Diss Infant Academy and Nursery

Diss Infant
Academy and Nursery


At Diss Primary Academy Partnership we aim to deliver a high-quality history education. The ARK history curriculum is carefully mapped out to ensure all pupils leave primary school having experienced a rich, in depth curriculum, which leaves them better equipped for their future. Throughout their journey in history, pupils will acquire a breadth of knowledge: of places, people and significant events. Pupils will frequently be given the opportunity to ask enquiring questions, think critically, analyse and evaluate evidence, develop judgment and apply the skills to support their understanding of different perspectives. 

There are four four pillars underpinning the discipline of ARK+ mastery history:

  • Historical enquiry: exposing children to key questions as well as giving them the opportunity to ask their own questions. 
  • Historical enquiry: The pupils being exposed to rich historical knowledge.
  • Historical concepts: Some key skills they will learn to use are, evidence interpretation, considering cause and consequence, change and continuity as well as significance. These skills provide the structure that shapes the history teaching and will be revisited throughout their history journey in school. 
  • To communicate historical findings, verbally and in writing, our children will be able to discuss and debate ideas in depth. 


Our curiosity for the world around us begins at an early age. Geography allows us to understand and explore the ‘what’, the ‘where’ and the ‘how’ of our world; giving us the knowledge we need to understand where, how and why events occur, their impacts on the environment and how they have then influenced people’s lives in the past, the present and the potential future. 

Through studying Geography, pupils make sense of the world and learn how events from both their own localities and the wider world can impact them directly and indirectly. They can understand, describe and appreciate the world whilst also being able to discuss and debate issues on a local, national and global scale. 

Throughout their journey in geographical enquiry, pupils will build their: 

  1. Deep knowledge of locations, places and geographical landscapes across the world 
  2. Understanding of the conditions, processes and interactions that explain features, patterns and changes over time and space 
  3. Application of skills in observing, collecting, analysing, evaluating and communicating geographical information 

Pupils will learn the location of places and regions across the globe and the key features and characteristics of these places. Through an understanding of aspects of both human and physical geography, pupils will discover how places across the globe are both similar and different and how they are changing. They will identify patterns in human and physical geography and understand the links between places, people and environments. Pupils will learn that human and physical geography are intertwined through a concept known as environmental geography. Human, physical and environmental geography will be studied at all scales, from localised regions to the wider world. As pupils develop their geographical knowledge and understanding, they will also develop their geographical skills: using maps, atlases and globes as well as using directional language, a compass and understanding grid references and keys.

In Key Stage 1, pupils begin their journey in geography with a study of the familiar – the local area. They then move outwards to study the United Kingdom and outwards again to gain an overview of the world and the continents and oceans within it. Pupils then study a contrasting location within Kenya, Africa. 


ARK Overview History and Geography