My World

My World: History, Geography and Science 

Aims

My World brings together History, Geography and Science to be one of the driving forces of the thematic curriculum. Our curriculum focusses on the areas of History, Geography and Science that we feel are the most important for our pupil’s to learn and understand about their World, particularly their local World around them.

  • Pupils develop an understanding of the World around them.
  • Pupils have opportunities to explore their local area.
  • Pupils become inquisitive about their World.
  • Pupils have opportunities to take part in practical experiments and outdoor learning to support understanding and encourage their skills to question and enquire.
  • Pupils develop Knowledge and are able to recall information.

Curriculum Intent

The curriculum delivery will depend upon the curriculum pathway and level of learning that the pupil is working within.

Explorers and Seekers

In the Explorers and Seekers classes learning is based on the Readiness for Further Learning ‘The World around us’.  Pupils explore their learning and their local environment to become familiar with places, routines and procedures so that they can feel safe interacting and exploring the World around them.  In these classes pupils will begin to develop their knowledge and understanding of their school and local community.

Discoverers

My World in the Discoverers Curriculum follows the half termly theme and is based on developing an understanding of My World around me.  It does not specifically look at History, Geography or Science but allows pupils to explore key life skills within the topics through visiting local places and identifying objects to develop their understanding through practical opportunities within school and their community.

Enquirers

 

Pupils complete a six week programme of learning based on the topic, this will either be from History, Geography or Science.  It takes the relevant aspects of the lower National Curriculum skills in order to give our pupil’s the key skills they need to have some understanding of the wider World put into a context that is relevant for our pupil’s. We aim to encourage enquiring minds and develop elements of Science that will help them to engage in their World around them.

Enquirers

KS 4

In KS 4 pupils do not follow formal learning in My World and will not complete accreditations in any of these subject areas.  However, they develop aspects of these skills through the thematic curriculum as they continue to learn and understand the wider World.

Term

Cycle 1: Subject Intent linked to Thematic Learning

Assessment

1

Heroes that Help Us: Developing an understanding of themselves as a hero, important people in their lives and how they help them.  Pupils will go on to learn and understand local hero’s that help them through the jobs that they do.  Our highest learners will think about how people in the past have been heroes and the significant impact they have had on our lives today.  Pupils will also think about being ‘thankful’ to those people who help them.

-Self-assessment

-Pupil work/ photograph

-Evidence of learning sheet per pupil for each half term. 

-Pupils levelled against

the relevant ladder statement in the subject area: History – Geography – Science

 

2

Light Fantastic: Developing an understanding of light, dark, colours, sources of light and its uses through practical experiments.   Some pupils will also explore shadows and develop their knowledge of electricity and circuits.

3

Feast for the Senses: Exploring through practical opportunities our five senses to understand what they are and how we use them.  Some pupils will go on to understand about major body organs and what their functions are.

4

BEE Happy: Living things.  To understand what a habitat is and what animals live in our local habitats.  Exploring our heathland and learning how to look after animals. Some pupils will explore what a micro habitat is and how we help to keep animal habitats safe.

5

Food, glorious food: Where does our food come from?  Understand what animals and crops are grown locally to provide food.  The journey from farm to fork and for some of our pupils understanding their eco-footprint, thinking responsibly about how far food travels.  

6

You’ve got a friend in me:  The Olympics.  Where different countries are, why people are different from different parts of the World – all equal and all different.  Understanding how to win and lose.

Cross-curricular links

How does My World support this?

STEAM

Science: Experimenting, questioning and experiencing practical activities that develop understanding of the World around them.

Technology: The use and understanding of a variety of equipment to support experiments and practical

Engineering: Developing an understanding of how man-made machines and structures, like cars, planes, robots and buildings, work.

Arts: The development of Art and music where appropriate to support understanding of the My World content

Maths: Linking Maths and Science together to help make sense of the World around them.

English Skills

 

 

Reading instructions: Reading information and stories that are related to the My World theme, close links with English to support the learning to make stories meaningful to the theme. There are many opportunities for pupils to develop their reading skills.

Writing: Completing written tasks within My World content.  Developing writing skills, being able to write well-structured sentences and show awareness of spellings about my adventures in the local community.  

Speaking and Listening – Topic discussion, surveys. Talking to and listening to unfamiliar people whilst on trips in the local community.  Learning to talk about what I see and hear whilst out and about.  Understanding what things are so that I can tell people about my experiences.

Maths Skills

 

Collating, sorting and counting relevant information about a topic.

Understanding patterns, using number to collate information and statistics to compare information.

SMSC and British Values

 

 

Moral: understanding how we look after our World and each other.  Understanding that we treat nature and each other with kindness so that everyone is able to flourish and develop to their potential.

Social: Understanding that there are certain expectations on behaviour towards each other, different social groups and when out and about on school visits to respond appropriately towards others.  

Cultural: Learning about different cultures and traditions, showing respect for different cultures. Understanding why people have different ways of living and respecting their beliefs.

British Values: Understanding what it is to be British and through trips and visits how we can further understand the World around us to be able to cope and thrive in our local community.

Extended Opportunities/ Celebration:

Exciting starters and fab finishes to share and celebrate the topic learning with the whole school and parents.  

It is paramount to this area of the curriculum that there are opportunities to have visitors come in to school relevant to each theme and take trips and visits out into the local community to develop pupils understanding of the World around them.

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