In the most part, History and Geography are the key drivers behind term topics, while other areas such as literacy are utilised as a vehicle to explore these areas. At De Lacy, we are keen to provide children with opportunities to experience Geography and History first hand and, as such, teachers organise regular school outings to help inspire the children and improve their contextual understanding of core learning objectives.
At De Lacy, we aim to widen our children’s knowledge of the world, the human and physical processes that shape them and the people who live in them. The children study local features and then begin to expand their learning outside the area to other parts of the UK and abroad. The children are taught various geographical skills such as the use of maps and how to navigate using co-ordinates. They also deepen their understanding of the environment and the biotic and abiotic factors that influence its appearance.
A great deal of this work is supported by visits and trips to various locations. In the Early Years, children are encouraged to think about the world around them. They identify differences and similarities within their own immediate environment and communities. In Key Stage 1, children learn how to read and draw simple maps using invented and conventional symbols. In Key Stage 2, the children deepen their appreciation of weather systems, landscapes and population densities in a variety of countries and continents.
Our community is an integral part of our school life. We are proud of our past and recognise that this has impacted on society today. In Key Stage 1, children learn about the lives and lifestyles of familiar people in the recent past and about famous people and events in the more distant past, including those from British history.
In Key Stage 2, children learn about people and important events and developments from recent and more distant times in the locality, in Britain and in other parts of the world. Children are taught the skills of historical enquiry by looking at as many real sources as possible and by recreating events from the past. The importance of ancient civilisation and human development over time is reinforced to appreciate the society we inhabit today.