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Shipham Church of England First School

The World Around Us



History is a thinking subject and should be concerned with stimulating the children’s interest and understanding about the life of people who lived in the past. We teach children to understand how events in the past have influenced our lives today; we also teach them to investigate these past events and, by so doing, develop skills of enquiry, analysis, interpretation and problem solving.


Our areas of focus at Shipham First School include: Stone Age, Bronze and Iron Age, Romans, Vikings, Fire of London, Victorians, Local History and significant people. Wherever possible, we will include visits, visitors with experience and knowledge, artefacts and other resources and home learning.




A good geography education should inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. Our teaching aims to start the journey that can equip pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. As pupils progress, at age and stage appropriate levels, their growing knowledge about the world can help them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments.


Our aim in geography include the opportunities for all pupils to:


    • develop contextual knowledge of the location of globally significant places – both terrestrial and marine – including their defining physical and human characteristics and how these provide a geographical context for understanding the actions of processes
    • understand the processes that give rise to key physical and human geographical features of the world, how these are interdependent and how they bring about spatial variation and change over time
    • are competent in the geographical skills needed to:


collect, analyse and communicate with a range of data gathered through experiences of fieldwork that deepen their understanding of geographical processes


interpret a range of sources of geographical information, including maps, diagrams, globes, aerial photographs and Geographical Information Systems


communicate geographical information in a variety of ways, including through maps, numerical and quantitative skills and writing at length.


Physical Education


The National Curriculum states that a high-quality physical education curriculum inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically demanding activities. It should provide opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. Opportunities to compete in sport and other activities build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect.


Our aim in PE include the opportunities for all pupils to:


    • develop competence with a potential to excel in a broad range of physical activities
    • be physically active for sustained periods of time and recognise the positive impact exercise can have on our bodies
    • engage in competitive sports and activities and learn to give of one’s best for self and team
    • enjoy participating in PE, at whatever level, age and stage appropriate and develop positive attitudes and habits that can, both for now and in the future, lead us to have healthy, active lives both in mind and body.