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History is a very successful and popular department which actively engages the students. They are encouraged to discuss their personal experience and family history, with many bringing in objects from home to present such as a model of an Anderson Shelter or medals awarded to family members during World War Two.
Each year group attends workshops or goes on trips to enhance their learning experience; these include exploring the Celts and Romans at Ufton Court, trips to Stratford and the battlefields in Normandy. We encourage a lively, questioning approach which has been enhanced in recent years by interactive whiteboard presentations and active research on suitable websites.
Geography is a lively and colourful subject taught throughout the school. A broad range of topics are covered from Abingdon to St Lucia, rivers to world environments. We aim to encourage a curiosity and fascination about the world by providing practical and relevant activities which develop skills and understanding. Field work is a key part of our Geography teaching and children undertake field trips both at home and abroad.
In the teaching of Geography, we foster a cross curricular approach and make full use of trips, visiting speakers, IWB presentations and individual research in order to enhance the pupils’ knowledge and understanding.
We believe that Religious Education is important in every child’s development. Different religious, spiritual and moral themes are purposefully explored. Explorative questions encourage pupils to listen to and value different viewpoints. Greater understanding of Christianity and the major world religions are brought to life.
Learning about religion focuses on beliefs, teachings and sources, practices and ways of life and forms of expression.
Learning from religion develops pupils’ reflection on, and response to, experiences and learning about religion.
Core values such as faith, compassion, tolerance and respect are developed. We use interactive approaches to engage pupils and guided computer research is used to deepen understanding.