History and Geography
History and Geography Intent
Our intention is that all young Vincentians will experience success as a geographer through our Project Based Learning (PBL) approach responding to a driving question. These projects are directly linked to our Vincentian Values.
Geography gives the children an opportunity to explore and investigate questions in order to understand the world they live in. PBL and cross curricular links with Geography inspire curiosity in their learning and fascination about the world and its people.
St Vincent’s aim is to equip our children with Geographical skills and knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. As our children progress, they will develop a contextual knowledge of place, of seas and oceans including defining physical and human characteristics. Their growing knowledge about the world and geographical skills should help them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between Physical and Human features/processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments. Fieldwork is integral to involving pupils in practical geographical research and enquiry.
Our intention is that all young Vincentians will experience success as a historian through a cross curricular way through our Project Based Learning (PBL) approach responding to a driving question. These projects are directly linked to our Vincentian Values. History helps children as they progress through school to understand the world in which they live, in the context of both the past and the present, as well as develop our children into educated global citizens for the modern 21st Century world.
History helps our pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time. It also links with spiritual, moral, social and cultural development e.g. child labour in Victorian Britain, significance of Remembrance Day as part of World War II.
The Historical skills developed include enquiry (asking questions), critical thinking, weighing evidence, sifting through arguments, and allowing children to develop their wider perspective and judgement. They will also learn and understand about placing events and people from the past in chronological order, summarising events from periods of history and elaborating on what happened – enriching their knowledge of the past.
The study of history builds on their prior learning, involves engaging pupils in investigating questions about people and events in the past, in order to enable them to better understand their lives today, and to prepare them for their future – building a sense of interconnectedness, interdependency, belonging, empathy, solidarity, diversity and responsibility.