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Hilltop First School and Foundation Stage

Geography & History

We believe that children need to learn core knowledge whilst developing the necessary skills to make them independent thinkers who will progress through school and beyond.  With this in mind, our staff have worked hard to develop a History and Geography curriculum which is dynamic, broad, balanced and innovative to ensure that the children enjoy a practical, fun, challenging learning experience that will prepare them for life in 21st Century Britain.  We recognise that children need a curriculum that is wider than the statutory National Curriculum.   Where possible, subject specific content is covered within the context of whole term topics.  Staff within each Key Stage plan together to cover all areas of the curriculum over the course of a two year rolling programme which accommodates our mixed year group classes.


Knowledge (what children remember) related to each topic is assessed at the end of each unit of study (usually the end of a long term) Attainment of key subject skills (what children can do) is measured at end of Year 2 and Year 4 although ongoing progress towards these assessment criteria is monitored and recorded by teachers through class based observations across all four years.  In most Foundation Subjects, knowledge is assessed via pupils completing personal ‘Double Page Spreads’.  These are an opportunity for them to creatively express all that they have learnt over the term.


Specific details of this term and previous term's learning can be seen in the Learning Updates published each half term.