We use a topic-based approach to bring the humanities alive.
Our history and geography topics are alternated with each other and a half-term of science and artist themed topics to create a rich and stimulating curriculum.
The geography topics are linked across year groups, with children learning more about their role as citizens of London and our amazing planet as they move through the school. Key concepts are built on and expanded as children learn more, with disciplinary knowledge also developing through a carefully planned progression in mapping and other fieldwork activities.
We kick off our topics with ‘immersion days’ where pupils build up a bank of knowledge and explore their new topic through fun, creative activities. The school has established relationships with museums and other organisations in London ensuring exciting visits and high quality workshops are built into the school calendar.
Each geography topic has a ‘key learning question’, which is introduced to children at the start of the topic and is returned to in subsequent lessons. At the end of the half-term children complete a piece of writing responding to the question and demonstrating their understanding using all they have learned through the topic.
Below are knowledge organisers for our Geography topics, which give an overview of the key knowledge and vocabulary for each topic, as well as showing how they build on each other. Children are introduced to these at the start of the topic and are quizzed throughout the half-term, using the knowledge to help them in their response to the key learning question.
‘Where We Live: London’
Y1 Geography Where We Live – Our School Knowledge Organiser
Y2 Geography Where We Live – Out and About in Hackney Knowledge Organiser
Y3 Geography Where We Live – Feeding Our City Knowledge Organiser
Y4 Geography Where We Live – Canal Life Knowledge Organiser
Y5 Geography Where We Live – Pollution Knowledge Organiser
Y6 Geography Where We Live – Global City Knowledge Organiser
Y1 Geography Seas and Coasts- The UK Knowledge Organiser
Y2 Geography Continents – UK and Turkey Knowledge Organiser
Y3 Geography Rivers – The Amazon Knowledge Organiser
Y4 Geography Climate – The Alps Knowledge Organiser
Y5 Geography Biomes – North America Knowledge Organiser
Y6 Geography Volcanoes – The Galapagos Islands Knowledge Organiser