History and Geography

The foundation of History and Geography teaching at Colnbrook C. of E. Primary is in the Cornerstones Curriculum; a well-sequenced coherent curriculum that develops children’s historical and geographical skills and knowledge by providing outstanding learning opportunities for children. Throughout the scheme, there is complete coverage of all national curriculum programmes of study. All projects also develop historical and geographical skills based around evidence and enquiry. Teachers use this scheme to plan and adapt learning to suit our pupils.

Topic lessons are taught three days a week in each class to ensure that the children are given enough time to immerse themselves and embed new knowledge. Our use of the Cornerstones resources helps to ensure that we teach key concepts such as chronology, cause and effect, similarity and difference, significance, and hierarchy; all of which are revisited throughout every project to ensure that skills are developed over time. The choice of geographical locations have been chosen to provide a broad and diverse understanding of the world. We have selected a variety of locations and historical events that also link to our local area.

Throughout the learning process, children will progress through four stages of learning in each Imaginative Learning Project (ILP) – Engage, Develop, Innovate and Express. Cornerstones ensure that their framework clearly outlines all expectations for end of year in all subjects. These skills are links to each lesson input and activity where staff can easily track children’s progress and plan accordingly. We make links, where appropriate, to other curriculum areas to build on knowledge and skills.

Our History and Geography curriculum map can be viewed alongside other subjects on the curriculum overview page.