Mallard Primary School

History and Geography

National curriculum - Geography Programme of Study


 Key Stage 1 History and Geography

Our wider curriculum in Key Stage one is delivered through a theme that lasts 9 weeks. This theme covers History and Geography objectives from the National Curriculum. The themes focus on important people, places and events from the past and then their impact on today. In Geography the children learn to use maps and atlases to locate cities, countries, mountain ranges, rivers, seas and oceans.  In History the children use real life artefacts, photos, videos and educational visits to learn about important people and events. The children ask questions about the past and then use sources of evidence to find out the answers. 

Key Stage 1 themes include; 

Year 1  Not all heroes wear capes - focusing on key figures from the past that have had an impact on medicine and technology today. 

            Dinosaurs - Looking at what we have learned about the past from the fossils of Dinosaurs. 

            Weather experts - Looking at how the weather changes throughout the year and how the weather is different all over the world

Year 2  We are Britain - focusing on how Britain has changed over time through British values, seasides, mountains and castles  

             Great Fire of London - focusing on this historic event and how it changed modern buildings

             Land Ahoy! - Looking at explorers and travellers of the past and their impact on modern trade 

     Modern Europe - Looking at Europe today and the links between countries and governments. 


Key Stage 2 History and Geography 

Our wider curriculum in Key Stage 2 is delivered through a theme that lasts 9 weeks. This theme has either a history or geography driver. Each year group has 2 geography and 2 history led themes a year. The Geography themes focus on 1 human and 1 physical geography. The children focus on the acquisition on knowledge for the first 4 weeks. The children read around this theme and have opportunities for discussion, debate and short written tasks to assist in the knowledge transferring to long term memory. Each lesson starts with a short retrieval quiz on the knowledge from the previous lesson, supporting the children’s ability to retain the knowledge. At the end of the 4 weeks the children write an extended piece of writing using the knowledge they have acquired.

In Geography pupils develop their knowledge of people and places to understand the physical, social and economic forces which shape those places and the lifestyles of the people who live there. In History the children use a range of sources of evidence to draw conclusions from the past. They focus on how studying the past has impacted on modern day life. 

Key Stage 2 themes include; 

Year 3 - Splish, splash, splosh - learning about water including the water cycle 

              Odyssey - an in depth study of Ancient Greece and it's impact on today 

              Mountains, Rivers and Earthquakes - studying the physical geography and location of famous mountains, rivers and earthquakes 

              Tribal Tales - learning about life in the Stone Age

Year 4 - I am Warrior! - a study of life in Roman Britain 

             Migration - studying the human geography of migration in Europe and the reasons for migration 

             Traider and Raiders - a study of life in Anglo-Saxon and Viking times 

             Natural resources - studying the use of natural resources and how we can be energy efficient

Year 5 - Medieval Monarchs - looking at the Monarchs and how they changed history 

             Slums- looking at the biggest slums in world, the conditions and circumstances that led to the slums 

             Benin Kingdom - a study of the early civilisation of the Benin Kingdom, their beliefs and practices

             Energy and sustainability - looking energy sources and their sustainability and impact on the world

Year 6 - Democracy and Civil Rights- focusing on key people and events in the fight for a democratic world 

             Biomes of the World - studying the location, similarities and differences of the different biomes of the world

             Industrial revolution - studying the impact of the industrial revolution on life today 

             Population - looking at variations in population and what impacts the population of an area, city or country

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