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The humanities curriculum at Oldway encompasses learning in history, geography and RE  and seeks to encourage pupils to think creatively; to reason about being human and to ask questions about our world. The study of humanities seeks to build two types of knowledge:

i) substantive knowledge – the knowledge pupils ought to remember and recall
ii) disciplinary knowledge - the sorts of questions, responses, ideas and concepts pupils will UNDERSTAND if they have mastered the subject.

At Oldway, we aim for a high quality, exciting geography curriculum which is designed to inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people. Our geography curriculum seeks to help pupils understand the space which they inhabit as humans and the wider world around them. Teaching provides pupils with knowledge about different places, people, resources and both natural and human environments and how these change over time. Alongside this, we want our children to have an understanding of key physical and human processes. Our children will develop progressive geographical skills not just through experiences in the classroom, but also with the use of fieldwork and educational visits. 


The curriculum is designed around these key themes:

  • locational knowledge and map work
  • human geography
  • physical geography
  • change: past, present and future


Our geography teaching links with other learning throughout the year (such as science and history), as well as each year group having at least one geography-led theme. Key concepts are built on throughout the key-stages, focusing on ‘changing landscapes’ and ‘settlements’. Our geography curriculum also aims to follow the children’s interests, and therefore has a strong emphasis on environmental issues facing the world, with an environmental mini-theme planned for each year group.