History

We aim to seek out the importance of history which fires pupils' curiosity about the past in Britain and the wider world. Pupils consider how the past influences the present, what past societies were like, how these societies organised their politics, and what beliefs and cultures influenced people's actions.

As they do this, pupils develop a chronological framework for their knowledge of significant events and people. They see the diversity of human experience, and understand more about themselves as individuals and members of society. What they learn can influence their decisions about personal choices, attitudes and values.

In history, pupils find evidence, weigh it up and reach their own conclusions. To do this they need to be able to research, sift through evidence, and argue for their point of view – skills that are prized in adult life.

Aims and objectives:

  • To foster in children an interest in the past and to develop an understanding that enables them to enjoy all that history has to offer;
  • To understand the values of our society;
  • To enable children to know about events in Bristish history and aspects of European and World history in order to appreciate how things have changed over time;
  • To develop a knowledge of chronology within which the child can organise their understanding of the past;
  • To understand how the past was different from the present and that people of other times and places may have had different values and attitudes from ours;
  • To understand the nature of eveidence by emphasising the process of enquiry and by developing a range of skills required to interpret primary and secondary source materials;
  • To distinguish between historical facts and interpretation of those facts;
  • To understand that events have a multiplicity of causes and that historical explanation is provisonal, debatable and sometimes controversial.

 Geography

Geography teaches an understanding of places and environments. Through their work in geography, children learn about their local area and compare their life in this area with that in other regions in the United Kingdom and in the rest of the world. They learn how to draw and interpret maps and they develop the skills of research, investigation, analysis and problem-solving. Through their growing knowledge and understanding of human geography, children gain an appreciation of life in other cultures. Geography taeching also motivates children to find out about the physical world and enables them to recognise the importance of sustainable development for future mankind.

Aims and Objectives:

  • To enable children to gain knowledge and understanding of places in the world;
  • To increase children's knowledge of other cultures and, in so doing, teach a respect and understanding of what it means to be a positive citizen in a multi-cultural country;
  • To allow children to learn graphic skills, including how to use, draw and interpret maps;
  • To enable children to know and understand environmental problems at a local, regional and global level;
  • To encourage in children a commitment to suistainable development and an appreciation of what 'global citizenship' means;
  • To develop a variety of other skills, including those enquiry, problem solving, ICT, investigation and how to present their conclusions in the most appropraite way.

Local Area

At Wansdyke we feel it is important that the children experience all that the local area of Devizes and surrounding area has to offer. We aim to implement aspects of Devizes geographical wonder and historical background into our teaching each term. Children acquiring the skills to understand and be knowledgeable about their local area is one of our key drivers for this academic year.