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Geography at Red Hill

At Red Hill we focus our Geography teaching and skill coverage through the International Primary Curriculum (IPC). Every year group chooses a new unit of work each half term, through which Geography is taught. Opportunities for children to explore their new learning is encouraged through class visits termly.

For example;

In Year 1 topics include 'On the move', focusing on how people travel around the world and exploring different countries.

In Year 2 topics include ‘from A to B', focusing on transport and travel in different countries and includes a visit to the London Transport Museum!

In Year 3 topics include 'Saving the World', focusing on where rainforests are in the world and what people are doing to try and save them.

In Year 4 topics include 'Gateway to the World', focusing on airports, how the expansion of airports affects the environment and how weather affects air travel.

In Year 5 topics include 'Weather and climate', focusing on the weather and climate in different parts of the world, how human activities in different regions are affected by the weather and climate, and exploring extreme weather record.

In Year 6 topics include 'What a wonderful World', focusing on different regions and environments around the world, about the forces and processes that shape our planet and about the possible causes of climate change and its effects on our planet.

Purpose of study

A high-quality 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. Teaching should 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, their growing knowledge about the world should help them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments. Geographical knowledge, understanding and skills provide the frameworks and approaches that explain how the Earth’s features at different scales are shaped, interconnected and change over time.

Our essential learning objectives for Geography at Red Hill Primary school are to enable children:

  • To investigate places
  • To investigate patterns
  • To communicate geographically

Our subject leader for Geography is:

Miss Katie Melvin



High-quality history education will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. It should inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past. Teaching should equip pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. History helps pupils 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.

History is taught through International Primary Curriculum (IPC) topics across each year group.  The IPC provides key learning goals, which we use to help plan a varied and exciting curriculum for the children.  For example:

Year 3 topics include ‘Dinosaurs and Fossil Hunters’ where children will be finding out about dinosaurs and the fossils they left behind.   Dinosaurs are a varied group of animals from taxonomicmorphological and ecological standpoints. Birds, at over 10,000 living species, are the most diverse group of vertebrates besides perciform fish. Using fossil evidence, paleontologists have identified over 500 distinct genera

Year 4  topics include the “Romans”.  Children truly experience life in Roman times, dressing up, tasting food and learning about Roman medicine.  Visitors also come to speak to them and together with additional research, they are fully immersed in Roman life!

 Year 5 topics include ‘The Great, the Bold and the Brave’ in which the children will be exploring Greek and Roman civilisations and their expanding empires. The ‘Myths and Legends’ topic will look at myths from various countries and think about why people used such stories to reflect on life at the time.

Year 6  topics include learning about Word War Two.  They learn about the lead up to the war and the main actors and protagonists in this conflict.  They focus on the lives of children and see the impact this event had on many millions of people around the world.

During their time at Red Hill, children learn how:

  • To gather To gather information from a variety of sources (including books, video, internet, drama and role play, visiting speakers and trips).
  • To understand how particular aspects of history have impacted on present day.
  • To make connections and draw conclusions between significant historical events.
  • To place events, people and changes into chronological order and consider how these changes have affected the wider world.
  • To understand a wide range of historical vocabulary.
  • To describe and identify reasons for and results of historical events.
  • History affects lives of people in the present.


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