TIme and Place Curriculum
Curriculum: A Sense of Time and Place
Our curriculum centers on developing an understanding of Time and Place which allows children to expand their knowledge of the world from their own personal and local experiences to a more sophisticated city, country, continent and world view. Starting with small steps, the themes widen and are revisited throughout the school to ensure the retention of key concepts.
We believe that our theme of "A Sense of Time and Place" provides an excellent opportunity for a primary whole school curriculum. By exploring these themes, children develop a deeper understanding of the world around them, and how it has changed over time. It also encourages children to reflect on their place in the world and their responsibilities as global citizens.
The rationale for this curriculum is as follows:
Understanding the Past and consequence of previous decisions: Learning about the past is crucial for developing a sense of time, change and consequence. The curriculum includes topics such as prehistoric Britain, the Romans, the Vikings, and World War II. By studying these topics, the children gain an appreciation for the events that have shaped the world we live in today.
Understanding the Present: Children also explore the present by studying significant current events and issues that affect the world today. This includes topics such as climate change, globalisation, and the impact of places in conflict. Through this, children can develop a sense of their place in the world and their responsibilities as global citizens.
Understanding the Future: The curriculum also explores the future and what it may hold for them and their aspirations. This includes topics such as space exploration, artificial intelligence, and the potential impact of climate change. By studying these topics, the children develop a sense of curiosity and wonder about the world and its possibilities.
Developing Spatial Awareness: The theme of time and place also offers an opportunity to develop spatial awareness. This can include exploring maps in many forms and becoming confident with the physical layout of the world. Children learn about different countries, cultures, landscapes, and settlements and develop an appreciation for the diversity of their world.
Interdisciplinary Learning: The theme of time and place offers opportunities for interdisciplinary learning. For example, studying the impact of climate change will involve science, geography, and history. Similarly, a topic on Ancient Benin will involve history, art, and geography. This type of learning helps our children make connections between different subjects and develop a more holistic understanding of the world around them.
We believe that our focus on "A Sense of Time and Place" offers a rich and varied educational experience. By exploring the past, present, and future, children develop a deeper understanding of the world and their place in it. By developing spatial awareness and interdisciplinary learning, children can develop the skills and knowledge needed to build successful lives for a rapidly changing future.