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History and geography use a cross-curricular, topic based approach to build good study habits using a variety of resources.  In geography, pupils study local, national and international topics. Visits to Chesham town centre, the River Chess and an overnight stay on board the Golden Hinde give the children first hand experiences. Geographical understanding on a wider scale is developed through a variety of projects. 

In history, pupils study a variety of civilisations including Ancient Greeks, Romans and Great Britain and are encouraged to make comparisons between lifestyles in the different eras and the present. Pupils are encouraged to perform their own independent research to extend their knowledge and make extensive use of the library and the internet.

Provision in the Geography curriculum will enable pupils to:-
 
  • Locate the world’s countries, with a focus on Europe and countries of particular interest to pupils
  • Locate the world’s countries, with focus on North and South America and countries of particular interest to pupils
  • Identify key geographical features of the countries of the United Kingdom, and show an understanding of how some of these aspects have changed over time
  • Locate the geographic zones of the world
  • Understand the significance of the geographic zones of the world
  • Understand geographical similarities and differences through the study of human and physical geography of a region or area of the United Kingdom (different from that taught at Key Stage 1)
  • Understand geographical similarities and differences through the study of human and physical geography of a region or area in a European country
  • Understand geographical similarities and differences through the study of the human and physical geography of a region or area within North or South America
  • Describe and understand key aspects of:
  • Physical geography, including: climate zones, biomes and vegetation belts, rivers, mountains, volcanoes and earthquakes and the water cycle
  • Human geography, including: settlements, land use, economic activity including trade links and the distribution of natural resources including energy, food, minerals and water supplies
  • Use maps, atlases, globes and digital/computer mapping to locate countries and describe features studied
  • Use the eight points of a compass, four-figure grid references, symbols and keys (including the use of Ordnance Survey maps) to build knowledge of the United Kingdom and the world
  • Use a wide range of geographical sources in order to navigate places and patterns
  • Use fieldwork to observe, measure and record the human and physical features in the local area using a range of methods, including sketch maps, plans and graphs and digital technologies

Provision in the History curriculum will enable pupils to:-
 
  • Changes in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age
  • The Roman Empire and its impact on Britain
  • Britain’s settlement by Anglo Saxons and Scots
  • The Viking and Anglo Saxon struggle for the Kingdom of England
  • A local history study
  • A study of a theme in British history
  • The achievements of early civilisations and an in-depth study of one of the following:  Ancient Sumer; The Indus Valley; Ancient Egypt; the Shang Dynasty
  • Ancient Greece
  • A non-European society that contrasts with British history chosen from:
  • Early Islamic civilisation
  • Mayan civilisation
  • Benin
 
History of interest to pupils*
 
*Items marked*are not statutory
 
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