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Geography in KS1

Children are given opportunities to develop their knowledge about people and places around the world and those in their immediate environment.  First hand experiences, alongside other simple geographical skills play a large role in enabling our children to enhance their understanding of their current location and in relation to the rest of the world. 

Geographical similarities and differences are identified through learning about physical and human features of a place or contrasting locations e.g. comparing Qatar and China.   Key vocabulary is introduced and our children use it to refer to geographical features, including seasonal and daily weather patterns comparing hot and cold locations. 

Fieldwork and geographical skills are developed to support the children in their studies of our school and grounds and the key human and physical features of the surrounding environment. 

A wide variety of geographical resources are used including maps, atlases, globes and photographs.   Simple compass directions are taught to develop locational and directional language.  

Effective cross curricular links are developed to deepen the learning and enrich the children’s knowledge and understanding.

History in KS1

Exciting opportunities are presented to our children as they take a step back in time to discover the importance of people and events in history.  The children are taught to have a growing awareness of the past and use vocabulary to express themselves when discussing the passing of time.  Children make observations between the past and present to identify similarities and differences.

Subject content for children in Years 1 and 2 focuses on:

·         Changes within living memory, including aspects of life in Qatar

·         Events beyond living memory that are nationally and globally significant

·         The lives of famous people, for example, Florence Nightingale

This subject is brought to life through our use of various sources including aretfacts, stories, photographs, videos and real life experiences of people we know in our community.  Children investigate and evidence their findings using a variety of media including art and design and technology, drama and ICT