At Oasis Academy Henderson Avenue we teach the Geography and History curriculum through exciting and interesting topics. Every child in the school has the opportunity to learn a new topic each term. We link our topics within humanities and also to core curriculum areas. In this way children gain a comprehensive knowledge of the different subjects and are able to put them into context and deepen their understanding of the world they live in.
Throughout Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2, pupils are involved in investigating a variety of people, places and environments both locally, and further afield in the United Kingdom and also abroad. Geographical enquiry is undertaken inside and outside the classrooms and pupils are taught key skills such as; observing and recording, asking geographical questions, analysing evidence and drawing conclusions.
Pupils learn about vocabulary specific to the subject, the use of globes, maps and plans at a range of scales, fieldwork techniques and use resources including aerial photographs, Google Earth and diagrams.
We use the 2014 curriculum to inform our planning and include topical geographical issues which relate to how people affect the environment and how they are affected by it. Environmental change and sustainable development are areas of geographical study which are especially important for the future of all our pupils.
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.