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Hilltop First School and Foundation Stage


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 an interesting, 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 broad 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.  Some topics will lean more towards History than Geography and vise versa but across the year a balance of subjects is covered.


Knowledge (what children understand and remember) for each topic is celebrated at the end of each unit of study via pupils completing personal ‘Double Page Spreads’.  These are an opportunity for them to creatively express all that they have learnt over the unit.


Teachers are exploring how the following Historical threads can woven into topics across Key Stage 1 and 2.  Common threads support linked learning within the subject:

  • Democracy
  • Monarchy
  • Empire
  • Legacy