Geography is essentially about the study of places, the human and physical processes which shape them and the people who live in them.
Skills developed through Geography help pupils to make sense of their surroundings and the wider world. At Bronte, teaching and learning Geography stimulates and develops an attitude of curiosity and questioning about the UK and the wider world.
Geography inspires interest in children’s surroundings and in the variety of human and physical conditions on the Earth’s surface. Pupils develop the skills needed to undertake geographical investigations, partake in geographical field work, work with maps and images, explore physical and human patterns and processes, gain a greater understanding of the ways of life and cultures of people in other places and develop a sense of responsibility for the care of the Earth and its people.
All of this is achieved in the study of a range of topics across all year groups, taught by class teachers, nurturing enquiring minds in the children.
At Bronte, we believe that primary History should stimulate and develop an attitude of curiosity and questioning, resulting in different interpretations of historical knowledge communicated in a variety of ways. The aim is to allow children to have a greater understanding of the world in which they live, to appreciate the influence of people’s beliefs and attitudes.
Bronte teachers wish to establish a classroom climate that encourages curiosity and questions, to foster an interest and an understanding in the present and the future through a knowledge of the past. Teaching and resources arouse an interest in the drama and excitement of history, show how people lived, where people lived, how communities have developed, how inventions came about, how communications developed and how invaders have influenced our natural heritage. Topics and investigations also serve to stimulate interest in local history.
Strategies include looking at cause and effect, change and continuity, chronology, points of view and studying a range of different evidence. This evidence might include photographs, video clips, books, newspapers, inventories, diary entries and a range of real life artefacts.
We hope to develop a love of learning and independent enquiry through the study of History.