History & Geography
History and Geography (Humanities)
The study of history plays an important part in helping children to understand how the past influences the present and how beliefs and cultures have influenced people’s actions. Children are able to gain a coherent understanding of chronology in British, local and world history. Through this they are able to acquire an understanding of themselves as individuals and as members of society.
Geography is an important tool of learning and communication, involving study of the physical and human processes that shape places throughout the world and the lives of the people who live in them. Through their learning, children are able to develop an understanding of geographical process, knowledge of locations beyond the local area and the application of geographical skills including the use of an atlas, eight point compass and field work observations. Skills developed through geography help pupils to make sense of their wider world.
In history and geography, children need to be able to research by asking perceptive questions, sift through evidence and develop perspective as well as a point of view. The school arranges a number of educational visits, both day and residential, where children have the opportunity to study from first hand experience, to find evidence, weigh it up and reach their own conclusions which are then communicated to others in a variety of ways. These are important skills to learn for the future.