At Southborough C of E Primary School we aim to broaden children’s knowledge of the world around them by building an understanding of how people, places and time have shaped the environment that surrounds them today. From this they can become positive influencers in progressing their environment and developing their own future. We aim all children to approach the curriculum with an enquiry and skills based manner. Each new topic is launched with an open, analytical question to entice. The question therefore gives context to all geographical and historical learning that follows and allows the children to apply their learned knowledge and skills when developing a range of possible answers through the term.
The national curriculum for History aims to ensure that all pupils:
The national curriculum for Geography aims to ensure that all pupils:
At Southborough the school follows the National Curriculum Programme of Study document for History and Geography, which lays down a variety of approaches applicable to each unit of study. In this way all skills are covered and developed according to the requirements and it is left to the teacher to identify his/her area of focus and to consider how best to deliver these sessions; taking into account all types of learning models. Both History and Geography are delivered in a variety of ways to engage the children in their topic. Each term, a year group will focus on either History or Geography but in some cases both can be taught in one term. To further engage the children we use an overarching question for the term's topic to help build up knowledge for the children to answer at the end of the term.
As Geography and History is within the field of the Humanities, discrete sessions are recorded in the students’ Blue books. However, the cross-curricular nature of the subject allows for historical and geographical content to be delivered through other subjects (e.g. English, Maths, Science etc.).
Teachers assess children’s historical and geographical knowledge, understanding and skills through observations of the children during lessons. Children are given both verbal and written feedback, where appropriate, to extend their learning and challenge the children.
In-line with Southborough’s SEN Policy and ethos, Geography and History lessons and activities are designed and planned to include all children through a range of approaches: inclusive questioning, universal use of equipment, together with mixed-ability groupings to enable peer support is utilised and challenged throughout the teaching and learning of Geography and History. Furthermore, lessons are planned to facilitate the identification of children at all attainment ranges within each class.
The learning climate and culture at Southborough offers a multitude of opportunities to cover and embrace British and Christian Values. For example, the Values of ‘Mutual Respect’ and ‘Perseverance' are concepts that can be addressed directly through both Geography and History as children listen and discuss their ideas with their peers whilst working throughout their lessons.