Humanities at Overdale School
Where possible History and Geography are taught as part of the thematic curriculum at Overdale School.
Careful planning ensures progression of both knowledge and skills from Year 1 through to Year 6. Learning is also enhanced and ‘brought to life’ by a range of activities which include visitors to the school, workshops and trips to both the local area and places of historical and geographical interest.
In History, children study a range of different time periods and significant individuals from the past, allowing them to develop a chronological knowledge of British, local and world history. In lessons, they are encouraged to ask questions and carry out enquiries, using sources and other historical information to address and answer those questions.
In Geography, children are given the opportunity to study different places around the world and develop an understanding of how different human and physical processes help to shape it. They are introduced to the features of our local area and then extend their knowledge through the study and comparison of other places around the world. As well as building their knowledge, in lessons, children are taught geographical skills such as map work and also carry out fieldwork.
The History and Geography topics provide links with other areas of the curriculum, particularly Computing and English. Children often use the computers for research and also to present their findings. Furthermore, there are many opportunities for writing, e.g. weather reports, balanced arguments, newspaper articles etc.
Assessment of pupils’ work is ongoing and is used to inform teachers’ future planning. Teachers get evidence from books and written outcomes and also through questioning and direct observation of children in class.
- History and Geography themes are shared and planned for across the school
- Teachers utilise current events and special historical times to engage children in the wider world.
- The use of history and geography as stimulus for cross curricular writing and reading.
- Children’s engagement with history and geography as a theme
Areas for development
- Subject leader to be able to inform judgements and support teaching and learning of History and Geography at Overdale CPS through learning walks and assessment information (SIMS)
- Children’s knowledge of continents and their place in the world.
- Subject leader to attend relevant CPD through the ‘Heritage Schools’ project
- Arrange Learning Walk – Subject leader to monitor the quality of provision and learning, pupils’ progress and attainment
- Monitor subject coverage and attainment each half term