At Lyminster Primary School, Geography is taught within the context of a larger topic focus.
Early Years: Children will develop an understanding of the world around them.
Key Stage 1: Pupils will develop knowledge about the world, the United Kingdom and their locality. They should understand basic subject-specific vocabulary relating to human and physical geography and begin to use geographical skills, including first-hand observation, to enhance their locational awareness.
Key Stage 2: Pupils will extend their knowledge and understanding beyond the local area to include the United Kingdom and the wider world. This will include the location and characteristics of a range of the world’s most significant human and physical features. They will develop their use of geographical knowledge, understanding and skills to enhance their locational and place knowledge.
At Lyminster Primary School, History is cross curricular and taught through a topic and within other subjects such as English and Art.
Using the historical skills as a foundation, children have the opportunity to investigate the idea that the story from the past can be told differently and that history is created from the evidence that remains. Within lessons, children must use their learning, imagination and deduction skills to make sense of this incomplete picture and create judgments about the accuracy of evidence from the past.
Key Stage 1: Pupils have the opportunity to widen their understanding of Britain’s past in topics such as ‘Could we live in a castle?’ This enables children to grasps historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance.
Key Stage Two: Pupils begin to develop a secure understanding of chronology and identify connections, contrasts and trends over time. Within topics such as ‘Vicious Vikings’ (Years 3 and 4) and ‘World War Two’ (Years 5 and 6) children are presented with a wide range of sources and evidence, and are required to ask historically valid questions, construct informed responses using historical information and explain connections.
History based topics and the skills focused on within each topic, can be viewed in the Key Stage documents below.