History and Geography Curriculum



At Kingsley St John’s we aim to provide a high-quality education that enables children to gain coherent knowledge and understanding about Britain's past and the wider world. We hope to inspire our pupils’ curiosity about the past. Children will learn the historical skills that will allow them to understand the history of Britain in a clear and chronological narrative, allowing our children to see important events in time whilst learning about significant events, people and places. We aim to enable the children to understand historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarities and differences and significant events and use these to make connections and pose historically valid questions. By posing these questions, our children can use historical enquiry and evidence to back up historical claims and learn how and why contrasting arguments and interpretations of the past have been made (NC 2014)

Our history curriculum has been separated according each Key Stage and the curriculum is made up of both statutory and non-statutory elements. The statutory elements of the curriculum are key and must be taught to our children, and these forms the basis of the teaching at Kingsley St Johns. We have decided that the curriculum is covered via a two-year rolling programme, this allows us to teach the statutory coverage in a cross curricular manner, and spend enough time to apply the historical skills to each part of the subject. At the end of KS1 and KS2, children will learn about a local study that is relevant to our area. This allows the children to experience what it would have been like to live in the past and how that differs from their lives now. By becoming 'history detectives' they place the story in to history and start to understand the narrative of those who lived before them.

Key Skills Coverage and Progression

Each class will cover in depth focused historical skills when teaching their statutory unit. However, other historical skills will also be taught throughout other lessons that are covered in the term. By focusing on key skills teachers can teach these specifically, and so during the coverage of the rolling programme children will have had an opportunity to be taught all the historical skills in depth. By the end of each key stage pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the relevant programme of study. Progression is assessed formatively and summatively looking at aspects of achievement in history:


  • Chronology
  • Historical concepts
  • Historical interpretation
  • Historical enquiry
  • Historical communication


Our Geography curriculum aims to inspire children to become curious and fascinated with the wider world and the people who live there. We aim to equip the children with the correct knowledge about diverse places, people, resources, environments and the earth's key physical and human processes. Our children will learn about globally significant places, how they have changed through time and how they differ from where they live. We aim to provide the children with the competence to collect data via fieldwork and analyse and present that data using a range of methods. As our pupils progress their growing knowledge about the world should help them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and the formation and use of landscapes and environments. (NC 2014)


As with history, our geography curriculum is separated into Key stages, with focused skills taught enabling our pupils to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in each relevant programme of study. Both key stages contain opportunities to develop locational and place knowledge along with human and physical geography as well as geographical skills and fieldwork.

Key Skills Coverage and Progression

Progression is assessed formatively and summatively, looking at aspects of achievement in geography:

  • Locational and place knowledge
  • Fieldwork
  • Use of basic geographical vocabulary
  • Using globes and places
  • Map work skills
  • Human and physical geography: enquiry skills and communication.


For more information regarding the history and geography curriculum, please contact Mrs Gibson at senco@kingsleystjohns.co.uk

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