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History and Geography


Our Remembrance Tribute


The subjects of history and geography are delivered through a ‘topic’ approach throughout the school. Planned curriculum days each year encourage the children to gain a greater understanding of how events, both local and global, past and present, have influenced the world.


St John's has its own museum


In the Foundation Stage, children develop a sense of history and develop their geographical skills through activities within the Specific Area of ‘Understanding the world’, which works towards achieving the following expectations as part of The Early Learning Goals.

 Children will talk about past and present events in their own lives and in the lives of family members. They will learn to know that other children don’t always enjoy the same things, and become sensitive to this. They will become to know about similarities and differences between themselves and others, and among families, communities and traditions. Nursery and Reception Topics are planned around the children’s interests.

Your child will be encouraged to gain a wider experience of the world around them. They will learn through first-hand experiences to explore, observe, problem solve, predict, think critically, make decisions and talk about the creatures, people, plants and objects in their natural environments.

Children will learn about seasons, the weather, features in the local area and the buildings that surround them. They may be shown photographs of the local area to help them identify features, for example a library, railway, church or mosque. They will also be encouraged to record their findings, perhaps through drawing, writing, and modelling.


Key Stage 1

During Key Stage 1 pupils learn about people's lives and lifestyles. They find out about significant men, women, children and events from the recent and more distant past, including those from both Britain and the wider world. They will listen and respond to stories and use sources of information to help them ask and answer questions. They will learn how the past is different from the present.

Your child will learn to understand the world by: comparing locations; investigating; researching different sources; writing and talking about places; asking and answering questions.  At St John’s we aim to develop your child’s fascination for the world around them.

In Years 1 and 2, your child will to begin to develop a geographical vocabulary by learning about where they live, as well as other areas in the United Kingdom and a small area in a contrasting country. They will learn about weather patterns in the United Kingdom and hot and cold areas of the world. They will use ICT, world maps, atlases and globes, simple compass directions, aerial photographs and plans, as well as simple fieldwork and observational skills.

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