Geography and History

Geography

At St Gerard’s we aim to provide Geography lessons that provide the children with curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. Lessons will equip pupils with 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.

The aims of Geography are:

  • develop contextual knowledge of the location of places, seas and oceans,
  • including their defining physical and human characteristics
  • understand the processes that give rise to key physical and human
  • geographical features of the world, how these are interdependent and how
  • they bring about spatial variation and change over time are competent in the geographical skills needed to:
  • collect, analyse and communicate with a range of data gathered through experiences of fieldwork that deepen their understanding of geographical processes

History

At St Gerard’s we aim for History lessons to stimulate the children’s interest and understanding about the life of people. The program of study will help pupils gain knowledge and an understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. The children learn a sense of chronology, and through this they develop a sense of identity and a cultural understanding based on their historical heritage. Thus they learn to value their own and other people’s cultures in modern multicultural Britain. By considering how people lived in the past, they are better able to make their own life choices today. We teach children to understand how events in the past have influenced our lives today; we also teach them to investigate these past events and by doing so, to develop the skills of enquiry, analysis, interpretation and problem solving.

The aims of History are:

  • To foster in children an interest in the past and to develop an understanding that enables them to enjoy all that History has to offer;
  • To enable children to know about significant events in British history, and to appreciate how things have changed over time;
  • To develop a sense of chronology;
  • To know and understand how the British system of democratic government has developed and in doing so to contribute to a child’s citizenship education;
  • To understand how Britain is part of a wider European culture, and to study some aspects of European history;
  • To have some knowledge and understanding of historical development in the wider world;
  • To help children understand society and their place in it so that they develop a sense of their cultural heritage;
  • To develop in children the skills of enquiry, investigation, analysis, evaluation and presentation and local area.
  • Interesting Links:
  • http://www.history.com

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