At Harris Primary Academy Chafford Hundred, we want our children to be inquisitive and to question the information they are presented with to further their geographical understanding. We want children to understand: where they are located within the world as well as within the British Isles, to be able to use a range of tools to understand their location and the landscapes of contrasting environments, to appreciate, describe and have a desire to conserve the differing environments of the world.
Geography is an exciting, enquiry led subject that helps us better understand the people, places and environments in the world. The programme of study for Geography states “a high-quality geography education should inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives”.
Our Geography lessons link with other subjects through our Curriculum. This way we ensure that it has a purpose and ties in with other experiences. We ensure that school trips and real life experiences tie in with our geography lessons, providing children with a contrast to our urban setting at school.
At Harris Primary Academy Chafford Hundred History teaching focuses on enabling pupils to think as historians. An emphasis is placed on examining primary and secondary sources including historical artefacts, pictures and texts. Where appropriate, pupils are given the opportunity to visit sites of historical significance. Teachers at HPACH recognise and value the importance of stories in history teaching and as an important way of stimulating curiosity about the past. We focus on helping pupils understand that historical events can be interpreted in different ways and that they are encouraged to ask critical questions when looking at the origins of sources.