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History and geography are foundation subjects within the National Curriculum. Geography is concerned with the study of places, the human and physical processes that shape them, and the people who live in them. Children study their local area, parts of Leicestershire, and localities in the United Kingdom, and other parts of the world. At Great Dalby, geography helps children to gain a greater understanding of the ways of life and cultures of people in other places. Enjoyable and varied activities are planned to allow our children to build upon their knowledge and understanding of geographical concepts. Where ever possible we try to form a cross curricular link so that the children gain exposure to many aspects of life in the chosen locality. We encourage the children to actively challenge and develop their understanding of geographical concepts. All activities that are planned involve the children in active enquiry, fieldwork, map work and the use of information technology.
History is concerned with the past. It is the historian’s view of the past and is a mode of enquiry. History is our chronological record of what happened in the past and involves the study of men, women and children in different societies, cultures, countries and classes. Through history, our children can begin to learn and understand something about the past and its influences on life today. Our children learn to use a range of sources of information and ask the questions:
An investigative approach to history is promoted at Great Dalby Primary school. This involves children’s active participation in enquiry, using ICT for whole class and independent research, with organised visits to places of historical interest and museums, visitors to school, including historians and local experts.
Children will record their work in history in a variety of ways. They may write recounts, diaries and stories, use charts and graphs, produce pictures, posters, newspapers, comic strips (ICT) and timelines, record discussions, take and manipulate photographs, participate in role-play, debates or interviews, and construct models. Children will be encouraged to bring items of interest to school to stimulate discussion and to display inside and outside the classroom.