At Oasis Academy Henderson Avenue we teach the Geography and History curriculum through exciting and interesting themes. Every child in the school has the opportunity to learn a new skill over the school year. In this way children gain the skills they need to become an historian and geographer.
Key Stage One
Pupils should develop knowledge about the world, UK and their locality. They should understand basic subject specific vocabulary relating to human and physical geography and begin to use geographical skills, including first-hand observation, to enhance their locational awareness. Pupils will be taught the skills of locational knowledge, place knowledge, human and physical geography and geographical skills and fieldwork.
Key Stage Two
Pupils should extend their knowledge and understanding beyond the local area to include the UK and Europe, North and South America. This will include the location and characteristics of a range of the world's most significant human and physical features. They should develop their use of geographical knowledge, understanding and skills to enhance their locational and place knowledge. Pupils will be taught the skills of locational knowledge, place knowledge, human and physical geography and geographical skills and fieldwork.
Like Geography, History is taught within specific cross-curricular themes with clearly identified learning objectives. Pupils learn about the lives and lifestyles of people in the past, including those of significant men, women and children. They learn events from the recent and more distant past in their own area, as well as further afield in Britain and across the wider world. Chronological understanding is central to an understanding of history and our expectation is that as pupils move into Key Stage 2 they will be expected to be able to place events, people and changes into correct periods of time as well as using dates and vocabulary appropriately and with accuracy. In Key Stage 2 children will be given the opportunity to focus on key historical events and time periods ranging from the Stone Age through to the Viking era and that of the Anglo-Saxons.
Local visits and field trips provide excellent learning opportunities for the children in History and Geography lessons and enable them to apply their knowledge.