Subject: Humanities

At The Rookeries, we are keen to provide children with opportunities to experience Geography and History first hand and, as such, teachers organise regular school outings to help inspire the children.

Geography

During a child’s education at The Rookeries, we hope that geography shall stimulate an interest in and a sense of wonder about places and give them the lasting awareness of the local area, the wider world and its people.

Each term, the pupils shall investigate places whether locally, nationally or globally.  Through a sequence of lessons, the pupils will gain knowledge about natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes.

Geographical enquiry encourages questioning, investigation and critical thinking about issues affecting the world and people’s lives, now and in the future. Therefore, we believe fieldwork should be at the centre of the geography curriculum.

By the end of their learning journey, we hope that geography will have inspired pupils to become global citizens by exploring their own place in the world, their values and their responsibilities to other people, to the environment and to the sustainability of the planet.

The children are taught various geographical skills such as use of maps, atlas work, co-ordinates etc. They also look at weather, climate, population, settlements, natural resources, animals and plants.

The work, which the children undertake, is supplemented further through well-planned visits and trips to various locations. In the Early Years, children learn about their immediate environment and how to read and draw simple maps using invented and conventional symbols. In Key Stage 2, the children develop this knowledge into a wider area and study transport, weather and landscapes, both in their local area and in many other countries.

History

At The Rookeries, we want our pupils to understand that it is history that binds us together as a distinctive community from a widely globalised culture.  The history curriculum will provide children with a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world.

Each term, the children shall carryout an in-depth study of a significant time period in history.  During these sequences of lessons, our aim is for the children to be curious and inquisitive about the past through asking perceptive questions and thinking critically.  We shall develop their ability to scrutinise evidence and decide which version of events are credible.  We hope they will be inspired by the amazing citizens, cultures and societies who have helped shape and advance our nation and the wider world; and to learn from the mistakes and injustices that have occurred throughout time.  By the end of the children’s historical journey, we believe that they shall have an understanding of their own identify and a sense of belonging which only history can provide.

In Key Stage 1 children learn about the lives and lifestyles of familiar people in the recent past and about famous people and events in the more distant past, including those from British history.

In Key Stage 2 children, develop a secure chronology of British history learning about people and important events and developments from recent and more distant times in the locality, in Britain and in other parts of the world. Children learn about historical enquiry by looking at as many real sources as possible by recreating events from the past.