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Overdale Junior School

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Geography helps our children gain a better understanding of places and environments. Our Year 3 pupils learn about the local area and compare it to other regions within the United Kingdom. Europe is the focus of Year 4, building on knowledge and understanding; Year 5 and 6 pupils then link their learning to the rest of the world. They learn how to draw and interpret maps and develop the skills of research, investigation and analysis. Through their growing knowledge and understanding of human geography, children gain an appreciation of life in other places and cultures. Our thematic approach enables us to link geography with many other subjects, including Sustainability; this particular topic motivates the children to find out about the physical world, enabling them to recognise the importance of sustainable development for the future.

History is taught through the creative curriculum, enabling us to make links with a variety of subjects. Our aim is to stimulate the children and help them to understand the lives and decisions of people who have lived in the past. Children are taught a sense of chronology and through this they develop their identity and cultural understanding. Children are taught to understand how past events influence our lives today. We offer many opportunities to investigate these past events, supporting the development of enquiry, analysis, interpretation and problem-solving.