History and Geography
At Pinewood we teach a skills and knowledge based curriculum which encourages children to discover and explore. We start each topic with a Big question or Topic title to help children lead their own learning (e.g. Why is Nottingham an awesome place to live?). We plan using this programme alongside the KS1 National curriculum and EYFS curriculum. Each area of geography and history is broken down and specific skills taught in order to develop geographical knowledge and understanding. We then find ways to provide our children with a range of experiences to broaden their horizons. We pick topics that inspire our children’s interest, enthusiasm and curiosity.
Our Geography intent
We want children to become familiar with their locality but we also want them to be inquisitive about the wider world and to be motivated to find out about different areas. To develop a sense of place and encourage geographical enquiry that engages our children. We want to make geography relevant to the lives of our children; we want them to become investigators of geographical issues as they progress through into key stage 2 so they are equipped with certain geographical skills and knowledge. Our children will experience looking at maps, atlases and experience stories that have a geographical content and will gain an understanding of environmental issues.
Our History intent
We want our children to gain a sense of chronology over time and to be interested in and ask questions about the past. It is hard to grasp historical concepts for young children but we want them to leave Pinewood understanding a sense of chronology for a topic that interests them and to be able to comment on how some things were different in the past to today. We also want them to understand how we can find out about the past understanding ranges of evidence and for them to be inquisitive and ask questions.