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Bedgrove Junior School

An Academy of the Great Learners Trust



"Geography has made us neighbours. History has made us friends." - J.F.K

"Painter, paint!" - Salvador Dali


At Bedgrove Junior School we want to inspire children to be curious about the past and the world around them whilst developing their creative skills and knowledge. We strive to deliver a curriculum which teaches children to create thoughtful comparisons between civilisations, appreciate the diversity of societies and understand their local area and how this compares across the world. We also hope to inspire pupils to develop an understanding of the history of arts whilst developing skills in this area. These combined experiences will enable children to succeed in these key areas throughout KS2 and when accessing the KS3 curriculum and understand their identity both on a local and global level. Through our topic curriculum and modelling by staff, we aspire for children to use a range of historical, geographical and artistic terminology and language in the correct contexts. We aim to make sure topic is spoken of highly amongst all school stakeholders and that staff feel proficient in teaching all aspects of it. We also aim to challenge our pupils by providing opportunities to develop resilience, to work collaboratively and to reflect critically on their learning.

Above is an example of how we use our skills and knowledge progression document to help create the learning journey which will be used to inform our planning.

Autumn history topics

Year 3 - Sticks, Stones and Bones

Delving into the Stone Age, Year 3 will be looking at how significant the varying eras of the Stone Age were and the changes that occurred in Britain when moving to the Bronze Age.

Year 4 - Ancient Adventurers 

Year 4 will be comparing two ancient civilisations - the Greeks and the Maya. Through learning about different aspects of their lives, they will form their own opinions about which civilisation is 'greater'.

Year 5 - Raiders and Traders

Through exploring the Roman invasion, Year 5 will draw on their knowledge to make comparisons to their predecessors - the Celts. Additionally, they will focus on the Roman army and what made them so successful.

Year 6 - Please Sir, Can I Learn Some More? 

Year 6 will be learning about the lasting impact of the Victorian era. By exploring themes such as the British Empire and women's suffrage, they will draw conclusions about how equal the lives of different groups of Victorians were. 

Spring Geography Topics

Year 3 - Bedgrove and Beyond

To start this topic, Year 3 will be exploring the wider world before focusing in on the local area. Through this, children will be looking at the impact humans have on the environment and whether or not they make this better or worse. 

Year 4 - From Source to Sea

Through this topic, the children will dive into the different rivers of the world and explore the various ways rivers have impacted lives.

Year 5 - Exploding Earth

Earthquakes, mountains and volcanoes! Year 5 will be busy understanding the importance of tectonic plates and how each of these are formed. They will then delve into how humans are affected by natural disasters.

Year 6 - What a Wonderfilled World!

Year 6 will be going on a tour of the different natural and man-made wonders of the world. They will be questioning whether these wonders will stand the test of time by learning about the human and physical processes impacting them.

WOW days

Each new topic begins with a 'WOW' day to immerse the children in what they will be learning. Have a look at what we have been up to so far this year!