History and Geography at St John’s
At St John’s we aim to promote children’s understanding of the world around them; we study the past both in their own country and beyond. The children learn through engaging with a ‘Big Question’, through which they are guided through to gain an understanding of that particular area of the National Curriculum.
St Johns aim to:
- Promote an enquiry based strategy for the teaching and learning of both History and Geography.
- Enable children to make personal connections with the past and the physical world.
- Develop a secure understanding of chronology.
- Develop an understanding of our place in the world both geographically and historically.
- Enhance the children’s understanding and knowledge of Britain today, and of its history.
In Geography led - units, children should be able to explore these skills to aid their understanding:
- Analysing data
- Using and analysing evidence (photos, maps, plans)
- Observing, measuring and recording of information using a range of methods
Topics across the school:
- Year One – Changes within living memory; United Kingdom; Events before living memory
- Year Two – Continents and Oceans, Significant Explorers; Contrasting Areas: London vs Kenya; Historical Events: Great fire of London, creation of the internet.
- Year Three – Tudors and comparing areas; Earthquakes and Volcanoes; Iron Age to the Stone Age.
- Year Four – Anglo-Saxons and Vikings; Rainforests and Rivers; Ancient Egypt.
- Year Five – Ancient Greece; British Discoveries and Early Civilizations.
- Year Six – The Romans, comparing then and now; Knowledge of the Globe; Central and South America.
In the EYFS, children are guided to meet their Early Learning Goals for Understanding the World through activities such as:
- sequencing events
- discussing changes in themselves from birth to five
- how things were different when their parents were children
- studying photos and artefacts
- building of small worlds
- talking about how things happen