At DWJS Geography is a study of real places, real people and real environments. Our aim is to inspire children to think about their own place in the world; their values, rights and responsibilities to other people and to the environment. We strive to make our Geography curriculum accessible to our children through field trips, maps, photographs, videos, discussion, real artefacts, books and the internet.
The children develop a sense of their own identity through learning about places: from our local and school community, to other parts of the UK and overseas. They develop an appreciation of how places relate to each other and the wider world.
We aim to promote Citizenship by fostering children’s sense of wonder at the beauty of the world around them, helping them to develop an informed concern about the quality of the environment and the future of human habitats and thereby enhance their sense of responsibility for the care of the Earth and its people.
History is an exciting and enriching part of the curriculum at Darrick Wood Junior School. Over the four years the children spend with us, they learn some of the most important periods in British history and how Britain was influenced by events and people from other countries. They learn how people in Britain lived starting in Roman Britain and Ending with the post-World War II rebuilding of the country. In doing so they are made more aware of their own identities and backgrounds.
The skills taught vary from sequencing events to suggesting reasons as to why people lived or acted in certain ways, thereby allowing children to think, talk and argue effectively, all of which are important life skills. They examine documents, pictures and artefacts plus discuss and question their uses and purpose. Each era is examined to see where it fits on the historical timeline, ensuring children’s awareness of the chronology of our past.
History is taught weekly in term blocks, with two 'topic' areas covered each year. There are opportunities in each year group for independent research as well as self-organised group research projects. Every year group visits historical places of interests linked to their History topic to enhance the children's understanding. Resources from home are often used in home-learning projects linked to History. They build up the children’s knowledge of the topic and also serve as useful ways to build their vocabulary, which help greatly when the topic is linked to their English and other learning.
The school itself has a great variety of resources to compliment the teaching of History, ranging from books, videos, CD ROMs, networked simulation software, password enabled Online reference material and, perhaps most importantly of all, pictures and artefacts from the principal areas studied.
By the end of year 6 children cover a great deal of our History, not just British but also world history. The main topics include:
Year 3 – Pre-Roman Britain + Romans in Britain + Anglo-Saxons
Year 4 – Vikings + Tudors
Year 5 – Ancient Greece + Victorians
Year 6 – World War II & Coming to Britain + Terrific Trafalgar + Mayas and Aztecs