Humanities

History

Studying History gives children the opportunity to develop an understanding of why the world and its people are the way they are today. Children are encouraged to ask and answer questions, evaluate evidence and present points of view on what they have learnt.

By the end of Offmore Primary children will have a chronological understanding of British History from Stone Age to present day and will be able to draw comparisons and make connections between different time periods and their own lives. 

 

  To be a Historian at Offmore Primary means you have:

  • An excellent knowledge and understanding of people, events, and contexts from a range of historical periods and of historical concepts and processes.
  • The ability to think critically about history and communicate ideas very confidently in styles appropriate to a range of audiences.
  • The ability to consistently support, evaluate and challenge their own and others’ views using detailed, appropriate and accurate historical evidence derived from a range of sources.
  • The ability to think, reflect, debate, discuss and evaluate the past, formulating and refining questions and lines of enquiry.
  • A passion for history and an enthusiastic engagement in learning, which develops their sense of curiosity about the past and their understanding of how and why people interpret the past in different ways.
  • A respect for historical evidence and the ability to make robust and critical use of it to support their explanations and judgments.
  • A desire to embrace challenging activities, including opportunities to undertake high-quality research across a range of history topics

How is History taught at Offmore Primary?

In Early years activities are panned in relation to “Understanding the world” The children’s progress and achievements are assessed against The Early Learning Goals at the end of Reception. History in the early years is very much focused on the memories of the child. They may be asked to remember a special event or routine or custom for their family. They will talk about differences between different family members or different generations. Activities are planned in a cross curricular way through topic areas that are engaging and enjoyable.

During key stage one and two, History is used to develop children’s chronological understanding using appropriate vocabulary and identifying different ways that the past is presented. Each History topic is carefully planned to allow regular opportunities for extended writing too.  Based on the historical content they have been focusing on that unit, children will produce pieces of quality writing which are then marked according to our literacy guidelines.  This enables them to use the vocabulary they have learnt creatively as well as familiarising them further with the range of writing types and genres they cover throughout the school.  This is also an opportunity to consolidate writing skills and reapply them in an alternative and more independent context, this type of activity also allows the children to put themselves in the shoes of the historical characters they are learning about and approach their learning from a different perspective.

At Offmore Primary History is enhanced with a range of different sources including, stories, artefacts, written accounts, visitors, themed days, hands on experiences and trips as well as family learning opportunities. 

History is assessed against the Offmore Primary curriculum progression document which reflects the National Curriculum objectives.

Progression in Skills for History

Further support and useful websites

Here are some fantastic websites you can visit to help you learn about the past...

https://www.britishmuseum.org/learning.aspx

https://www.geffrye-museum.org.uk/learning/walk-through-a-victorian-house/walk-through/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/interactive/games/mummy_maker/index.shtml

http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/interactive/games/viking_quest/index_embed.shtml

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/primaryhistory/famouspeople/

http://www.stalbansmuseums.org.uk/historyhunt/

http://www.schoolsliaison.org.uk/kids/bombdamage.htm

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/dynamo/history/stepback.shtml

http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/forkids/

http://www.primaryhomeworkhelp.co.uk/history/

Geography

Geography is a rich and diverse subject that gives children the opportunity to learn about diverse places, people, resources, environments and the effect of mankind. It inspires a curiosity and fascination about the world from an early age and fosters enthusiasm and a passion for learning.

To be a Geographer at Offmore Primary means you have:

  • An excellent knowledge of where places are and what they are like.
  • An excellent understanding of the ways in which places are interdependent and interconnected and how much human and physical environments are interrelated.
  • An extensive base of geographical knowledge and vocabulary.
  • Fluency in complex, geographical enquiry and the ability to apply questioning skills and use effective analytical and presentational techniques.
  • The ability to reach clear conclusions and develop a reasoned argument to explain findings.
  • Significant levels of originality, imagination or creativity as shown in interpretations and representations of the subject matter.
  • Highly developed and frequently utilised fieldwork and other geographical skills and techniques.
  • A passion for and commitment to the subject, and a real sense of curiosity to find out about the world and the people who live there.
  • The ability to express well-balanced opinions, rooted in very good knowledge and understanding about current and contemporary issues in society and the environment

How is Geography taught at Offmore Primary?

In Early Years activities are planned in relation to ‘Understanding the world’ Childrens progress and achievements re assessed against the Early Learning Goals at the end of Reception. The activities are planned in a cross curricular way through topic areas that are engaging and enjoyable.  Children will learn through first-hand experiences to explore, observe, problem solve, predict, think critically, make decisions and talk about the creatures, people, plants and objects in their natural environments.  Children learn about seasons, the weather, features in the local area and the buildings that surround them. Offmore Early Years spend time in the forest area every week, which enhances their understanding of the environment. They ask fascinating questions about the environment and become familiar with key vocabulary of the natural world.

At key stage one and two Geography is taught through cross curricular topics. Links are made between other subjects including, English, Science, computing, Art, DT and maths. Children are encouraged to develop location and place knowledge in relation to both the UK and The World. They will learn about weather patterns in the United Kingdom and hot and cold areas of the world. For human and physical geography, Children will be taught to describe and understand key aspects of geography, for example: climate zones, rivers, mountains, volcanoes, earthquakes, the water cycle, types of settlement, economic activity and the distribution of natural resources.

At Offmore Primary the Geography curriculum is enhanced through a range of sources such as maps, globes, diagrams, and photographs as well as visitors, fieldwork, trips and themed days.

Geography is assessed against the curriculum progression document which reflects the National Curriculum objectives.

Further support and useful websites

The BBC Bitesize websites link to videos, games and information a wide range of geographical knowledge:

The Geographical Association is the leading organisation supporting geographical teacher in the UK. Their resources are available at:

The Royal Geographical Society has also published a wealth of resources to help teachers and parents:

 Progression in Skills in Geography