The teaching of Geography and History are often very thematically linked. So at the Academy of Woodlands we combine our Geography and History Curriculums into one in order to deliver balanced teaching of the various topics.
Please see below for a summary of what we will be covering in each Year Group.
To begin Year 1, in the first Autumn term we explore the questions of 'Who am I?' and 'What is my history?'. Moving on from that, in the second Autumn Term; we begin looking at the questions of 'Where am I from?' and 'Where do I live?', while also looking at Christmas around the world.
In the first Spring Term we carry on looking at the questions from the previous term. Then, in the second Spring term we look at 'Toys - Then & Now'.
Moving into the Summer Term we start the first Summer Term with the Geography question 'Where in the world?'. Then we finish the Summer Term with 'Fantastic Explorers', taking a look at Neil Armstrong and the Moon Landing.
In the first Autumn Term of Year 2 we begin with the topic of 'My History' and then in the second Autumn Term we move to Geography to explore the question of 'London & the British Isles'.
Then in the first Spring Term we look at 'The Great Fire of London'. Following on from that, in the second Spring Term; we look at 'Florence Nightingale & The History of Nursing', with a focus on comparing Florence Nightingale to another person in History.
In first of the warmest terms we topically look at Geography and 'The World's hottest place - Including the Rainforest'. Then in the second Summer term we stick with the Geography theme and look at 'The World's Oceans'.
Beginning Year 3, we start the first Autumn Term by looking at 'Iron Age & Stone Age'. Following that we take a look at Europe, more specifically 'Countries in Europe & their famous landmarks'; in the second Autumn Term.
Moving into the Spring terms we use both terms to take a History and Geography look at Ancient Egypt.
Then in the Summer Terms we focus on Geography and look at 'Comparing an area of Europe with an area in the UK', for example, Volcanic area in Italy (Pacific Ring) & its disasters compared to a mountainous region in the UK.
In Year 4 we use both Autumn Terms to explore the topic of Ancient Greece.
Then moving into the first Spring Term we look at 'Climate Zones and Hemispheres', with a focus on choosing locations and comparing them, using map work. In the second Spring Term we do Field Work in the local area.
To close the year in the Summer Terms, we use both terms to look at Ancient Rome.
Entering into the Autumn Terms of Year 5, we begin by taking a Historical and Geographical look at Vikings & Anglo-Saxons' Settlements. All of this is linked to Human Geography. Following that, in the second Autumn Term we look at the History aspect of Vikings and Anglo-Saxons.
Following that, in the first of the Spring Terms we look at the topic of 'Comparing Africa & the UK', more specifically looking at rivers, deserts, mountains & coasts. Then in the second Spring Term we do field work in the local area, as well as following on from the previous term's topics.
Then, we use both the Summer Terms to explore the Historical topic of the Tudors.
In Year 6, we start the first Autumn Term by looking at the Victorians. Following that, in the second Autumn Term we look at, more specifically, Crime and Punishment in the Victorian Era.
In the first of the Spring Terms we look at comparing South America & the UK. With a focus on the rivers, deserts, mountains & coasts. Then in the second Spring Term, we do Field Work in the local area, thinking about the uses of rivers, for example, for trade.
Then in the final two terms of Year 6, we use the Summer Terms to look at World War II.