Humanities Overview 

Geography and History are taught as discreet subjects across Key Stages 2 and 3 at Penkford School.

The schemes of work for Geography and History are based on the National Curriculum. A much greater degree of flexibility is needed however to provide programmes which meet the varying needs of our students. All work is personalised and modified where possible to meet the individual needs of the students. We take into account their learning styles and specific learning difficulties, making the teaching and learning of Geography and History as mind friendly as possible. Resources used are stimulating and motivating and involve the use of technology particularly the interactive whiteboard which each classroom has.

At Key Stage, 3 Geography and History take into account personal, learning and thinking skills (PLTS) which provide a framework for describing the qualities and skills needed for success in learning and life. These skills encourage our students to be independent enquirers, creative thinkers, reflective learners, team workers, self-managers and effective participants.


In Geography, teaching should ensure that geographical enquiry and skills are used when developing knowledge and understanding of places, patterns and processes, environmental change and sustainable development and that these are taught through studying various countries and a range of different themes.


In History, teaching should ensure that students acquire and apply knowledge, skills and understanding in 5 main areas. These are: chronological understanding, knowledge and understanding of events, people and changes in the past, historical interpretation, historical enquiry and organisation and communication.

All students are set aspirational targets for Geography and History and are monitored and assessed throughout the year using SIMS to track progress.

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