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St Thomas Aquinas Catholic Primary School

“I have called you by your name; you are mine.” Isaiah 43:1


Our school has a cross-curricular and creative approach to the teaching of History and Geography. When a new topic is introduced, the children experience this in not only topic lessons but English, art and DT. The children go on trips to reinforce and further their learning throughout the year and they will use a variety of resources to aid their learning within school. The teaching in topic lessons allows children to develop their knowledge and understanding but also to develop key skills. The topics covered fulfil the coverage of the national curriculum and are designed so that skills may be revisited to ensure consolidation through the child’s time at school.


In History, children will learn about changes within and beyond living memory; World War 2 including Bletchley Park; Tudor Theatre; ancient civilisations such as the Romans, Egyptians, Mayans and Greeks; and the history of the United Kingdom from the Stone Age to 1066. These topics encourage historical enquiry skills, an understanding of chronology and an understanding that the past has shaped the present.


In Geography, the children learn about their locality; the United Kingdom; physical and human geography through studies of Florence, South and Central America and the USA; mapping and fieldwork skills; and key aspects of physical geography such as biomes and the water cycle. Children use Ordnance Survey maps, digital maps and have access to Digimaps for schools to aid their progression in geographical skills. These topics encourage children to develop a growing knowledge of the world and instigate curiosity about the world and its people.