Why is History important?
As well as developing children’s knowledge and understanding of the past, we believe that it is important for children to understand how the past influences our lives today. Our learning is not only centred on the past as we use these events to discuss how our lives can be shaped in the future as a result of events taking place.
We want to inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past and ask perceptive questions.
What does History look like at Blaby Stokes?
Here at Blaby, we encourage our children to understand our history curriculum as a chronological narrative. Much of our learning centres around how people’s lives have shaped this nation and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world.
Throughout our learning, children of all ages develop their chronology skills. The children will be taught to develop their vocabulary to explain how long ago events happened. In addition, the children will be provided with the opportunity to pose their own questions about their learning and follow their lines of enquiry to reach the answer.
The children in each year group should also be able to recall significant parts of a particular period, with some children being able to comment on comparisons to present day and how those events shaped the future. Finally, children in upper key stage 2 should be able to establish clear links and comparisons between periods in history that they have learnt about.
We also offer opportunities for children to take part in historical visits such as a visit to a Roman fort and a WW2 day at Beaumanor Hall. These are thoroughly enjoyed by the children and allows their learning to be brought to life!
What key events or significant individuals do we learn as part of our curriculum?
The children at Blaby Stokes study a range of significant people, periods and events that occurred in British and international history. These include: Guy Fawkes, The Great Fire of London, Columbus, Armstrong, Stone Age to Iron Age, Anglo Saxon settlements, Vikings, The Roman Empire, Ancient Egyptian civilisations, Ancient Greece, WW2 & The Mayans.
As well as this, part of our History curriculum is underpinned by our ‘Blaby Stokes story’. Blaby has its own interesting history and the children are given opportunities to study aspects of this throughout their years at Blaby. For example, King Richard 3rd, the history of our two school sites, Blaby Workhouse, Blaby tomato farm and its involvement during WW2 and Suffragette links with Blaby railway.
Geography at Blaby Stokes looks like…
The geography curriculum shares itself through most topics that we deliver and is used to inform and educate our children about the environment and world they live in. Through allowing the children to explore areas of geography we encourage a more self-aware attitude towards their own planet and to gain more responsibility towards the future. Furthermore, the impact and awareness of this can help feed their own everyday actions and give them a desire to explore the world.
Why we learn Geography at Blaby Stoke?
Here at Blaby Stokes we intend to develop the children's skills in Geography through inspiring them to primarily look at their surrounding area before looking at geography globally. Our curriculum allows our children to develop the skills to interpret and reflect on what they see and learn. Geography here is relevant to the children’s experiences with the world.
Why is Geography important at Blaby Stokes?
Enabling our children to have a greater understanding of the world helps us to sustain and protect the environment and is important for future generations. This is done through collecting and using skills learnt along their journey, such as: atlas skills, map reading, populations, human activity and features of the earth and atmosphere.
The areas of their focus look at:
- Place knowledge
- Locational knowledge
- Human and physical geography
- Geographical skills and fieldwork
As a Church of England Primary School we follow the Leicestershire Agreed Syllabus and the ‘Understanding Christianity’ programme. R.E. at Blaby Stokes Primary School is taught in line with the R.E. statement of Entitlement (see below). Children receive 1 hour of RE teaching per week.