Geography explains the past, illuminates the present and prepares us for the future. What could be more important than that?’ Michael Palin, 2007.
Our Geography curriculum aims to inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. Our pupils will gain knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. As pupils progress, their growing knowledge about the world should help them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments. Geographical knowledge, understanding and skills provide the framework and approaches that explain how the Earth’s features at different scales are shaped, interconnected and change over time. At KGJS, we make every effort to ensure that our pupils engage fully with the curriculum.
In Key Stage 1 the pupils will gain these skills through the study of the topics such as the four seasons, the world around them and a study of an island home.
In Key Stage 2 the pupils will gain these skills through the study of topics such as map skills and compass work, the world around them, rainforests, mountains, rivers and coasts, the local area and water.
Through our History curriculum, we aim to inspire pupils’s curiosity to know more about the past and to develop their understanding of chronology. We encourage pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, evaluate evidence and arguments and develop perspective and judgement. Our history curriculum helps pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives; changes in society over time and growing social diversity. Our pupils are afforded opportunities for learning through visitors coming into school and by studying museum artefacts as well as outside the classroom through visits.
The pupils gain a thorough knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world through the following topics.
In Key Stage 1 the pupils will study topics such as toys and homes of the past, famous historical characters and seaside holidays.
In Key Stage 2 the pupils will study topics such as Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece, the Romans, Anglo-Saxons and Vikings, the Tudors, the Victorians and Pupils in World War Two.