Bushy Hill Junior School

Humanities

Geography 

The Geography curriculum at Bushy Hill allows children to make comparisons between different cultures and the world we live in. Our curriculum enables the children to research different countries and understand both physical and human geography. Furthermore, it allows children to discuss the world we live in and environmental issues, their impact and what can be done to help. Through our varied topics we aim to broaden the children’s understanding of the world and other cultures and also enable them to develop map, fieldwork and orienteering skills, providing a foundation of key life skills. 

 

Skills covered in our Geography Curriculum:

  • Geographical enquiry 
  •  Locational and place knowledge 
  •  Human and physical geography 
  •  Fieldwork skills
  •  Map skills 
  •  Geographical skills (eg. Asking geographical questions)



On leaving Bushy Hill a successful learner in Geography will: 

  • Emerge with a broader understanding of the world around them.
  •  Allow them to look at different cultures and their values.
  •  Have a reinforced appreciation of British and our Bushy Hill School values. 
  • Be able to discuss world issues, such as recycling, sustainability and deforestation, topics that are of significant environmental importance. 
  • Be able to discuss and debate the world we live in, environmental issues, their impact and what can be done to help.
  • Be proactive in helping through initiatives and projects being part of an Eco School.
  • Have an understanding of the make-up of the world, locating countries and discussing other cultures.
  • Be able to identify human and physical geography.
  • Have developed map skills along with key life skills. 


History

The History curriculum at Bushy Hill develops the children’s understanding of the world’s past and how it has shaped the world we live in today. Each topic provides the children with the opportunity to immerse themselves in a period of history through experience days/reenactments, visitors and trips as well as advance their understanding of the history of their local area, wider world events and their significance. ‘Our History curriculum links with other core subjects where relevant and in context; for example, children within their study of the Anglo-Saxons discover the impact they had on Great Britain and the Roman Empire and through links with geography are able to make connections to the modern world as well as the impact Romans had on our lives today. The History curriculum also allows for children to develop an understanding of how the world around them has changed and key events, for example focusing on WW2; as a key event that has shaped the country, as well as looking at the impact the Vikings had on the United Kingdom.

 

Skills covered in our History Curriculum:

  •  Chronological understanding. 
  •  To know the significant events, which had an impact on the wider world. 
  • Develop their ability to understand new terms.
  • Use and understand methods of historical enquiry to develop their understanding of topics.




On leaving Bushy Hill a successful learner in History will:

  •  Have improved chronological knowledge of events as well as being able to make  

 links between different periods and comparisons with modern day.

  •  Have looked at key figures within a time period and the artefacts which they are able  

 to see from this period. 

  • Have studied a variety of periods and events in time, being able to paint a picture of what life might have been like. 
  • Have looked at artefacts to develop their understanding of historical inquiry, enabling them to make links with their own society and the modern world. 
  • Through outdoor learning experiences, they will have further developed their understanding of historical enquiry, looking at artefacts and structures that still exist today.  
  • Developed technical vocabulary and a greater understanding of historical terms.
  •  Have the confidence to look at aspects of the wider world and the impact on the modern world.
  • Have an understanding of different historical periods, the ability to discuss sources and conduct independent research, forming their own supported opinion of an event. 
  • Be able to use historical enquiry to look at artefacts from different time periods and understand the chronology of different events and eras through history.