History

History is taught at Leagrave through a series of engaging termly topics, and enhanced with additional special events throughout the year such as Black History Month in October and the ‘We Will Remember’ project early in November.

Each year group has three cross curricular topics, which provide opportunities to develop both skills and knowledge in line with the expectations of the curriculum.

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In Early Years, children develop a sense of self, and think about their own personal histories as well as commemorating key events. They learn about the past in practical ways such as through stories and role play.

In Key Stage One, pupils learn about people’s lives and lifestyles and how they might change. Topics include’ Street Detectives’ in Year Two, where children identify changes in the local area over time, and ‘Bright Lights, Big City’, where Year One use a range of methods to represent what they can find out about The Great Fire of London as well as what London is like today. They find out about significant men, women, children and events from the recent and more distant past, such as famous astronauts in the Year One ‘Moon Zoom’ topic; and use a range of resources such as stories, artefacts and images to help them investigate the past. They learn how the past is different from the present, and begin to use language relating to the passage of time.

In Key Stage Two, there is a broadly chronological progression through British, local and world history. Year Three study the earliest phases of British history by investigating life in the Stone Age and Roman Periods; this is then built on in Year Four with studies of Saxon, Viking and early Medieval history.

Children have the opportunity to look at a wide range of History topics in Years Five and Six. Year Five start by looking at key themes in Victorian England, and Year Six with World War Two, how it started, who was involved and what life was like at this time. When learning about the ‘Hola Mexico’ topic, children in Year Six have the opportunity to discover the history of Mexico, the Mayan people and how they lived.

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Children throughout the school develop their understanding in many ways, and a number of visits and visitors such as the Year Six trip to The RAF Museum in London, and drama workshops throughout Key Stage Two, enhance learning. Children demonstrate their understanding through outcomes such as speaking and listening activities, writing in many different genres, art and models. Please take a look at our gallery to see some recent examples of work from across the school.

Geography

At Leagrave, geographical skills and knowledge are taught through the Creative Curriculum, and progress through termly topics. Children learn locational knowledge such as the names and position of the oceans, European countries and continents, using atlases and maps, as well as online resources.

The Early Years curriculum provides children with the opportunity to learn about different locations, for example through role play in a travel agency, or through small world play exploring cold places.

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In Key Stage One, children learn more technical vocabulary and begin to study their local area. They take part in walks around the local area and identify key features such as the types of buildings and land use. They use resources such as aerial photographs and begin to learn how to use coordinates and keys when studying and creating maps.

Throughout Key Stage Two, these key skills are developed further, extending children’s knowledge beyond Europe. Children learn about the effects that humans can have on places, examining land use, natural resources and reasons for settlements. They learn to compare familiar and unfamiliar locations, and explore the effects of natural phenomena such as earthquakes and volcanoes. Map work, knowledge of coordinates and grid references become more complex throughout Key Stage Two.

At Leagrave, the creative curriculum continues to develop, and from Summer 2019, all children will take part in a week long geography project based around the local area and its place in the wider world. They will explore a range of themes, and look forward to sharing the outcomes with our families and wider community.

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RE

RE at Leagrave Religious Education at Leagrave aims for children to investigate and reflect on some of the most fundamental questions asked by people.

At Leagrave, we endeavour to develop the children’s knowledge and understanding of the major world faiths. This provides the children with the opportunity to explore and understand the different cultures and beliefs that surround us all in our local and global society. We provide opportunities for children to develop a sound knowledge not only of Christianity but also of other world religions, especially those that are the main faiths of children and staff within our school and local community in Luton and Bedfordshire.

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We follow the agreed syllabus by Luton and Bedfordshire, which follows 6 key ways to approach and learn when studying RE.

  1. Seeing religions as they are: Providing pupils need to build their understanding of the phenomena of religion. They gather information, learn about religious activities, consider what symbols mean,
  2. Answering life’s big questions: Often the RE focus will be on religions as sources of answers to life’s great questions.
  3. Concept development and religious literacy: RE teachers seek to clarify key concepts in religion with pupils. What does it mean to talk about celebration, revelation, sacred space or life after death?
  4. Developing interpretation skills: Interpretation is the key skill in one view of the subject: learning to see religion as it is lived and experienced, making sense of aspects of practice and the teachings and lived experiences of faiths in the light of observation.
  5. Experiencing the spiritual: Another set of learning tools emphasises the spiritual development possibilities of exploring learners‟ own experiences in RE. Sitting with a candle lit in quietness and reflecting on inner thoughts in the light of a religious story or study of practice gives the pupil a route to their own insights.
  6. Worldview analysis and development: Another way of working is centrally concerned with the world views of the pupils, and developing their awareness of how they see the world in comparison to how others see the world: religions then become source of viewpoints from which anyone can learn.

The RE syllabus also links closely with our PSHCE programme and our Values based education programme. Both programmes encourage cross curricular links, reflection and self awareness whilst raising awareness of other beliefs and values.