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History and Geography

History

History is delivered through our bright and engaging creative curriculum. Our children begin their  journey through time in Year One with changes in their own living memory and continue to explore and progress through topics such as The Great Fire of London, Ancient Civilisations, The Romans and Mayans. 

We aim to inspire children's curiosity and equip them to think critically, weigh evidence and develop their own perspectives and judgement. 

'Geography has made us neighbours. History has made us friends.'- John F. Kennedy

Geography

Geography is taught through our creative curriculum with exciting topics that allow their skills to shine. Children begin their learning locally, wondering 'Where Can the Naughty Bus Take Us?' and go on to study everything from rainforests to seasides. They learn about the causes of natural disasters and look at the continents of Europe and America. 

We aim to fascinate the children about the world they live in and deepen their understanding between physical and human geography and how it has shaped our landscapes.

Our Vision

 At St. Bridget’s History and Geography are two pillars which support the development of our students in becoming citizens of the world.
 
They inspire a curiosity and fascination that helps lead children to their own identity by discovering the diversity of the Earth and the people who have shaped its landscapes and society. They enable children to develop their own perspectives, without bias or prejudice and help them make responsible choices for the challenges they may face.
 
Subject knowledge is interwoven throughout the curriculum subjects whilst key skills in investigation are taught discretely. This balanced approach ensures children develop a deep contextual understanding alongside the ability to think critically, evaluate and make informed decisions for a sustainable future. 

Pupil Voice Autumn 1 2018

We asked one Historian and one Geographer from each year group to come and talk about History and Geography in their class.  Their responses were phenomenal. Our children are very passionate about the past and the world around them! Here are a few of the questions they answered.

What do you like about History and Geography?

"It's not about today. You can find out about the past and find out about countries. If you're going on holiday, it helps you know where the equator is so that you can go somewhere hot or cold. I like finding out about Ancient civilizations, rituals and sacrifices. It's so important because you find out about the Romans and then it helps you with your Roman Numerals in Maths. It's learning about the world."

Can you tell me about an interesting lesson? 

"I loved finding out about the Stone Age in Year 3. I really enjoyed an activity we did on a timeline where you can see humans today and how we've only been here for a tiny amount of time because History is so vast. I loved finding out about the Romans, what they had and how they built it and how it is still there today. We learnt about the Doomsday calendar and how they got it wrong! I like it when we do History and Art at the same time and get to try different artwork."

Can you tell me about an interesting trip or visitor?

"We went on a Viking trip where we had to decide if they would be wealthy or not, and what would be buried in a poor grave and a rich grave and then we looked at what items would be left behind. I liked the Stone Age visitor in Year 3 and working on a timeline. The Roman trip to Chester was really good too.

Can you tell me the names of any continents and oceans?

"Asia, Africa, South America, Europe, North America, Australasia. Atlantic, Pacific, Indian Ocean."

What natural disasters do you know about?

"Earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunamis, flash floods. They're caused when the plates move and sometimes magma spills out."

Can you tell me what we use an atlas for?

"It helps us look at places on Earth. You can find out about the seas and the oceans, and the mountains and countries. Some of the maps tell you if its hot or not and if its steep or not. We used an atlas to make the UK out of playdough and added in the rivers and the mountains."

How can we find out about the past? Is it always portrayed in the same way?

"You can use books or maps, or letters, or go and find evidence at a museum. You can look at fossils or ask an archaeologist. Different people tell different stories about the past in different ways so its not always the same. It depends who you ask. You have to put it all together and decide the truth."

Anglo Saxons versus Vikings!

Year Five paid a visit to Weaver Hall where they met Ceolwulf, the resident Saxon and learnt how his ancestors settled and invaded in 'North Wic', in 975. 

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