Social & Cultural Curriculum
History, Geography & MFL (French)
Social & Cultural Curriculum at Utterby Primary Academy
As part of our ‘Remarkable Lives- Discover What’s Possible’ vision, we want our children to know as much as possible about the world around them, both here and beyond and to know that they have a significant role to play in their community and the wider world, both in school and when they grow up and reach adulthood.
We believe our children show curiosity and develop a growing understanding about the past, people and places; so that they can make more informed choices about their own future. Skills that they will be able access in the future will help them to learn new languages or to improve their competence in an existing language. MFL is the development of children’s linguistic competence. It should be seen as a life-long skill. Learning a language opens up avenues of communication and exploration as well as promoting, encouraging and instilling a broader cultural understanding.
Learning is brought to life by a range of enrichment activities which include regular trips and visits to places of historical and geographical interest, including residential experiences to enhance and stimulate learning. We also invite visitors into school and members of our local churches to enrich the learning experience.
Our aims for Geography:
- Inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives.
- Equip pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes.
- Develop a growing knowledge about the world to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments.
- Acquire Geographical knowledge, understanding and skills.
- Enable children to learn and explain how the Earth’s features at different scales are shaped, interconnected and change over time
Our aims for History:
•to foster in children an interest in the past and to develop an understanding that enables them to enjoy all that history has to offer;
•to enable children to know about significant events in British history and to appreciate how things have changed over time;
•to develop a sense of chronology;
•to understand how Britain is part of a wider European culture and to study some aspects of European history;
•to have some knowledge and understanding of historical development in the wider world;
•to help children understand society and the local area, and their place within it, so that they develop a sense of their cultural heritage;
•to develop in children the skills of enquiry, investigation, analysis, evaluation and presentation
Our aims for MFL:
- Develop an enthusiastic and positive attitude to other languages and language learning skills
- Raise awareness of aspects of their own language and make comparisons with the foreign language, thereby enriching their understanding of both
- Become aware that language has a structure, and that this structure differs from one language to another
- Become increasingly familiar with the sounds and written form of a modern foreign language; gain enjoyment, pride and a sense of achievement
- Use their knowledge with growing confidence and competence to understand what they hear and read, and to express themselves in speech and in writing as well as ask questions
- Increase cultural understanding by learning about different countries and their people
- Explore and apply strategies to improve their learning
- Form a sound basis for further language learning at Key Stage 3 and beyond
For more details see the Social & Cultural Curriculum Policy at the bottom of the page.