Topic Curriculum

History

At Shoreditch Park Primary School, our intent is to produce a high-quality History education for all learners in order for them to gain the knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed in life. We aim to inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past and we are passionate that our children should be able to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence and develop their own perspective and judgements. In History pupils will understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change and also the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time.

History at Shoreditch Park Primary School has been coherently planned and teachers have high ambitions for all learners. Our curriculum is implemented in a way which allows for teachers to present subject matter clearly and identify misconceptions through verbal and written responses. Teachers use ASPIRE Oracy objectives to encourage rich talk in classrooms in every lesson and adapt their teaching as they deem necessary. Teachers allow for children to revisit learning from previous year groups. For example in Year 6 when learning about Crime and Punishment, children revisit what they learned about our monarch Henry VIII which was covered in Year 3. In Year 5 when learning about The Anglo-Saxons, children first revisit the occupation of Roman Britain covered in Year 4. This in turn helps them to remember the content of what they have been taught and to integrate new knowledge into larger concepts. Teachers use Target Tracker statements which are in line with the National Curriculum to support their planning, teaching and assessment of lessons and children’s knowledge. History lends itself aptly to reading as our rigorous approach to both subjects ensures that link topic texts are taught in our reading programmes as well. In turn this equips children with sufficient knowledge and vocabulary to then be applied in History lessons. Teachers also ensure that link Power of Reading texts have a History focus most terms, again in order to enrich the children’s knowledge and create a well-rounded and balanced curriculum.

The impact of this is that we strongly believe this will enable children to have cumulatively sufficient knowledge and skills for future learning and employment. Last year we worked towards achieving our Heritage Schools Award which was a significant achievement for us. We combined both History and Geography to learn about different themes in relation to our local area.

Geography

At Shoreditch Park Primary School, our intent is to produce a high-quality geography education that inspires pupils’ curiosity and fascination about the world and its people, which will remain with them for the rest of their lives. At Shoreditch Park Primary School, we aim to challenge children’s stereotypes about countries across the world. We want our children to identify how countries develop a rich economy and to identify global trends. Our Topics encourage children to learn about countries of their origin and culture. Teaching equips 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 enable them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments.

Geography at Shoreditch Park Primary School has been coherently planned and teachers have high ambitions for all learners. Our curriculum is implemented in a way which allows for teachers to present subject matter clearly and identify misconceptions through verbal and written responses. Teachers use ASPIRE Oracy objectives to encourage rich talk in classrooms in every lesson and adapt their teaching as they deem necessary. Teachers allow for children to revisit learning from previous year groups and continue to use digital technology such as Digimaps to build on their Locational and Place knowledge. This in turn helps them to remember the content of what they have been taught and to integrate new knowledge into larger concepts. Teachers use Target Tracker statements which are in line with the National Curriculum to support their planning, teaching and assessment of lessons and children’s knowledge.

The impact of this is that we strongly believe this will enable children to have cumulatively sufficient knowledge and skills for future learning and employment. Last year we worked towards achieving our Heritage Schools Award which was a significant achievement for us. We combined both Geography and History to learn about different themes in relation to our local area.

Topic Documents

Topic Handbook 2019-2020 (including assessment)

History and Geography Blocking 2019-2020

Topic Highlights 2019-2020

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