Humanities

History

At Edgware, we want the children to have a clear understanding of historical events, a sense of chrolonolgy and an ability to talk about significant events in the past. We are committed to equipping pupils with both substantive and disciplinary knowledge to provide them with a coherent knowledge of, and curiosity about, the past. We believe that by learning History, children develop their identity as citizens  the word- understanding their place in the world community and equipping them to engage and challenge current issues, social injistice and work to improve the world they live in. 

Our aims are to:

  • Understand historical concepts
  • Foster an interest in the past and compare it with the present day. 
  • Enable children to know about significant events in British history and to appreciate how things have changed overtime
  • Develop a sense of chronology
  • Know and understand how the British system of democratic government has developed
  • Have solid understanding of British values 
  • Develop an inquisitive mind and ask questions about historical events, places and people
  • Have some knowledge and understanding of historical development in the wider world
  • Make connections between British, local and world history
  • Help children understand society and their place within it, so that they develop a sense of their cultural heritage
  • Develop the skills of enquiry, investigation, analysis, evaluation and presentation

We teach a broad curriculum,which reflects the school’s rich diversity of families, staff and children and covers both British and world history, from ancient times to modern day.  

Through Investigation, children develop enquiry and problem-solving skills and also learn how past events have influenced our lives today. We do this by using rich texts, researching, using various sources, museum trips, visitors. 

Geography 

Through the study of geography, children can make sense of their surroundings and the wider world, developing both their environmental and social awareness. We teach both substantive and and disciplinary knowledge. Geography is the study of places, the human and physical processes which shape them, and the people who live in them. We want children to build a comprehensive knowledge base. Skills and knowledge developed through geography help pupils to gain a greater understanding of the ways of life and cultures of other people and places. We want children to be able to use their knowledge to engage meaningfully with complex current issues including climate change and the geographical questions and data produced by professional geographers working in this field. 

Through our teaching of geography at Edgware, we aim to increase children’s knowledge and understanding of the changing world, and foster a sense of wonder, responsibility and respect for our environment, the earth, its people and resources. We aim to develop pupils’ competence in specific geographical skills (such as use of maps, aerial photographs, observation and data logging in field work, for example) and to stimulate pupils’ enthusiasm for, and curiosity about, their surroundings and the wider world.