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Geography

Intent: Why do we teach geography? 

Geography is  about understanding the world we live in. It helps to provoke and provide answers to questions about the natural and human aspects of the world. At Buckingham Park  children are encouraged to develop a greater understanding and knowledge of the world, as well as their place in it. The geography curriculum enables children to develop knowledge and skills that are transferrable to other curriculum areas. Geography is an investigative subject, which develops an understanding of concepts, knowledge and skills. At Buckingham Park  our intent, when teaching geography, is to inspire in children a curiosity and fascination about the world and people within it; to promote the children’s interest and understanding of diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes.

Implementation: What do we teach?

Our  curriculum is shaped by our school vision which aims to enable all children  to flourish to become the very best they can possibly be. We teach the National Curriculum, supported by a clear progression in skills and knowledge through an enquiry based approach. This ensures that skills and knowledge are built on year by year and sequenced appropriately to maximise learning for all children.  We fully utilise our local area  to achieve desired outcomes, with opportunities for learning outside the classroom embedded in practice. School trips and fieldwork are planned to give first hand experiences, which enhance children’s understanding of the world beyond their locality.

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Impact : What will this look like? 

By the time children leave Buckingham Park school they will:

  • Have an excellent knowledge of where places are and what they are like including their local area
  • Have an excellent understanding of the ways in which places are interdependent and interconnected and how much human and physical environments are interrelated.
  • Have an extensive base of geographical knowledge and vocabulary.
  • Be fluent in geographical enquiry and the ability to apply questioning skills and use effective analytical and presentational techniques.
  • Have the ability to reach clear conclusions and develop a reasoned argument to explain findings. 
  • Have significant levels of originality, imagination or creativity as shown in interpretations and representations of the subject matter.
  • Have highly developed and frequently utilised fieldwork and other geographical skills and techniques.
  • Have a passion for and commitment to the subject, and a real sense of curiosity to find out about the world and the people who live there.
  • Have the ability to express well-balanced opinions, rooted in very good knowledge and understanding about current and contemporary issues in society and the environment

History

Intent: Why do we teach History?

At Buckingham Park, we aim for a high quality history curriculum which should inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world around them. We believe that high-quality history lessons should excite children to want to know more about the past and to think and act as historians. By linking learning across a range of eras, children have opportunities to investigate and interpret the past, understand chronology, build an overview of Britain’s past, as well as that of the wider world, and to be able to communicate historically.

Shoreham by Sea has a wealth of local history, such as:

  • The town and port of New Shoreham was established by the Norman conquerors towards the end of the 11th century
  • The port was once the leading south coast harbour and, in the early 13th century, became both a borough and a royal port designated by King John
  • Shoreham airport is the oldest licensed commercial airfield in the country
  • Old Shoreham dates back to pre-Roman times
  • St Nicolas' Church, inland by the River Adur, was first founded by the Anglo-Saxons
  • The name of the town has an Old English origin

Our curriculum has been carefully selected to support the huge amount of history within Shoreham by Sea. It is important for the children to be immersed in their local history, uncovering the stories that shape where they live, which can help them develop powerful historical skills and a strong sense of identity.

Implementation:  What do we teach?

Our principal aim is to develop the children’s knowledge, skills and understanding in history and we use a variety of teaching and learning styles in our history lessons. We believe in whole-class teaching methods and combine these with enquiry-based research activities.

In learning History, children will:

  • have the opportunity to visit different places in the locality and beyond
  • develop the skills of enquiry, investigation, analysis, evaluation and presentation
  • ask historical questions and create their own structured accounts, including narratives and analysis
  • gain and use historical vocabulary
  • gain historical perspective by placing their growing knowledge into different contexts
  • understand historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequences and use them to make connections
  • have opportunities to present their knowledge and understanding in a variety of ways (e.g. through art, ICT, models, writing in a range of styles and genre).

Impact : What will this look like?

The impact and measure of this is to ensure that children at Buckingham Park are equipped with historical skills and knowledge that will enable them to be ready for the curriculum at Key Stage 3 and for life as an adult in the wider world.  We want to ensure that the children will know more, remember more and understand more about History.

They will recognise and use the key skills of:

  • Chronological understanding;
  • Knowledge and understanding of events in the past;
  • Historical interpretation;
  • Historical enquiry;
  • Organisation and communication.
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