Through topic-based work we aim to provide pupils with the knowledge and understanding of geographical processes as well as structures, places and people whilst developing the skills required for geographical investigations. The children are taught map-reading, the use of simple instruments, observation and identification. We are fortunate in having a varied local environment to help aid geographical study and can call upon the expertise and enthusiasm of local professionals to broaden their experience.
Children often take part in field trips to investigate features such as rivers and coasts, outings which always prove to be popular and the highlight of the school year.
At St Mary’s we aim to develop the children’s knowledge and understanding of the past. In Key Stage One, the children develop historical awareness through story-telling and examining and evaluating secondary sources. In addition to this, they learn about the lives of famous people which enables the development of their own sense of personal history. In Key Stage Two, this is augmented through studies of topics such as the Romans, World War II and the Tudors.