At Dormanstown Primary Academy, we view History not only as simple facts and dates but as a means to encourage pupils to become detectives who explore the past in an exciting way.
History is taught mainly through a topic based approach and gives pupils a chance to explore a wide range of sources from which the past may come alive.
The study of history allows our children to compare and contrast, to examine how and why things have changed, to learn about figures characters and expand their research skills. We want them to gain the knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world and compare this to modern life. Teaching inspires pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past, and equips them to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. We encourage first hand experiences through handling real artefacts and wherever possible arranging field work visits to relevant sites of historical interest in the our local area. We believe it is important that our children understand how history has shaped lives today and why it is an exciting and relevant subject to learn.
History helps pupils 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.
In Dormanstown Primary Academy, Geography is taught through the exciting and engaging Cornerstones topics personalised to meet the needs of children and develop their own interests. The topics are specifically chosen for each year group, in order to incorporate all aspects of Geography, and to ensure all objectives are being met across each key stage. In all year groups, Geography has a main focus in one of the six Cornerstones topics.
Our Geography curriculum aims to inspire children’s curiosity and fascination about the world. By doing this, we aim to develop the children’s understanding about diverse places, people, resources, natural and human environments and the Earth’s key physical and human processes. The geography curriculum is split into four key areas location knowledge, place knowledge, human and physical geography and geographical skills and fieldwork.
Geography is delivered through a variety of approaches in our Academy; this includes linking project work with other subjects such as English, Maths and ICT. Through the use of ICT, the children are able to look at the world in different ways. This can be done through the use of online maps, satellites and street view, which allows the children to visit places they have never been before.
Throughout the Academy, Geography is taught through a hands on practical approach, with children recording and presenting their findings in a variety of different ways. In EYFS, Geography is taught through interactive and play approaches, which links with the Early Learning Goals and allows children to discuss their findings and information though speaking, listening and practical approaches. Throughout Key Stages 1 and 2, children are provided with the opportunity to become explorers both inside and outside of the Academy. This includes children having the opportunity to visit geographical locations in the local area such as: Foxrush Farm, Redcar Beach, Roseberry Topping, Guisborough Forest Walkway and the Transporter Bridge.
At Dormanstown Primary Academy, we seek to give children a rich variety of experiences through which they can develop the necessary attitudes and knowledge to formulate their own beliefs and social values.
The development of self awareness, moral values and positive relationships with others are elements of our work with our children. This also forms part of the Personal, Social and Emotional Curriculum within the Early Years Foundation Stage.
We strive to develop our childrens basic sense of identity and belonging to enable them to flourish individually within their communities and as citizens in a pluralistic society and global community. Religious Education has an important role in preparing children for adult life, employment and lifelong learning. It enables them to develop respect for and sensitivity to others, in particular for those whose faiths and beliefs are different from their own. It promotes discernment and helps pupils to combat prejudice.
It develops knowledge and understanding of Christianity, other principal religions, other religious traditions and other world views and offers opportunities for personal reflection and spiritual development. It enhances pupils awareness and understanding of religions and beliefs, teachings, practices and forms of expression, as well as of the influence of religion on individuals, families, communities and cultures.
Assembly themes cover a range of morals, religions and celebrations, some linked with PSHCE topics. Class assemblies also link to religious themes such as Christmas, and we were very proud when our C.H.R.I.S.T.M.A.S. spells Christmas work won a Northern Grid ICT award. We help to celebrate religious festivals with the community and our choir sing carols for the switching on of the Christmas lights celebration in Redcar and in Dormanstown.