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.
Here at Lyminster Primary School we know that History is a subject that sparks the curiosity and excitement of many of our pupils, and this is why we use it as a driver for many of our cross-curricular topics – from the earliest civilisations of the Mayans and Egyptians, all the way to the magnificence and misery of Victorian Britain. Learning is immersive and made real and relevant for the pupils, as well as inspiring awe-and-wonder, in-line with our overall curriculum aims.
We follow the National Curriculum, and enhance this with an emphasis on our rich local history, such as when our youngest children visit Arundel Castle, or when our older children get stuck in at a working Anglo-Saxon farm. As the oldest surviving school in Littlehampton, there is fascinating history in the fabric of our very building, and the children study in-depth how both our school and the local town have changed since Victorian times to now. During Black History Month in October, whole-school assemblies focus on key values such as confidence and community, whilst we learn about influential figures from history such as Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King. Democracy – the struggles and the victories – continues as a theme close to our school’s heart as our older children study the history and workings of the Houses of Parliament, and debate the complex issues surrounding the Gunpowder Plot.
Debate is key to the types of historians we want to see graduate at the end of their time at Lyminster – historians who can use their skills of enquiry, judgement and communication to reach an informed point of view and put across their opinion with convincing evidence. Was the Victorian era really a high-point for Littlehampton? Were the Vikings really as vicious as the Anglo-Saxons believed, or did our Saxon fore-fathers have their own skeletons in the closet? Was polar discovery and exploration worth the human cost? These open questions drive our learning, and as a (UNCRC) Rights Respecting school we believe passionately in the children’s right to form their own opinion, having applied their historical knowledge, understanding and skills gained from high-quality instruction.
This knowledge, as well as the understanding and skills to apply it, is built up in small progressive steps year by year and in the six main strands we have agreed: Chronology, Key Features, Cause and Consequence, Interpretation, Enquiry and Communication. The aim is to continually build on what they have learned before as they move gradually from history topics that are very personally real and relevant, such as toys and the seaside, to more abstract history and increasingly complex or multi-layered issues. You can see this progression in our Subject Overview below, and in the topic planning for each year group. If you want to explore all this History learning more at home, check out the fun-filled links in our Parents’ and Children’s Hubs!