Geography & History Co-ordinator

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Mr Chris Hilliard
YEAR 5 TEACHER

email: info@westhill.wandsworth.sch.uk

Teacher profile

My name is Chris Hilliard and I have been working at West Hill Primary since 2012 and am the Geography and History Co-ordinator.

I have worked across all year groups supporting class teachers in Literacy and Maths lessons. I have taken focussed groups, working on identified targets, to whole classes, team teaching with the class teacher.

I love children’s literature and supporting children in writing their own stories. If I had to choose my favourite picture book it would be a choice between Lost and Found By Oliver Jeffers, or Slow Loris by Alexis Deacon.

Currently I am in Year 5 and enjoying being with the same group of children every day. It has been great to be back in the class and see the progress the children have made over the academic year. It is amazing to see how the children grow and mature into young adults.

Like a lot of adults in the school I have a wide and eclectic taste in music. I love seeing bands perform live. If I am fortunate to have some time to myself you will probably find me running. I enjoy running long distances, as it gives me the chance to listen to my music, and have I recently been running half marathons.

Geography

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At West Hill we aim for our Geography curriculum to develop a sense of curiosity and fascination within all of our children. We want to encourage them to think for themselves, to ask questions and to investigate the world around them.

At our school we want to instil a lifelong love of Geography. A great emphasis is placed on ‘seeing and doing’ and all children regularly participate in trips and outings to make Geography come alive.

In both KS1 and KS2 geography is taught through the enquiry based curriculum throughout the academic year. Children are taught different key skills as they progress through the school.
Some examples of the topics include:
Year 1 – My Community
Year 2 – Passport to the World
Year 3 – Islands
Year 4 – America
Year 5 – Rivers
Year 6 – Earthquakes and volcanos

In KS1 children spend time learning the continents and oceans as well as naming the countries that make up the United Kingdom and their capital cities. They compare geographical differences between areas of the UK and mainland Europe using maps and photographs, identifying weather patterns and developing their basic geographical vocabulary.

In KS2 children practise and consolidate the above skills as well as: locating specific countries across the world and identifying their human and physical features; naming and describing the features of towns and cities in the United Kingdom; identifying latitude, longitude, the Equator, the Northern and Southern Hemisphere and time zones and comparing the UK, Europe and America. KS2 children are also given the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding of climate zones, rivers, mountains, volcanoes, types of settlement, economic activity and the distribution of natural resources.

History

At West Hill, we aim to provide a history curriculum that will inspire the children’s curiosity and fascination about the world and the people in it. We hope to enable each child to reach their full potential through a variety of learning activities, trips and projects.

In both KS1 and KS2, history is taught in a cross-curricular way throughout the academic year. Children are taught different key skills as they progress through the school.

Some examples of the topics include:
Year 1 – London Town – Great Fire of London and Wartime Heroines
Year 2 – The Battle of Hastings and the Final Frontier
Year 3 – Celts and Romans and Ancient Greece
Year 4 – Ancient Egyptians and Viscous Vikings
Year 5 – Tudors
Year 6 – World War 2 and The Stone age

In KS1, children spend time learning about changes within living memory for example, in Year 2 looking at Kings and Queens past and present, and in Year 1 how Wandsworth has changed over time. We also look at events beyond living memory such as The Great Fire of London in Year 1 and learning about the first landing on the Moon in Year 2. We also look at the lives of significant individuals in the past and significant historical events, people and places.

In KS2, pupils continue to develop secure knowledge and understanding of British, local and world history. Children are taught to identify trends over time and be able to establish clear narratives within and across periods they are studying, using key historical vocabulary. In Year 3 the children begin KS2 by learning about the changes in Britain from the Celts and the Romans. In Year 4 they study Britain’s settlement by Anglo-Saxons and discover just how viscous the Vikings really were. Year 5 look at significant turning points in British history, and how the Tudor influences still resonate today. In Year 6 they focus on a local history; and the impact WW2 had on local areas.