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History & Geography

From September 2014 Oakhill Primary School adopted a new approach to Geography and History through the 'Learning Challenge' curriculum. This means that every new topic starts with an intriguing question and an exciting activity to get the children thinking. Children are asked what they already know about the topic and what they would like to find out. The teacher will then plan activities to help children find the answers to their questions. Overviews of what is taught in to each year group in both History and Geography can be found at the bottom of this page.






The questions that we cover at Oakhill in History are;
Expectation of study is split into guidance for KS1 and KS2.

KS1 Pupils:
1. Would The Beatles have won the X Factor? A comparison between The Beatles and Led Zeppelin.
?2.Why is the Wii more fun than grandma’s old toys? A study into toys from previous eras and generations.
3. Why were Christopher Columbus and Neil Armstrong brave?
4. What was it like when the queen came to the throne in 1953?
5. How have Rosa Parks and Nelson Mandela helped to make the world a better?
KS2 Pupils should be taught about (subject to change):

  1. Who lived first in Britain? Changes in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age
  2. How did the Victorian period help to shape Stoke-on-Trent? Local History

3 Why did Henry VIII invent a new church?


4 Why were Norman Castles certainly not bouncy?



5 What would you have done on the Titanic?


6 Why were the Romans so powerful and what did we learn from them?



7 How could Hitler have convinced a nation like Germany to follow him?



8 Why should gunpowder, treason and plot never be forgotten?


9 Were the Anglo-Saxons really smashing?


10 How can we rediscover the wonders of Ancient Egypt?


11 Who were the Mayans and what have we learned from them?


12 Earliest Civilisations


13 Were the Vikings always victorious and vicious?





Our learning challenge questions!

Key Stage One

Why cant meerkat live in the north pole?
What would Dora the explorer find exciting about our town/ city?
Where do the leaves go in winter?
Where would you prefer to live: England or Africa?
Why do we love to be beside the seaside?
Where do, and did the wheels on the bus go?

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Key Stage Two

Our learning challenge questions!

Why do so many people go to the mediterranean for their holidays?
Where would you choose to build a city?
What makes the earth angry?
Why is Thames so important to London?
Why should the rainforest be so important to us all?
Will you ever see the water you drink again?
Has Greece always been in the news?
Why is Stoke such a cool place to live?
What is so special about the USA?
I'm a year 6 pupil, can you get me out of here?

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In July 2015 we were awarded the Primary geography quality mark!


Geography trips and visitors

So far this year....

Year 1 went to Peak Park to support their topic about meerkats!

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In year 2 we had a visit from the African drummers!