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History and Geography

History Overview

 

At Bowlee Park Primary school we teach history as part of a broad and balanced curriculum. Our history teaching is planned through topics. We ensure that children are taught a wide range of historical periods as they progress throughout the school, starting with changes in living memory, progressing to learning about events and significant historical figures locally, nationally and then internationally throughout Key Stage One. These will typically be taught through topics such as all about me, toys, the great fire of London and intrepid explorers like Christopher Columbus and Neil Armstrong.

In Key Stage Two, the children cover two specific areas: British History which is taught chronologically and a Broader History Study. The British History begins with leaning about Stone Age to Iron Age Britain and moves on to the Roman Empire, Anglo Saxons and Vikings and finishes with a local history study about life in World War 2.

The Broader History Study covers early ancient civilisations Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece and then a Non- European study of the Mayan civilisation. These KS2 Topics are carefully selected to fit the year groups so that the children are challenged appropriately and progression takes place from year three to year six.

Historical investigation skills are taught alongside the knowledge, so that children are able to apply these to new learning situations as they arise. We teach and encourage the children to:

  • Observe carefully
  • Ask questions
  • Think critically
  • Examine evidence
  • Compare arguments for and against

 

Geography Overview.

The approach to geography teaching, at Bowlee Park, is taught in a similar vein to history. We teach geography through topics; teaching knowledge using both first hand experiences and creative resources to provide children with a secure level of understanding of the world. But also, linking their geographical skills to other areas of the curriculum and their everyday life to highlight the relevance of these skills.

We build on geographical knowledge; learning about our country and the world around us, from capital city facts to international trade links. Our geography topics are chosen to develop knowledge of our world, of physical and human geography and to develop map skills.

Children at our school enjoy the practical side of geography, including learning to use maps and compasses. This is taught in a variety of ways: through residential trips, using Beebots, orienteering and utilising our school grounds.

As part of a whole school project about Noor Inayat Khan all of our children and staff were invited to dress up in 1940's style. We were very impressed by the effort everyone made!. The day celebrated the end of World War 2. The children were all 'evacuated' onto the playground with their rations of a sandwich and a biscuit. Children listened to some music whilst eating their rations and celebrated the end of the war after listening to Winston Churchill's victory speech.

 

Noor Inayat Khan

Noor was born on 1 January 1914, the granddaughter of an Indian Sultan. She was brought up as a strict Sufi Muslim and lived initially in Russia then later moved to Paris. Noor was a bright young woman. She played five instruments, was an accomplished artist, wrote children’s stories which were published and read on the radio, and spoke Russian, French and English fluently. When the Nazis invaded Paris, Noor fled to England with her mother and siblings. Against all her convictions she decided to help the British fight the Nazis. She believed in personal human rights and although she disagreed with the British ownership of India, she felt that the Nazis were the greater threat. Noor trained as a radio wireless operator and as she also spoke perfect French she was chosen to join the Special Operations Executive (SOE) as a spy.

She was sent to Paris to send back information to help with the war effort. Due to her religious beliefs Noor refused to take the gun assigned to her. Noor’s life expectancy at this point was only six weeks. She quickly became the only operator sending messages as her colleagues were arrested around her. She was eventually betrayed and caught by the Gestapo and sent to a concentration camp, where she later died. Noor is now known as ‘The Princess Spy’. 

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