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:
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.
Local History Week
As part of our Local History Week, the children of Bowlee Park visited and researched our local area. They scrutinised maps dating back to the 1800s and compared these with aerial photographs taken over time. Many classes walked to different areas in our vicinity including Langley, Middleton and Birch-in-Hopwood. The children were able to recognise how areas had changed (linking back to the historical maps), identify features from different periods of time, take part in graveyard studies and identify architecture from Edgar Wood. In class, the children delved further into these studies, discovering more about times gone by and the history of our area.