History and Geography

History

At Mackie Hill Junior and Infant School, we encourage children to be independent and inquisitive learners; skills which they develop within History lessons. History allows our children to compare and contrast, to examine how and why things have changed, to learn about historical characters and expand their research skills. We teach children to be open minded and enquiring thinkers who understand cause and effect. They will be encouraged to ask perceptive questions and to think critically. We want them to understand how people have lived in the past and compare this to modern life.  We aim to extend their knowledge of key historic events and periods through engaging and enriching school visits which also help to deepen our pupil’s understanding.  

At Mackie Hill Junior and Infant School our intention is to provide quality teaching and learning of history. We aim:

  • To promote an interest in the past.
  • To develop an understanding of events over time.
  • To learn about the roles that individuals and events have played in shaping modern society.
  • To develop an ability to investigate and interpret different versions of past events.
  • To learn to study historical evidence and to ask and answer questions about the past.
  • To develop the ability to communicate historical knowledge and understanding using a variety of techniques. 
  • To encourage children to understand other people, their beliefs, thoughts, values and experiences.
  • To develop an awareness of the world around them.
  • To develop an understanding of society and their place within it, so that they acquire a sense of their cultural heritage.
  • To develop a knowledge and understanding of historical development in the wider world.

 

Geography

Through Geography, at Mackie Hill Junior and Infant School (MHS), the children’s curiosity and imagination are stimulated. We believe that Geography is a tool of learning and communication. It is essentially about the study of places, the human and physical processes which shape them, and the people who live in them. Skills developed through Geography help pupils make sense of their surroundings and the wider world.

The aims of Geography teaching in our school are:

  • To ensure children gain knowledge and understanding of the local area and places in the world.
  • To support children’s knowledge of other cultures, teaching respect and understanding of what it means to be a positive citizen in a multi-cultural country.
  • To allow children to learn graphic skills, including how to use, draw and interpret maps.
  • To work individually and co-operatively, listening to and valuing the opinion of others.
  • To develop a variety of other skills, including those of; enquiry, problem solving, (IT) computing, investigation, field work and how to present their conclusions in the most appropriate way.