Geography and History


At The Oaks history is taught so that children have an understanding and knowledge of events in the past. The study of history ignites children’s curiosity about the past in Britain and the wider world. Through finding out about how and why the world, our country, culture and local community have developed over time, children understand how the past influences the present. History enables children to develop a context for their growing sense of identity and a chronological framework for their knowledge of significant events and people. What they learn through history can influence their decisions about personal choices, attitudes and values.Our intent, when teaching history, is to stimulate the children’s curiosity in order for them to develop their knowledge, skills and understanding. Engaging activities, trips and visitors all give students an opportunity to question the past.

We aim for our pupils to :

  • Possess a secure understanding of the chronology of the time periods studied

  • Identify and draw on similarities and differences within given time frames and across previously taught history

  • Understand the cause and consequence of various events in history

  • Understand and explain how different interpretations of historical events may occur

  • Become increasingly critical and analytical thinkers

  • Use historical terms and vocabulary with confidence and understanding


In Geography at The Oaks, we strive to provide our children with the opportunities to become global citizens, deepening their interest and wonder in exploring the world and their own place in it. Through our curriculum our children will develop a sense of their world at the local, national and global scales understanding the interconnections between how people and the environment interact. Fieldwork is an essential part of this. Pupils learn to think critically, think spatially, use maps, visual images and new technologies, including geographical information systems to analyse and present information.

We aim for the pupils to:

Be interested in the world and to have a curiosity about the physical and human world.

Ask questions about the world.

Have a secure knowledge and understanding of the geography NC and the key knowledge identified on our knowledge organisers.

Appreciate geographical learning as being part of a global community and having a role to play in protecting our environment.