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History & Geography

History & Geography: the New Curriculum

School Improvement Liverpool can support primary schools to develop their provision for a vibrant and relevant History and Geography curriculum through a wide range of in school consultancy, CPD sessions, resources and networks and forums.


History Programmes of Study KS1 & KS2

As part of the new National Currciculum, the DfE have published the:History programmes of study to be used by schools from September 2014.

The national curriculum for history aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • know and understand the history of these islands as a coherent, chronological narrative, from the earliest times to the present day: how people’s lives have shaped this nation and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world

  • know and understand significant aspects of the history of the wider world: the nature of ancient civilisations; the expansion and dissolution of empires; characteristic features of past non-European societies; achievements and follies of mankind

  • gain and deploy a historically grounded understanding of abstract terms such as ‘empire’, ‘civilisation’, ‘parliament’ and ‘peasantry’

  • understand historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance, and use them to make connections, draw contrasts, analyse trends, frame historically-valid questions and create their own structured accounts, including written narratives and analyses

  • understand the methods of historical enquiry, including how evidence is used rigorously to make historical claims, and discern how and why contrasting arguments and interpretations of the past have been constructed

Geography Programmes of Study KS1 & KS2

As part of the new National Currciculum, the DfE have published the:Geography programmes of study   to be used by schools from September 2014.

The national curriculum for geography aims to ensure that all pupils:
  • develop contextual knowledge of the location of globally significant places – both terrestrial and marine – including their defining physical and human characteristics and how these provide a geographical context for understanding the actions of processes
  • understand the processes that give rise to key physical and human geographical features of the world, how these are interdependent and how they bring about spatial variation and change over time
  • are competent in the geographical skills needed to:
  1.  collect, analyse and communicate with a range of data gathered through experiences of fieldwork that deepen their understanding of geographical processes
  2. interpret a range of sources of geographical information, including maps, diagrams, globes, aerial photographs and Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
  3. communicate geographical information in a variety of ways, including through maps, numerical and quantitative skills and writing at length.

Networks & Forums

Subject Leader Meetings are termly meetings providing the latest information about the best practice in English accompanied by high quality guidance materials, engaging resources with opportunities to share good local practice as well as new ideas. 
Meetings develop effective subject leadership, including:
  • Curriculum and pedagogical development
  • Local and national updates
  • Leading change
History Network: meeting dates 2014/15

For further information about the meetings or to book your place online you can visit the training page dedicated to History and Geography.

Top tips for schools working with heritage & cultural organisations

  • Discuss whether DBS checks are required
  • Share the schools’ safeguarding policy
  • Agree dates and times for sessions in advance
  • Issue contracts
  • Share learning objectives and success criteria
  • Work together to plan session content
  • Discuss how teachers and support staff will be involved in the session
  • Review together after every session and adapt plans accordingly
  • Plan time to evaluate together using the agreed success criteria