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Place and Time

Our Place and Time curriculum encompasses our school's ethos; that education is a passport to the world. We believe that throughout our teaching, we should enable children to learn about what has occurred before them, what is happening in the world today and how their lives may impact the world's future.

The domain includes historical knowledge of key individuals, events and time periods alongside geographical content about physical, human and cultural geographical ideas both nationally and globally. The children's taught knowledge in this area will enable them to develop historical and geographical skills and independent thought on our personal place in the world. Our Place and Time curriculum carefully interweaves among our other domain areas and takes the children on a journey around the world throughout their school life, progressing from Nursery to Year 6 and provides children with the understanding of who they are, the causes and impact of mankind upon others and the environment around them.

At Hampton Vale, we aim to provide children with the knowledge and skills to fully appreciate and understand their place in the world. Through our termly themed approach, we want to provide children with knowledge of different countries, cultures and historical events, encouraging an inquisitive thought and reflection on how our own actions can impact others, both in our local area and nationally. We recognise the importance of children understanding the implications of key historical events and individuals and the effect they have had on their own lives today and have structured our Place and Time curriculum to provide children with the opportunity to learn about this. Each term, children will focus upon a different country or continent and corresponding historical figures and events. Throughout their time at Hampton Vale, the children will gain experience of each continent and a range of time periods, gaining further understanding of their place in today's world. This will be supported through a variety of approaches, such as digital media, role play and written work. Our themes will be supported by termly Awe and Wonder experience days in which the children are given the opportunity to experience an aspect of their theme in more detail, through external visits, role play, visitors and hands on learning.

Within Phase 1, children will initially focus upon the historical and geographical features of their local area, through termly themes about Hampton and the United Kingdom. They will develop an understanding of geographical vocabulary, town, city and village. They will also begin to travel the world throughout their learning of Africa, Antarctica, China and Australia. Within these themes, they will make regular comparisons between Hampton and their newly taught locations, considering the similarities and differences and why these differences occur, while developing directional and map reading skills.

In Phase 2, children will develop a further understanding of their national Place and Time knowledge through local studies based upon the Stone Age to the Bronze Age, the Romans and London in the 1600s, focussing upon the Great Fire of London, the Plague and the Gunpowder Plot. Within these themes, they will intertwine knowledge of key historical events and consider how our local area may have impacted these time periods and later changed over time. The children will also learn about South American rainforests, the American Wild West and Ancient Greece. Within these termly themes, they will experience contrasting locations, recognising key natural and manmade landmarks and will begin to consider the impact of key historical events on our lives today.

Within Phase 3, children will experience a wider range of countries and historical events. The children will discover more about key historical figures such as Howard Carter, King Henry VIII within their themes about Ancient Egypt and the Tudors while identifying the links between geography and history within their country focuses on Scandinavia and the Vikings, Mexico and the Mayans and Indian Independence. They will be able to make links between contrasting monarchies, considering how democracy can vary across the world and throughout history. When learning about the Arctic and Beyond, the children will learn more about intrepid explorers and considering what makes an area inhabitable. Throughout Phase 3, children will be taught to become more critical of the historical sources they receive, considering their validity and gaining an understanding that history can contain several perspectives.

In Year 6, the children will learn about Asian disasters, focussing upon geographical natural phenomena such as tsunamis, earthquakes and volcanoes and the impact of these on a country's history. Throughout the year, they will also question the varying factors impacting an event within their learning about Britain at War and Democracy and Equality in American History. Using their understanding about the validity of primary and secondary sources, the children will learn to structure responses to key geographical or historical questions, using evidence to build up a picture of an event.