiry, investigation, analysis, evaluation and presentation.
At St Nicholas school, our main aim when teaching History is to enable children to think as historians.
We do this by teaching History through a series of exciting and engaging topics as outlined in our medium term plans.
The study of geography involves children in exploring the relationship and interactions between people and the environments in which they live and upon which they depend. Many of the children who now attend our school will live to see the next century and live in a world of 11 billion people. The many opportunities and challenges that will arise during their lifetime will be very much about geography – personal, local, national and global. From adapting and mitigating the impact of climate change to predicting natural hazards such as tsunami and earthquakes to understanding the causes and effects of population migration around the world, our children will need to know about geography and think like geographers. Geography helps to prepare them for life in the 21st century with all of its currently unknown possibilities.
In terms of what we teach in geography and how we encourage and support our children to learn the subject, we seek to develop young geographers who are able to make links and connections between the natural world and human activity and to understand the kinds of questions geographers ask such as: Why is this place like it is? How is it changing and what will be the costs and benefits of these changes when they happen?
Here at St. Nicholas School we teach the children Geographical skills through both discrete and cross curricular topics as outlined in our medium term plans.
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