Topics and Creative Curriculum
At St Peter’s our History and Geography is taught through termly topic themes, concluding the year with a whole school topic.
Our Curriculum Intent
At St Peter’s we want the children to build essential skills and knowledge through our curriculum that celebrates not only our local area but also the wider World. Each year group has a unit that investigates an element of the UK or our local area and local fieldtrips and visits are encouraged to support ‘real life’ and ands on experiences. Our city centre location offers plenty of opportunity for map making skills, while the location of Canterbury also offers links to London, coastal areas and the countryside, a rich and diverse setting which we are fortunate to have and can show children first hand different human and physical features. Each year group also has a unit that celebrates and encourages curiosity about the wider World we live in. Children will learn to use a range of maps (including digital) and atlases to explore different climates, habitats, countries, locations and landmarks round the World. A few of these unit titles are left open for teachers to select a country/region that most interests or draws on the teacher’s/pupils’ knowledge, depending on the class. We also want children to consider their role as global citizens. In Key Stage 2 there is a current environmental topic linked to a unit such as de-forestation or Fair-trade. This for the children to research in order for them to feel empowered to have their own viewpoint in order to debate, campaign or reach out to local councils/communities and consider what role they can play as part of the future generation.
Our Yearly Overview
Progression in Geography
Our Curriculum Intent
At St Peter’s we have created a History curriculum that is centred on our unique setting in Canterbury and its surrounding areas, whilst also looking further afield at influences and the impact of significant time periods in the wider world. We are fortunate to have many local resources to draw upon including historical buildings, The Beaney Library, our cathedral, historic seaside towns and local castles as well as a deep history to inspire and engage children as they can bring historical time periods and events closer to them. We also aim to draw upon local resources through historical associations, Canterbury Christ Church University and our families (particularly in Key Stage 1 where they can help children contrast experiences between when they were little and now). Our units all begin with a key question to promote curiosity and historical enquiry skills, encouraging children to want to find answers and apply skills such as interpreting artefacts and sources to build a picture of an event, people or time period. Topics in Key Stage 1 draw on things children are interested in and familiar with so they can make comparisons and see the impact of some historical figures. In Key Stage 2 children work through units chronologically to ensure an understanding of timelines, the passing of time and a wider historical context. Timelines are used in every year group and show progression between Key Stage 1 and 2. Key Stage 1 focuses on vocabulary and sorting, Key Stage 2 has a greater emphasis on time vocabulary and historical time periods and the timelines are kept and added to each year.