History and Geography

History and Geography


At St Joseph’s School, we believe that children should gain an understanding of British and World history taught through themes and a chronological narrative: British history and that of the wider world. In this, students will develop a well-rounded knowledge of the past and its events, with the intention to improve every students’ understanding of the world around them.

  • Chronology
  • Interpretation
  • Enquiry
  • Significance
  • Characteristic Features
  • Continuity and Change
  • Cause and Consequence
  • Organisation and Communication (Year 3- 6 only).

We teach the National Curriculum, supported by a clear skills and knowledge progression. This ensures that skills and knowledge are built on year by year and sequenced appropriately to maximise learning for all children. It is important that the children develop progressive skills of a historian throughout their time at St Joseph’s  and do not just learn a series of facts about the past. We support children’s high aspirations by liaising with the wider community through a range of workshops, trips and discussions, allowing children to be well-prepared citizens.

In addition, key dates and anniversaries are celebrated throughout the year. This includes Black History Month and Remembrance Day. This gives children the opportunity to have a greater understanding of the world around them, whilst also promoting tolerance and equality.

Geography – Miss E Noll

At St Joseph’s, we want to inspire children with a curiosity about the world and its diverse places and people.  We feel it is important to motivate children to help make a positive difference.   In Geography lessons, children will learn about different places in the local area and around the wider world.  Informed by the National Curriculum, we aim to promote the development of key knowledge and skills and encourage children to transfer them in other areas of their learning.  Being able to understand, use and apply key vocabulary is an essential part of children’s knowledge and geographical places and concepts.  They will also study both human and physical geography, while developing map reading and fieldwork skills.

Geography Skills Progression Map

Geography Curriculum Map


Within school we use a wide range of resources including Oddizzi, which is also accessed by pupils at home. Click on this icon for login page.


Useful websites:

BBC Bitesize: Early Years

BBC Bitesize: Key Stage One

BBC Bitesize: Key Stage Two