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Humanities

Bringing the past and the world to your child's desk
 
We are excited to be following a new creative curriculum this year here at Our Lady Queen of Heaven, where we are welcoming lots of new stimulating topics. These will change half termly and there will be a balance of both History and Geography driving these topics across both Key Stages. As a result of mixed-age classes, we carry out the medium-term planning on a two-year rotation cycle. By doing so, we ensure that children have complete coverage of the National Curriculum, but do not have to repeat topics. Each class teacher will provide either a regular History or Geography lesson during the terms depending on the topic being taught. This may vary in length but will on average be one hour per week.


 
History

Our History Topics:
Cycle A
Year 1/2- Dinosaur Planet
Street Detectives

Year 3/4- Scrumdiddlyumptious
God's and Mortals
Traders and Raiders

Year 5/6- Revolution

Stargazers
Peasants, Princes and Pestilence

 
Cycle B
Year 1/2- Towers, Tunnels and Turrets
Memory Box
Superheroes
Splendid Skies
Bounce

Year 3/4- I am Warrior
Tremors
Potions

Year 5/6- A Child's War
Tomorrow's World
Time Traveller
Pharaohs
Hola Mexico
ID

 
Why we teach History
Our aims in teaching History are:
  • To help children understand the present in the context of the past.
  • To gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world.
  • To inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past.
  • To equip pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement.
  • To understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time.
  • To enrich and support other areas of the curriculum.
The History Curriculum
 
During key stage 1, pupils will develop an awareness of the past, using common words and phrases relating to the passing of time. They will learn where the people and events they study fit within a chronological framework and identify similarities and differences between ways of life in different periods. They will be able to use a wide vocabulary of everyday historical terms. They will be able to ask and answer questions, choosing and using parts of stories and other sources to show that they know and understand key features of events. They will also understand some of the ways in which we find out about the past and identify different ways in which it is represented.
 
 
During key stage 2, pupils will continue to develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of British, local and world history, establishing clear narratives within and across the periods they study. They will note connections, contrasts and trends over time and develop the appropriate use of historical terms. They will regularly address and sometimes devise historically valid questions about change, cause, similarity and difference, and significance. They will be able to construct informed responses that involve thoughtful selection and organisation of relevant historical information. They will understand how our knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources.

How we work in the Foundation Stage
We teach History in reception classes as an integral part of the topic work covered during the year. As the reception class is part of the Foundation Stage of the National Curriculum, we relate the History side of the children’s work to the objectives set out in the Early Learning Goals (ELGs). History makes a significant contribution to the ELG objectives of developing a child’s knowledge and understanding of the world through activities such as looking at pictures of famous people in History, having new and old boxes or discovering the meaning of new and old in relation to their own lives.

Geography
 
Our Topics with links to Geography are:

Cycle A

Year 1/2- Dinosaur Planet,
Paws, Claws and Whiskers
Street Detectives
Land Ahoy
Beach Combers
The Scented Garden

 
Year 3/4- Scrumdiddlyumptious
Gods and Mortals
Traders and Raiders
Misty Mountain
 
Year 5/6- Allotment
Revolution
Stargazers
Peasants, Princes and Pestilence
Frozen Kingdom
Beast Creator
 
Cycle B
Year 1/2- Towers, Tunnels and Turrets
Memory Box
Rio De Vida
Splendid Skies

Year 3/4- I am Warrior
Tremors
Playlist
Flow

Year 5/6- A Child's War
Time Traveller
Pharaohs
Hola Mexico
ID

Why we teach Geography
Our aims in teaching Geography are:
  • To enable children to gain knowledge and understanding of places in the world.
  • To increase children's knowledge of other cultures.
  • To allow children to learn graphic skills, including how to use, draw and interpret maps.
  • To enable children to know and understand environmental problems at local, regional and global level.
  • To encourage in children a commitment to sustainable development and an appreciation of what 'global citizenship' means.
  • To develop a variety of other skills, including those of enquiry, problem solving, ICT, investigation and how to present their conclusions in the most appropriate way.

The Geography Curriculum
Children in Key Stage One investigate their local area and contrast localities in the UK or abroad, finding out about the environment in both areas and the people who live there. They begin to learn about the wider world and carry out geographical enquiry inside and outside the classroom. In doing this, they learn about people, places and environments, and use geographical skills and resources such as maps and photographs.

 
In Key Stage Two children extend their knowledge by investigating a variety of people, places and environments in the UK and abroad, and start to make links between different and diverse places in the world. They find out how people affect the environment and how environments affect people. They also carry out geographical enquiry, inside and outside the classroom, using maps, surveys, atlases, aerial photographs and ICT. In doing this they will ask questions and use geographical skills and resources such as maps, atlases, aerial photographs and ICT.

How we work in the Foundation Stage
We teach Geography in reception classes as an integral part of the topic work covered during the year. As the reception class is part of the Foundation Stage of the National Curriculum, we relate the children’s Geography work to the objectives set out in the Early Learning Goals (ELGs) Geography makes a significant contribution to the ELG objectives of developing a child’s knowledge and understanding of the world through activities such as looking at pictures of places and people from around the world, talking about journeys they have made around their local environment and around the world.



Useful Websites
If you would like to find out more about your current topic here are some links to useful websites that you can use to help with your History or Geography research:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/highlights/sections/primary
http://www.primaryhomeworkhelp.co.uk/ 

 
 
What's in the World books
Every child, in years 1-6, will get a chance to bring home the 'What's in the World' book.

When they do, p
lease can you and your child choose a country  to research and record some facts about it in this book.
Some suggestions of the type of facts that you could include are:
·       Which continent the country is in.
·       How many people live in that country (the population).
·       The language/languages spoken.
·       A picture of the country or where it is on a world map.
·       The national flag.
Your child will then bring their book back into school to share their facts with the rest of their class.
 
High Weald Heroes
 
Our Lady Queen of Heaven is a part of the education programme 'High Weald Heroes' which is run by the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural beauty. It encourages exploring and using the landscape for learning opportunities. 

As a part of this, the school had its own 'Welly Walk' created which is a walk around the local area that covers different landscapes and areas with a rich historical heritage. A link to the Welly Walk leaflet is at the bottom of this webpage. It contains all the information you need to undertake your own Welly Walk such as: where the Welly Walk is, places/landscapes you will see along the way and how long it will take.
Have a go and please let Mrs Ward know what you saw along the way!

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Facts about Italy KS2 5_6

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OLQOH_WWweb

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History Policy

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Geography Policy

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