Understanding the World

‘It is I who made the earth and created mankind upon it’ Isaiah 45:12

Our children have limited experiences beyond their local community as such our curriculum aims to give those children the experiences of the wider and global communities they may otherwise never be exposed to. Building on the natural curiosities of the youngest children in the Early Years, our topics offer a range of opportunities for investigating these places through time as well as the physical and human processes completed for our world to look the way it does. Historically, for younger children we intend to improve children’s understanding of time, events, and people in their memory and their parents’ and grandparents’ memories. As children move through the school, children are encouraged to learn more about the chronological order of events progressing from ancient history through to modern day history. Geographically, as children progress throughout the school we intend to improve children’s geographical vocabulary, mapping skills and facts, so that, they have a clear understanding of why environments look like they do, how they can be changed and their place in the community and beyond. Scientifically, wherever possible, we intend for children to learn through varied systematic investigations, leading to them being equipped for life to ask and answer scientific questions about the world around them. As children progress through the year groups, they build on their skills in working scientifically, as well as on their scientific knowledge, as they develop greater independence in planning and carrying out fair and comparative tests to answer a range of scientific questions. Alongside these three key areas children will develop the skills necessary to use Computing as a tool to provide links in our learning and assist in gathering information, recording and reporting, becoming creative users of the information they possess.

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