Our aim at Oaksey Primary School is to encourage our pupils to develop an appreciation, understanding and a thirst for knowledge of the past. Our intention is to improve every pupil’s cultural and historical understanding of the world around them, including their own heritage. History allows children to start to develop their understanding of their place within a larger continuum and their cultural context. We want children to have a clear understanding of the impact that significant historical events have had on our current cultural context. We want to ensure that our children become critical and thoughtful adults and that in their time with us they start to develop their critical thinking skills.
In line with the National Curriculum, the curriculum at Oaksey aims to ensure that all pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world, which helps to stimulate pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past. Topics are carefully planned, informed by the National Curriculum and linked to previous learning. The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) aims to excite children’s curiosity about the past through the EYFS statement of ‘Understanding the World’.
At Oaksey we believe that Geography helps to provoke and provide answers to questions about the natural and human aspects of the world. Children are encouraged to develop a greater understanding and knowledge of the world, as well as their place in it. The geography curriculum at Oaksey enables children to develop knowledge and skills that are transferable to other curriculum areas and which can and are used to promote their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Geography is, by nature, an investigative subject, which develops an understanding of concepts, knowledge and skills.
The curriculum is designed to ensure that teaching equips pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with an understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. As pupils progress through the school, their growing knowledge about the world helps them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and uses of landscapes and environments. Geographical knowledge and skills are progressive and are sequenced to provide explanations of how the Earth’s features at different scales are shaped, interconnected and change over time.
We seek to inspire in children a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people which will remain with them for the rest of their lives, equipping them well for their further education and beyond.