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History & Geography

Our History Statement of Intent:

History has always been held in high regard at Bishop Monkton CE Primary School. The rich history of the local area is celebrated within the school and woven into the fabric of our history curriculum.  We aim to make full use of the resources within the immediate and wider local area enabling children to develop a deep understanding of their locality; the people who have gone before them; how their lives have shaped our locality and our island and how they will continue to inspire and influence the world.


Topics are informed by the national curriculum and are sensitive to children’s interests, as well as the context of the local area.  The history curriculum at Bishop Monkton is carefully planned and structured to ensure that current learning is linked to previous learning and that the school’s approaches are informed by current pedagogy.  In line with the national curriculum 2014, the curriculum at Bishop Monkton aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • Gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world which helps to stimulate pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past.
  • Are encouraged to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement.
  • Begin to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time.

Our Statement of Intent for Geography:

At Bishop Monkton we believe that Geography helps to provoke and provide answers to questions about the natural and human aspects of the world.  Children are encouraged to develop a greater understanding and knowledge of the world, as well as their place in it. The geography curriculum at Bishop Monkton enables children to develop knowledge and skills that are transferable to other curriculum areas, which can and are used to promote their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Geography is, by nature, an investigative subject, which develops an understanding of concepts, knowledge and skills. We seek to inspire in children a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people which will remain with them for the rest of their lives; to promote the children’s interest and understanding of diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. The curriculum is designed develop knowledge and skills that are progressive, as well as transferable, throughout their time at Bishop Monkton Primary, and also to their further education and beyond.