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History

History fires curiosity about the past and the wider world. Children will consider how the past can influence the present as well as the future.  It develops chronological framework for children's knowledge of significant events and people.  At Blackfell we implement history to help achieve the following:

  • Develop chronological understanding of periods of time
  • Increase knowledge and understanding of key events
  • Know about famous people who have influenced the course of history
  • Recognise that the past is represented and interpreted in different ways
  • Be able to use a range of sources to select and record relevant information
  • Develop a range of skills necessary to communicate their knowledge and understanding

Our KS2 topics reflect Britain's past chronologically and the children build upon this through their own personal timelines that follow them through their school journey.  

We explore the wider world through investigating the Ancient Greek, Egyptian and Mayan civilisations.

The north-east of England is the birth place of a range of important figures that have left a story or helped change the world.  Our curriculum design explores these characters in detail.  Each year group will study one of the following: Grace Darling, famed for participating in the rescue of survivors from the shipwrecked Forfarshire in 1838; George Stephenson, The Father of the Railways; Sir Joseph Swan, an English physicist and chemist who created the incandescent light bulb; Sir William George Armstrong, an interesting engineer and inventor famed for creating the first hydro-electric powered house in the world.  We also explore events significant to our region such as 'The Great Fire of Gateshead' and our coal mining and ship building heritage.

We aim for our curriculum to inspire a hunger for learning more about the past.  All lessons begin with a key question that we aim to explore.  We want children to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, investigate arguments and develop perspective and judgement.

 

Geography

 At Blackfell we strive for a Geography education that drives a curiosity and fascination of the world and the people that live here.  Our curriculum should equip pupils with a knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and differing environments.  As pupil progress their growing knowledge of the world, it should help them to deepen understanding of the interaction between physical and human  processes and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments.  Geographical knowledge, understanding and skills provide the frameworks and approaches that explain how the Earth's features at different scales are shaped, interconnected and change over time.

Opportunities are provided, through the units of work studied, to enable children to acquire field work skills, geographical skills and knowledge.  All lessons begin with a key question that will be explored.  The geographical enquiry aim is to inspire the children and stimulate an interest and curiosity about their immediate surroundings, places in the UK and world, including the communities and people that live within them.

 

Find below the units of work covered across our History and Geography curriculum.