History and Geography

History and Geography at Courtney

Here at Courtney, we believe that History should be taught in engaging, immersive and inspiring ways. Our aim is to equip children with a broad understanding of the world around them and how it has been shaped by significant people and events in the past. Through a cross-curricular approach to teaching, children are encouraged to ask, research and answer enquiries on a wide range of topics.

We aim to take children on a historical journey through the ages, whereby interests are ignited and curiosities are explored. This then allows the children to flourish as they develop an understanding of chronology and how and where certain events fit on to timelines.

Some of the exciting history-based topics the children learn about are:

KS1: Local History (Changes within living memory), The Great Fire of London, Victorian Holidays

LKS2: Ancient Egypt, The Romans, The Vikings, Stone Age

UKS2: The Victorians, Mayan Civilisation, World War 2, Ancient Greece

Learning Opportunities at Courtney:

Where possible, we commemorate significant events through whole school learning. In November 2018 we marked the Centenary of Armistice Day with a two week programme of inspiring visits, visitors and events. The children worked collaboratively in their houses to create clay poppies engraved with the names of local soldiers who fought in World War 1. A whole school church service then took place as we sang war songs, heard readings from pupils and lay the poppies down.  These then formed a ‘poppy garden’, which was on display for the local community.