Understanding the World

Design and Technology

Design and Technology at Croft School encourages children to learn to think and intervene creatively to solve problems both as individuals and as members of a team. They are taught to look for opportunities and to respond to them by developing a range of ideas and making a range of products. The children are also given opportunities to reflect upon and evaluate past and present design technology, its uses and its effectiveness and are encouraged to become innovators.

Aims:

  • To introduce the children progressively to a widening range of experiences, materials, construction mechanisms, foods, tools, skills and contexts for activities in order to develop their technological capabilities
  • To provide meaningful opportunities in real life contexts
  • To secure the design process, with every project including elements of designing, making and evaluating
  • Across the school pupils will be taught to develop their design and technology capability through combining their designing and making skills with knowledge and understanding in order to design, make and evaluate products.

The Subject Leader for Design and Technology is Miss Nicola Bleasby.

Please see our Design and Technology policy for full details.

History

At Croft Primary School we are committed to providing all children with learning opportunities to engage in history. History is about real people who lived, and real events which happened in the past. History is concerned with sequence, time and chronology and is the study of evidence about the past; it gives us a sense of identity, set within our social, political, cultural and economic relationships. History fires the children’s curiosity about the past in Britain and the wider world and plays an essential part in preparing us for living and working in the contemporary world. Pupils consider how the past influences the present, what past societies were like, how these societies organised their politics, and what beliefs and cultures influenced people’s actions. As they do this, children develop a chronological framework for their knowledge of significant events and people. They see the diversity of human experience and understand more about themselves as individuals and members of society. What they learn can influence their decisions about personal choices, attitudes and values. In history, children find evidence, weigh it up and reach their own conclusions. To do this they need to be able to research, sift through evidence, and argue for their point of view – skills that are prized in adult life.

At Croft Church of England Primary School the broad aims of History are to:

  • help children understand the present in the context of the past
  • stimulate an interest and knowledge of the past
  • instil a sense of identity and responsibility through an understanding of cultural roots and personal/shared inheritance
  • help children to learn about the traditions and inheritance of other cultures/countries in the modern world
  • help children develop the ability to make judgements and ask historical questions

The Subject Leader for History is Miss Nicola Bleasby.

Please see our History policy for full details.

Geography

We are committed to providing all children with learning opportunities to engage in geography. This policy sets out a framework within which teaching and non-teaching staff can work, and gives guidance on planning, teaching and assessment. It has been developed through a process of consultation with school staff and governors.

Geography is an essential part of the curriculum, it provides a means of exploring, appreciating and understanding the world in which we live and how it has evolved. Geography explores the relationship between the Earth and its people through the study of place, space and environment. It contributes to the cultural, social, spiritual and moral life of children as they acquire knowledge of a range of different cultures and traditions and learn tolerance and understanding of other people and environments. Geography is the subject in which pupils learn the skills of understanding a locality and how and where people fit into its overall structure. Developing geographical skills is essential as children live in a world that is wide open to them. With opportunities to travel and work in different cities and countries across the world, pupils need to use efficiently maps, charts and other geographical data. The opportunities for the children to carry out geographical enquiry are also of value.

At Croft Church of England Primary School, the aims of Geography are to:

  • stimulate pupils’ interest in the world around them and to foster a sense of wonder at the world around them
  • help pupils develop an informed concern for the quality of the environment
  • enhance pupils’ sense of responsibility for the care of the earth and its people
  • develop a range of skills to interpret geographical information and to carry out geographical enquiry.

The Subject Leader for Geography is Miss Nicola Bleasby.

Please see our Geography policy for full details.