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History and Geography

From Year 1 onwards, all class teachers explicitly teach the foundation subjects using a blocked, knowledge-based approach.

 

Our learning sequences for History and Geography have been carefully planned, ensuring children are building on prior learning and that Tier 2 and 3 vocabulary appropriate to the study is taught explicitly. Planning starts with the knowledge, the ‘what’, the concepts and how we learn about a subject, incorporates vocabulary including etymology of words and then worked examples leading to independent tasks.

 

Planning is delivered through:

  • Spaced practice
  • Retrieval practice
  • Interleaving
  • Elaboration

 

Throughout each planning sequence, quiz questions are explored with the children cumulatively across each individual lesson. These are used as a learning tool which activate memory, rather than an assessment tool.

 

Within each lesson, children are also given the opportunity to ‘Show what you know’; this allows them to retrieve key knowledge they can recall from the lesson which they then reflect on at the start of each new session.

 

Knowledge notes are used to provide clarity to all children which incorporate key vocabulary, information and images to support learning. Regular practice ensures that the knowledge becomes ‘sticky’ and also encourages productivity.

 

To end each topic study, children can show what they have learnt through our double-page spreads. These are completed independently and children can choose how to present their findings and knowledge recall.

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