History / Geography


History Statement

At Trent, our pupils are passionate about history. History is brought to life, enabling children to explore like detectives and work like historians. Children are given the opportunity to study a variety of primary and secondary sources, make predictions, build their historical knowledge and develop key history skills. ‘Big questions’ provide children with an enquiry-led approach to their learning, leading to them developing their own questions to investigate. Trent pupils are curious about the past and keen to understand how and why events occurred. This naturally leads them in to investigating why people interpret the past in different ways. As a school, we believe that high-quality history lessons encourage critical thinking, the ability to weigh evidence, the chance to form strong arguments, and allow pupils to develop perspective and judgement. Over their years at Trent, pupils experience a rich curriculum, learning about key historical events in Britain’s past and how they shaped our present, as well as learning about historical civilisations and periods across the world. 

The learning objectives of each lesson draw from knowledge and skills included in the National Curriculum. Projects provide highly productive opportunities to use and apply literacy, numeracy and computing skills whilst learning history through a range of exciting, creative activities. Out of classroom learning is essential and many stimulating varied ‘beyond the classroom’ learning experiences regularly take place. 

The National Curriculum for history aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • know and understand the history of these islands as a coherent, chronological narrative, from the earliest times to the present day: how people’s lives have shaped this nation and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world
  • know and understand significant aspects of the history of the wider world: the nature of ancient civilisations; the expansion and dissolution of empires; characteristic features of past non-European societies; achievements and follies of mankind
  • gain and deploy a historically-grounded understanding of abstract terms such as empire, civilisation, parliament and peasantry
  • understand historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance and use them to make connections, draw contrasts, analyse trends, frame historically-valid questions and create their own structured accounts, including written narratives and analyses
  • understanding the methods of historical enquiry, including how evidence is used rigorously to make historical claims, and discern how and why contrasting arguments and interpretations of the past have been constructed
  • gain historical perspective by placing their growing knowledge into different contexts, understanding the connections between local, regional, national and international history; between cultural, economic, military, political, religious and social history; and between short- and long-term timescales 

Geography:

Geography lessons at Trent generate a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that we hope will remain with each child for the rest of their lives.

Our pupils learn about diverse places, people, resources and environments, with a deepening understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes and of the formation of landscapes and environments over time.

All geography lessons are linked to a Creative Curriculum topic and ‘big questions’ provide children with an enquiry-led approach to their learning, leading to them developing their own questions to investigate. Children are given the opportunity to deepen their geography knowledge and develop key geography skills by working like a geographer. Out of classroom learning is essential and many stimulating varied ‘beyond the classroom’ learning experiences regularly take place. We aim to experience geography first hand by getting outside, visiting various geographical sites or bringing geography to the classroom through interactive tools. Fieldwork is a key part of our geography lessons with fieldwork opportunities, both around and beyond Trent, taking place.

At Trent, geography gives pupils a very good understanding of the ways in which places are interdependent and interconnected. Pupils are given opportunities to carry out increasingly complex geographical enquiry, apply questioning skills and use effective analytical and presentational techniques in a wide range of contexts. 

The learning objectives of each lesson draw from knowledge and skills included in the National Curriculum. Projects provide highly productive opportunities to use and apply literacy, numeracy and computing skills whilst learning geography through a range of exciting, creative activities. 

We have strong links with the local and wider community -these relationships provide a rich, and real, context to learning about national and global issues.
At Trent, we believe that our children have excellent experiences of geography as an active subject, essential to understanding, describing and caring for our planet and all its peoples.

The National Curriculum for geography aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • develop contextual knowledge of the location of globally significant places – both terrestrial and marine – including their defining physical and human characteristics and how these provide geographical context for understanding the actions of processes
  • understanding the processes that give rise to key physical and human geographical features of the world, how these are interdependent and how they bring about spatial variation and change over time
  • are competent in the geographical skills needed to:
    • collect, analyse and communicate with a range of data gathered through experiences of fieldwork that deepen their understanding of geographical processes
    • interpret a range of sources of geographical information, including maps, diagrams, globes, aerial photographs and Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
    • communicate geographical information in a variety of ways, including through maps and writing at length.

Curriculum Map for History and Geography

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