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Humanities

History

 

Intent

 

We aim for a high quality history curriculum which should inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the Britain’s past and that of the wider world. At Clyst St Mary, we want children to enjoy and love learning about history by gaining  knowledge and skills, not just through experiences in the classroom, but also with the use of fieldwork and educational visits.Topics are informed by the national curriculum and are sensitive to children’s interests, as well as the context of the local area. We make full use of resources within the immediate and wider local area enabling children to develop a deep understanding of the rich history of their locality. The history curriculum at Clyst St Mary Primary School is carefully planned, is inclusive for all and is structured to ensure that current learning is linked to previous learning and that the school’s approaches are informed by current pedagogy.

 

Implementation
 
In ensuring high standards of teaching and learning in history, we implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school. History is taught as part of the cross-curricular plan, so that children achieve depth in their learning. We have identified the key knowledge and skills in our curriculum and consideration has been given to ensure progression across topics throughout each year group across the school. By the end of year 6, children will have a chronological understanding of British history from the Stone Age to the present day. They are able to draw comparisons and make connections between different time periods and their own lives. Interlinked with this are studies of world history, such as the ancient civilisations of Greece and Egypt.
 
The local area is fully utilised to achieve the desired outcomes, with extensive opportunities for learning outside the classroom embedded in practice such as visits to the Iron Age fort at Killerton and other local places of historical interest.  Planning is informed by and aligned with the national curriculum. Within our knowledge-rich approach, there is a strong emphasis on people and the community of our local area.
 
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) follows the ‘Development Matters in the EYFS’ guidance which aims for all children in reception to have an ‘Understanding of the World; people and communities, the world and technology’ by the end of the academic year.
 

Impact


The main source of impact will always remain the quality and breadth of work seen in pupil’s books and the learning environment. At Clyst St Mary, we are striving to raise the expectation of learners and the quality of work they produce from a rounded and connected curriculum. Impact will  be measured by how effectively it helps our pupils develop into well rounded individuals who  have learnt to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. We want the children to have thoroughly enjoyed learning about history, therefore encouraging them to undertake new life experiences now and in the future.
 

 

Geography

 

Intent
 
At Clyst St Mary Primary School children are encouraged to develop a greater understanding and knowledge of the world, as well as their place in it. The geography curriculum at Clyst St Mary Primary School enables children to develop knowledge and skills that are transferable to other curriculum areas. Geography is, by nature, an investigative subject, which develops an understanding of concepts, knowledge and skills. We seek to inspire in children a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people ; to promote the children’s interest and understanding of diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. We make the most of our local area with visits including around Clyst St Mary,e.g. children walk around the village looking at land use, the local river Clyst, visits to Exeter, Dartmoor and Exmouth.
 
Implementation
 
Geography is taught as part of the cross-curricular plan, so that children achieve depth in their learning. We have identified the key knowledge and skills of each topic and consideration has been given to ensure progression across topics throughout each year group across the school. At the beginning of each topic, children are able to convey what they know already as well as what they would like to find out. This informs the programme of study and also ensures that lessons are relevant and take account of children’s different starting points. Consideration is given to how greater depth will be taught, learnt and demonstrated within each lesson, as well as how learners will be supported in line with the school’s commitment to inclusion.
 
Impact
 
The main source of impact will always remain the quality and breadth of work seen in pupil’s books and the learning environment. At Clyst St Mary, we are striving to raise the expectation of learners and the quality of work they produce from a rounded and connected curriculum. Children review their successes in achieving the lesson objectives at the end of every session. As children progress throughout the school, they develop a deep knowledge, understanding and appreciation of their local area and its place within the wider geographical context. Impact will  be measured by how effectively it helps our pupils develop into well rounded individuals who  have learnt to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and analyse data. We want the children to have thoroughly enjoyed learning about geography, therefore encouraging them to undertake new life experiences now and in the future.

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