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History and Geography

Overview 

History

The history curriculum at Colville aims to give a solid foundation and broad overview of some of the most important periods in local, British and world history. In Key Stage 1, children learn about broad topics from the past, e.g., transport and travel. In Key Stage 2, children start with British prehistory and move chronologically through time to the present day – Windrush and the Middle East. 

Throughout the curriculum connections and comparison are made between events and individuals. More abstract concepts are carefully developed, so that pupils gain an increasingly sophisticated understanding of, for example, monarchy, economy or empire. The disciplinary skills of history, such as source analysis, interpretation, perspective, continuity and change are all explicitly taught and practised.

The curriculum is deliberately ambitious, and hopefully sets children up for a life-long love and understanding of history, while providing a foundation of understanding that will make them curious, active citizens of this country and the world.

This is our History Subject Leader, Camilla Hoare, on an archeological dig at Berkley Castle, Gloucestershire where she found a 12th Century arrowhead. 

Geography 

Our geography curriculum is designed to incorporate fundamental geographical knowledge and skills, allowing pupils to build on a firm foundation in future years. Through the teaching of geography at Colville Primary School, pupils develop a wide range of knowledge and understanding of the Earth’s landscape, people, places and environments. This subject enables pupils to discover the physical and human processes that lead to the outcomes that we can see around us. It also increases pupils’ knowledge and understanding of the similarities and differences between a variety of places: local, regional and in the wider world, whilst encouraging pupils to be enthusiastic about their surroundings and their place within society. Additionally, our curriculum aims to deepen children’s learning in the subject so that they are able to become independent thinkers as well as ask questions and search for answers.

Learning through geography – whether gained through formal learning in the classroom or experientially through fieldwork and trips – helps pupils to be more socially and environmentally sensitive, informed and responsible citizens, enabling them to be active members of society.