History and Geography Curriculum

At St Elizabeth’s, we aim to stimulate children’s interest in the past and the World around them by encouraging them to ask perceptive questions and make links between periods and places using a range of evidence.  Pupils are given the opportunity to communicate their understanding in a variety of ways: through written accounts and oral presentations, through art and design and dance and drama.  The study of History and Geography promotes both collaborative group work and independent inquiry and we look to use digital technology where possible in all year groups.  We also aim to teach History and Geography topics across the curriculum in other subject areas and our class English texts often relate to a period or place studied.

At school, we are fortunate to be close to a number of historical and geographically important sites and we use our local environment to carry out investigations and educational visits. Examples of recent visits are: Year 2 visit to The Royal British Legion Poppy Factory, Year 5 visit to Hampton Court, Year 6 visit to the Churchill War Rooms, Year 3 visit to the British Museum, Year 2 visit to Kelmscott House, Year 5 visit to the National History Museum and Year 4 visit to Sayers Croft.

Regular Theme Days, when staff and children dress up in costume and immerse themselves in the past, are an exciting way in which we bring our historical topics to life. Our Evacuee day and Greek Day are recent examples of this. We also welcome a number of visiting speakers to enrich our topics throughout the year.

Click here to view the Statutory Programmes of Study and Attainment Targets for History.

Click here to view the Statutory Programmes of Study and Attainment Targets for Geography.