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At GEMs Wantage Primary Academy, we use a topic-based approach to deliver humanities subject skills and understanding. Our topics have a history and geography base so that we teach location and place knowledge, weather and climate skills and knowledge and about significant historical events, people and places in our own locality. This time provides further opportunities to learn about people and cultures, including modern Britain, women pioneers and those from a range of backgrounds to fully reflect modern British society.


Our topics are carefully balanced and planned to be age appropriate across the years. We have A and B topic cycles so that the children have a rich and balanced curriculum across two years.


Our topic A/B overviews are produced to show what is taught. Our skills progression sheets show the knowledge and skills covered in each year group. For years 1 and 2, the children will cover the Year 1 and 2 objectives across the two years. Where appropriate, other areas of the curriculum are linked. We also ensure the children have a range of trips, visits and visitors to enhance their learning.

History Curriculum Statement

Our History curriculum aims to inspire our pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past. History helps pupils to understand the process of change, the diversity of societies as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time. Our history curriculum will equip the children to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments and develop perspective and judgment.



Geography Curriculum Statement

Our Geography curriculum strives to provide our children with the opportunities to become global citizens, deepening their interest and wonder in exploring their own place in the world. We believe it is important to provide ‘Living Geography’ concerned with children’s lives, starting with their immediate environments and looking at the futures of their world. Through our curriculum our children will develop a sense of their world at the local, national and global scales understanding the interconnections between how people and the environment interact. Fieldwork is an essential part of this. We will take full advantage of our changing local area. Pupils learn to think critically, think spatially, use maps, visual images and technologies, including geographical information systems to analyse and present information. They will have an adept understanding of their responsibilities within their own society whist also having a coherent insight into sustainability of a dynamically changing world.