History and Geography

Geography
 
At Highfield Middle School our aim is for Geography to be a great way of developing young people’s fascination for the world around them. Our lessons are all about understanding the world around us and developing transferable skills such as research, observation and measurement. We learn locational knowledge, looking at both the local area and further afield. We also learn about the physical and human aspects of geography and apply the knowledge and skills we have learnt to everyday life. 

Curriculum

At Highfield in Geography pupils are taught to:

  • locate the world's countries, using maps to focus on Europe and North and South America, concentrating on environmental regions, key physical and human characteristics, countries and major cities;
  • name and locate counties and cities of the UK, geographical regions and their identifying human and physical characteristics and key topographical features;
  • Identify the position and significance of latitude, longitude, the equator, the northern and southern hemispheres, the tropics of Cancer and Capricorn, the Arctic and Antarctic, and time zones.
  • understand geographical similarities and differences by studying the human and physical geography of a region of the UK, a region of a European country and a region within North or South America;
  • Describe and understand key aspects of physical and human geography, such as climate zones, rivers, volcanoes, types of settlement and land use.
  • extend their locational knowledge using maps of the world to focus on Africa, Russia, Asia and the Middle East;
  • understand geographical similarities, differences and links between places by studying the human and physical geography of a region within Africa and one within Asia;
  • understand key processes such as geological timescales and plate tectonics, rocks, weathering and soils, and weather and climate, including the change in climate from the Ice Age to the present;
  • understand how these human and physical processes interact;
  • interpret Ordnance Survey maps in the classroom and the field, using grid references and scale, topographical and other thematic mapping, and aerial and satellite photographs;
  • use geographical information systems to analyse data;
  • use field work in contrasting locations to collect, analyse and draw conclusions from geographical data, employing multiple sources;
  • communicate geographical information in a variety of ways, including through maps, numerical and quantitative skills and writing at length.

 

 

 

UNIT 1

UNIT 2

UNIT 3

YEAR 5

SCHOOL STUDY AND GEOGRAPHY SKILLS

SCANDINAVIA

EGYPT AND THE RIVER NILE

YEAR 6

RIVERS

MEXICO

TOURISM

YEAR 7

MAP SKILLS AND ORDNANCE SURVEY

AFRICA, KENYA AND ZAMBIA

URBANISATION

YEAR 8

POPULATION

ASIA AND INDIA

WEATHER AND CLIMATE

 

 

History

At Highfield Middle School, we strive to make History as engaging as possible for our students. We cover a wide range of historical events and cultures throughout the four year at HMS, from the Ancient Mayans to the Slave Trade. We use a wide range of different resources during History lessons, making learning hands on and practical through handling artefacts where possible, as well as studying a range of source material to prepare students for GCSE study.

In History, students are assessed in a variety of ways, including reports, presentations and formal tests. We work closely with PCHS to ensure our assessment methods are consistent and challenging, as well as delivering a transition project at the end of Year 8.

In addition to a varied curriculum, students will also have the opportunity to go on several History trips during their time at Highfield, including visits to Prudhoe Castle and The Great North Museum, to help bring History to life.

Curriculum
 

Year Group

Autumn

Spring

Summer

5

The achievements of the earliest civilizations.

 

The Ancient Egyptians

Britain’s settlement by Anglo-Saxons and Scots.

What impact did the Anglo-Saxons have?

A local history study.

 

How did World War One impact our local area?

 

6

A non-European society that provides contrasts with British history.

 

Why should we remember the Maya?

 

The Viking and Anglo-Saxon struggle for the Kingdom of England to the time of Edward the Confessor.

Would the Vikings do anything for money?

 

A study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066.

How has communication changed over time?

7

The development of Church, state and society in Medieval Britain 1066-1509.

A local history study

 

Medieval Castles

– Study of Prudhoe Castle

 

  •         The Norman Conquest
  •         Medieval Religion
  •         Thomas Beckett and Magna Carta
  •         Life in the Middle Ages
  •         Medieval Health and Medicine
  •         Wars of the Roses
 

8

The development of Church, state and society in Britain 1509-1745.

Ideas, political power, industry and empire: Britain, 1745-1901.

  •         Life in Tudor times
  •         Queen Elizabeth I
  •         The Stuarts
  •         Civil War
  •         Britain in 1745
  •         The Slave Trade
  •         Transition Unit -
  •         Victorian Britain
  •         British Empire
 

 

Mr A Lillie

KS2 Geography Lead

Miss J Lomax

KS3 Geography Lead

Miss C Metcalfe

History Lead