Our ambitious curriculum is broad and balanced. It consists of all the activities designed or encouraged to develop the intellectual, personal, social and physical abilities of children.
It is our belief that a high quality study of humanities' subjects enables children to engage with their past, present and future, securing a deep and rich understanding of the cultural, social and historical contexts of themselves and others. Through a well-planned and sequenced study of Geography, History and Religious Education (RE), we seek to empower our pupils to make moral, spiritual and intellectual sense of the world that surrounds them.
At Busbridge Infant School, Geography, History and RE are each taught discretely with protected timetabled sessions each week, allowing pupils to acquire and develop subject-specific knowledge and skills whilst also encouraging cross-curricular links and approaches. As part of each unit of study, rooted in the aims and objectives of the National Curriculum, children are encouraged and guided to make links and connections between previous units within the subject and across each of the different disciplines. For Reception children learning in the EYFS, the foundational knowledge of these subjects is developed through Understanding of the World.
Please find below the curriculum intent statements for each subject and further information about the teaching of Geography, History and R.E. at Busbridge Infant School.
The intent of our geography curriculum is to inspire a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. The curriculum is designed to equip all children with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments. An understanding of human and physical processes is explored and as children progress a deeper understanding of the interaction between these are further developed.
Each pupil has regular, timetabled Geography lessons taught by their class teacher. These sessions include a mixture of different activities designed to secure in the long-term memory a deep contextual knowledge of globally significant places and events, an understanding of key physical and human geographical features of the world, and to develop a range of geographical skills which build incrementally over time. These activities include a combination of direct teaching, exploratory work, map reading and construction, investigation, and practical fieldwork amongst others.
For Reception children learning in the EYFS, the foundational knowledge of these subjects is developed through Understanding of the World, developing the foundational building blocks of the world around them.
We are also extremely pleased to have our outdoor woodland school area, which provides a wonderful opportunity for children to develop their geographical and scientific skills.
Each year, pupils have also access to a range of wider curriculum opportunities. These include trips and visits, workshops, clubs and events. These experiences allow pupils to develop as geographers within real world contexts and help bring their learning to life.
A high quality history education helps children to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time. Our curriculum intends to enable all children to gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world through inspiring children to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments and develop perspective and judgement.
Each term, children explore a different historical time period through their dedicated History lessons following the aims and objectives of the National Curriculum. For Reception children learning in the EYFS, the foundational knowledge of these subjects is developed through Understanding of the World, developing the foundational building blocks about the past.
Through group discussion, exploration of primary and secondary source material, practical engagement with artefacts, presentation, and written work, children act as historians and build the necessary skills to be successful in the discipline of History. Each lesson, the children are encouraged to consider the chronology of events and their impact on our lives and those of our ancestors.
Our RE curriculum intends to encourage all children (through studying Christianity and other principal religions) to explore their own and others’ questions about meaning and purpose in life, beliefs about God, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human. It supports all children to develop their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development by reflecting on their own beliefs and values whilst respecting the rights of others to differ.
The RE curriculum at Busbridge Infant School follows the Agreed Syllabus for RE in Surrey Schools. It is taught each week as part of an inspirational, timetabled RE lesson by the class teacher. Lessons are planned and sequenced to ensure that each year group studies an aspect of Christianity and at least one other World Faith. Additionally, there are several units which are designed with a broader focus on ethical, moral and spiritutual concepts, drawing on children's own experience and that of their peers.
For Reception children learning in the EYFS, the foundational knowledge of this subject is developed through Understanding of the World, developing the foundational building blocks for how people live their lives.
In addition to their planned lessons, major faiths are also discussed and celebrated.
Our RE curriculum is further enhanced by a diverse range of wider opportunities that the children enjoy across all year groups which include visits from local faith leaders and celebratory events.