Geography

Geography will inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. Our curriculum and teaching will equip pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. As pupils progress, their growing knowledge about the world will help them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments.

Our curriculum for geography will 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 a geographical context for understanding the actions of processes. They will have the opportunity to develop an understanding of the processes that give rise to key physical and human geographical features of the world. We will ensure that pupils 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, numerical and quantitative skills and writing at length.

History

Our history curriculum enables pupils to gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. It will inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past. Teaching equips pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. History helps pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time.

The history curriculum will ensure that 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. Pupils will know about 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. They will gain and deploy a historically grounded understanding of abstract terms such as ‘empire’, ‘civilisation’, ‘parliament’ and ‘peasantry’. They will 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. Pupils will be given the opportunity to develop an understanding of 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. They will gain an 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.

Modern Foreign Language(MFL) – French

Learning a foreign language provides an opening to other cultures. Our French language curriculum fosters pupils’ curiosity and deeps their understanding of the world. Teaching enables pupils to begin to communicate in another language and develops to encourage them to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing. It will also provide opportunities for them to communicate for practical purposes, learn new ways of thinking and read some literature in the original language. French language teaching provides the foundation and desire for learning further languages.

Our French language curriculum ensures that all pupils have the opportunity to understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources; speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity; find ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions, and continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation; write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt, and discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in French.

Music

Teaching music engages and inspires children to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians; it increases their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As pupils progress they will develop an engagement with music which allows them to compose, and to listen to music critically.

Our music curriculum will ensure that pupils perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians. Children will learn to sing and use their voices to create and compose music on their own and with others; they will have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument and use music technology appropriately. Children will be given opportunities to understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated. They will learn about the different dimensions of music, including pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture and structure; as well as the appropriate musical notations.

Physical Education

Our high-quality physical education curriculum inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities. We will provide opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. Opportunities will be provided to compete in sport and other activities that build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect.

Our physical education curriculum will ensure that all pupils develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities; are physically active for sustained periods of time; engage in competitive sports and activities and lead healthy, active lives.