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History & Geography

These curriculum areas are taught through our creative topic planning.

History Intent Statement


History is covered as part of what we call Topic.  A Topic covers a term, and each one will begin with a sensational starter and end with a fabulous finish.  At Murrow Primary Academy we want children to be inspired to learn about how the past has shaped the world today.  By linking learning to a number of engaging topics, children have opportunities to investigate and interpret the past to ensure a coherent understanding of the chronology of the past.  Children will be able to place their learning on a school timeline which will ensure they can appreciate how events are linked and separated. 


In Key stage 1 pupils develop an awareness of the past using common words and phrases relating to the passing of time.  Pupils learn about changes within living memory and events beyond living memory that are significant nationally and globally as well as learning about the lives of significant individuals.  Children will ask questions about life in the past, they will choose and use parts of stories and other sources to show that they know and understand key features of past events.  E.g.  Why did the Fire of London start?


In Keys stage 2 pupils continue to develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of British, local and world history.  They note connections contrasts and trends over time and develop the appropriate use of historical terms.  This could be delivered through pupil research, experience days and interviewing knowledgeable experts

Geographical work starts with the youngest children studying the relationship between places which they know and using play maps for cars, and develops to compass work, the interpretation of maps and the study of places beyond the pupil’s experience.