Turning detective to work out the age of a toy, travelling the world with Barnaby Bear, visiting a museum to find out how the Victorians lived – these are just a few of the ways our children get hooked on history and geography.
We like to take a cross-curricular approach, so a trip to the Tower of London might start off as a history lesson but is more than likely to end up with the children making collages of castles and writing stories inspired by St George and the dragon.
We use historical artefacts, photos, posters, DVDs, interviews and site visits to help the children develop a sense of then and now – and to understand that there can be different takes on the past. As well as looking into their own histories, we get them using different sources to find out about people and events, from Florence Nightingale to the Great Fire of London. And to make it all come to life, there are trips ranging from local museums to Ely Cathedral.
As geography is all around us, we firmly believe that it’s a subject that’s best taught outdoors, wherever possible. So we make full use of the school grounds and field trips to spark the children’s natural curiosity and give them a sense of the wider world they live in.
The children use photos and globes to find out about geographical features, learn the names of countries, continents and oceans. They study the United Kingdom and its weather patterns and start to make connections about why things happen. They also see where they live on a map, get to know the four points of the compass and how to give and follow directions. After all, there’s no place like home.