Vision for History / Geography
Appropriate knowledge and skills are introduced largely through topic work, but we do feel that there is a basic core of knowledge needed, such as names of continents, capital cities and important historical figures and dates. Cross-curricular links are made wherever appropriate or work may be covered through ‘theme days’. We have excellent links with the Burton Leonard History Group and our pupils had the privilege of interviewing village residents and people evacuated to the village in The Second World War leading to the publication of ‘The Way We Were 100 Years Ago.’ Currently we are working with Burton Leonard History Group to unpick tales from our school log books which date back to the early 1800s.
National Geographic for children https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/
Working with Burton Leonard History Group
Our most ambitious collaboration to date with the Burton Leonard History Group started in the summer of 2017. Years 5 and 6 made an in-depth study of the School Log Books from 1869-1913 led by the amazing Viv Rivis who helped us bring the log books to life. Using other original records and census data the children and volunteers from the History Group constructed the story of the school and the difficulties that it faced, including epidemics, injuries and the untimely death of the head. By far the most popular theme was the saga of improving the inadequate and very smelly toilets! Our next joint project starts in June and takes the story forward from 1914. Thanks to the brilliant fund raising of the school Library Grannies and a grant from the History Group, we will be able to work from newly digitalised versions of the logbooks created by North Yorkshire County Record Office, thus saving wear and tear on the previous originals.