Great Bowden Academy’s Curriculum: Humanities
In Geography the children develop a knowledge and understanding of places and environments throughout the world, an understanding of maps and a range of problem-solving skills both inside and outside the classroom.
In Key Stage 1 the children learn about countries within the United Kingdom, the different continents and oceans as well as map reading and making. We use the starting point of places in our school grounds to begin to investigate key geographical concepts that are then examined later in school in different places and contexts.
In Key Stage 2 the children study geographical features within the UK and in contrasting localities globally. They also learn about rivers, settlements and environmental issues, as well as issues relevant to preserving our planet, our resources and our futures.
Geography-based curriculum themes develop cross-curriculum links with, for example, maths, history, literacy and design and technology.
In History the children learn about events of importance to them, the immediate past and the distant past.
Books, newspapers, objects, photographs, ICT, specialist history visitors and visits all help them to learn about life in the past. In Key Stage 1 the children learn about different aspects of everyday life in the past: the history of our school, of the Old Grammar School in Market Harborough, the Great Fire of London. During Key Stage 2 they will be taught about important developments in Britain’s past from Roman to modern times, and also about ancient civilisations and local history.
Our history teaching centres around key enquiry skills as well as historical concepts that are examined in different contexts and times in history lessons across the school.
As a Church of England Primary School we follow the Leicestershire Agreed Syllabus and the ‘Understanding Christianity’ programme. R.E. at Great Bowden Academy is taught in line with the R.E. statement of Entitlement (see below) R.E. Statement of Entitlement for Church Schools
Our R.E. lessons teach the children about faiths, beliefs and values held across the world and provide opportunities for children of all faiths and none to reflect on key concepts and learn to respect each other.