Part of the Glyn Academies Trust


Geograpy Lead:  Miss Sophie Langworthy

History Lead:  Miss Jasmine Frost


At Hillcroft, our Geography curriculum is designed to develop and encourage children’s curiosity and fascination about the world and its people. Children investigate a range of places – both in Britain and abroad – to help develop their knowledge and understanding of the Earth’s physical and human processes. Through high quality teaching, we provide a wide breadth of topics across the school, adapting lessons to suit the needs of our children. Our assessment procedures enable us to identify gaps in learning and address these in the future.

In Key Stage 1, we focus on map skills and identifying geographical similarities and differences. We are committed to providing children with opportunities to investigate and make enquiries about the local area, enabling them to develop a sense of who they are, where they live and features of their local environment. 

In Key Stage 2, we build on these layers of knowledge and concepts, introducing the use of geographical and technical vocabulary. In time, these terms become rooted in children’s long-term memory. 


At Hillcroft, we believe that all children have the right to a broad and engaging History curriculum that builds layers of knowledge about the significant events and people of the past, ensuring that they reflect upon the impact of these on today’s society.  By sequencing learning across the school, children have opportunities to investigate and interpret the past, understand chronology, build an overview of Britain’s past as well as that of the wider world, and to be able to communicate historically.  Central to our intent is to have immersive experiences for the children, and emphasise links to our local community.

We develop children with the following essential characteristics to help them become historians:  

  • An excellent knowledge and understanding of people, events and contexts from a range of historical periods, including significant events in Britain’s past;  
  • The ability to think critically about history and communicate ideas confidently to a range of audiences;  
  • The ability to support, evaluate and challenge their own and others’ views using historical evidence from a range of sources;  
  • The ability to think, reflect, debate, discuss and evaluate the past by formulating and refining questions and lines of enquiry;  
  • A respect for historical evidence and the ability to make critical use of it to support their learning;  
  • A desire to embrace challenging activities, including opportunities to undertake high-quality research across a range of history topics;  
  • A developing sense of curiosity about the past and how and why people interpret the past in different ways.



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