History and Geography at Longcause
Our History curriculum is intended to enable children to acquire an understanding of time, events and people in their lives. We want to inspire pupils' curiosity to know more about the past and to use this knowledge to gain an understanding of themselves and the world around them. We want our pupils to experience a breadth of knowledge to enable them to expand their understanding of significant past events beyond those they may have experienced themselves. We know our pupils with Autism can find it challenging to acknowledge experiences outside of their own personal view of the world and therefore it is important that through History we are able to offer children different perspectives.
We have chosen the way in which we deliver our history content based on our pupils’ needs and development, whilst also understanding the need for a broad and balanced curriculum. We aim to give our pupils an experience of History that is multi-sensory, to include; drama, role-play, objects, artefacts, sensory experiences, stories. Many of our pupils have a limited vocabulary and therefore we place a significant importance on teaching children a wide range of relevant and purposeful vocabulary through History in order to increase their cultural capital. We integrate History into our topic work wherever possible, to immerse the children in the learning. Our History curriculum incorporates the coverage required from the National Curriculum and the History coverage map provides more details of this.
We hope through our History curriculum that our pupils will have a better understanding of the past, themselves and their own lives. We want our pupils to know that things have been different before and could be different in the future, knowing that their own experiences aren’t necessarily reflective of the wider world. We hope our pupils will be curious and inquisitive and will develop an increased ability to find out about things that interest them during their time at Longcause and beyond.
Our Geography curriculum is intended to provide a purposeful means for exploring, appreciating and understanding the world in which we live. We hope to encourage children’s curiosity about the world around them, both immediate and further afield. Our Geography teaching will encourage children to ask questions and explore reasons and rationales in response to experiences, sources, artefacts and other stimuli. Fieldwork skills will be at the heart of our Geography curriculum and is expected to be incorporated within all of our teaching as this is a key life skill for our pupils. We also recognise the challenges that many of our families experience when trying to offer our pupils outdoor experiences and therefore hope to provide these within school. The Geography curriculum enables children to develop knowledge and skills that are transferable to other curriculum areas and which can be and are used to promote their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
We want to deliver relevant and purposeful Geography teaching that enables our pupils to understand how they fit into the world around them, including to know how the world is wider than themselves and their experiences. In order to support our pupils with this, we want them to begin by making sense of their own world and themselves, moving on to explore their local environment and then progressing to learn about the wider environment both nationally and internationally.
Our Geography curriculum contains all strands of the National Curriculum; Human Geography, Physical Geography, Place Knowledge and Locational Knowledge. Our coverage maps ensure even coverage of all areas to ensure our pupils experience broad and balanced Geography teaching. Pupils at Longcause have access to a range of further opportunities to benefit their wider lives which build upon their geographical skills. Some of the valuable opportunities our pupils access include; The Duke of Edinburgh Award, MfL days in which they build their knowledge of other cultures and countries and also our expanding forest school work. Key vocabulary also forms an important aspect of our curriculum, in order to support our pupils understanding. Cross-curricular links are made through our phase topic maps and hence our Geography teaching is complemented within and enhanced by other subjects in order to immerse the children in their learning. More details can be found in our coverage maps below.
We hope through our Geography curriculum that our pupils will develop a wider understanding of the world and their place within it. For our children with Autism, we want them to have an increased awareness that people and places are different to themselves and that individuals experience the world in their own way. We want our pupils to have a good Understanding of how to care for the environment, know about current environmental issues the world is experiencing and their role in this in the hopes of encouraging them to be responsible citizens going forward.