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The Humanities

History, Geography and Religious Education come under this heading.

In History, children are taught about important events and developments in Britain’s past from Iron Age to modern times.  They also learn about ancient civilisations and the history of our local area.  We believe that acquiring knowledge about the past gives us a better understanding of the present.

Children are encouraged to develop research skills and an investigative approach.  Wherever possible, visits to historical places of interest are arranged and they are given first hand experiences to enhance their understanding, for example a Great Fire of London day in Year Two.

Geography is concerned with helping children develop an understanding of their immediate surroundings and of the wider world through the study of places, the human and physical processes that shape them and the people who live in them.

Geographical skills are developed through practical activities such as map making and map reading, data collection and fieldwork.  Pupils’ work is recorded in many different forms including diagrams, pictures, graphs and displays.  Investigations are carried out in our immediate locality including our Nature Reserve and comparisons are made with other areas of the country and the world.

Religious Education As a Church of England school, we are concerned that our pupils develop an understanding of the message and meaning of Christianity.  The Christian faith is therefore at the core of our R.E. scheme of work.  However, we encourage and expect a tolerance and respect for all beliefs.  At Key Stage One, the children learn about religious traditions by studying a variety of stories, celebrations and customs.  In Key Stage Two, Christianity is studied alongside Judaism, Sikhism, Hinduism and Islam.  Thus, all the children are encouraged to learn from religion about the importance of rules and values in our own lives.