The World: Geography, History, Languages and Global Learning
“This is the Lord’s doing; it is marvellous in our eyes.”
At Boddington CE Primary Academy, we believe learning about ‘The World’ within our whole school topics, the Children here at Boddington will develop curiosity and fascination about specific people, places events and understand how this contributes to the diverse world in which we live in today.
Why We Teach 'The World' Curriculum
Through the study of Geography, History, Global Learning and Languages, we want to inspire in our children, a curiosity and fascination about the world and the diverse people and places within it; We aim for a high quality curriculum which stimulates the children’s interest and develops their knowledge and understanding of key time periods, people and cultures, a wide range of locations including natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. We also want to encourage children to question and explore important issues both locally and internationally and develop their own informed decisions about them.
How do we teach 'The World' subjects?
We teach Geography, informed by the National Curriculum, supported by our Academy Skills and Knowledge Progression Documents, adapted to our mixed age classes. This ensures that skills and knowledge are built on year by year and sequenced appropriately to maximise learning for all children. It is important that children develop the skills of a geographer by fully immersing them in all areas of the subject. Opportunities for learning outside the classroom are embedded in practise and linked to the whole school topics. School trips and fieldwork are provided to give first hand experiences, which enhance children’s understanding of the world beyond their locality.
To ensure high standards of teaching and learning in history, we implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school and driven by our termly Whole School Topics, focusing on knowledge and skills stated in the National Curriculum and mapped out in our Academy wide progression documents. These are often revisited, to ensure retention of both skills and knowledge, which stimulate pupils’ thoughts and allows for reflection. At Boddington CE Primary Academy, we ensure that within the teaching of history, all children will gain knowledge and skills, not just through experiences within the classroom, but also with the use of fieldwork, immersion visits and educational visits, enabling then to deepen their understanding of who and what has shaped our world today.
As we greatly value the acquisition of language skills for our children, children from nursery age up to year 6 are taught French in sessions led by a specialist teacher. The children's knowledge of written and spoken French develops across the school, beginning with understanding of nouns, and common greetings, leading to more specific knowledge of sentence formation and more complex spoken language.
Global learning specific
As we live in a diverse multicultural society, we believe it is imperative that children understand this and have the opportunity to learn about different cultures to better understand the world in which they live. Opportunities for Global Learning are embedded across our whole school topics in the form of linked lessons, visits and experiences. Here at Boddington, we seek out opportunities for visitors to come in and speak to the children about specific issues both local and global. We also value understanding sustainability and the impact humans are having on environments across the world. Children and parents here are encouraged to share issues they are passionate about and as a school we will explore ways to support them. Examples have included developing links to a local food bank, raising money for charities, sponsoring animals and promoting recycling.
What Do 'The World' Subjects Look Like At Boddington Primary Academy?
The World Subjects at Boddington