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Meadowdale Primary School

 

Humanities

Religious Education and Collective Worship

Religion has an important contribution to make towards the spiritual, social and moral development of the children.

Our Religious Education (R.E.) teaching is mainly Christian in character, but the children also study other religions.  The children are encouraged to explore religious belief and practice, to respect themselves, each other and the environment around them.  

The daily assemblies are broadly Christian in nature and non-denominational.  Stories from other cultures and religions are also included.  Children take part in fantastic class assemblies once each year, to which parents are invited.  Members of the local and wider communities contribute to our assemblies. We also hold regular celebratory assemblies where children’s achievements in and out of school are noted and celebrated by the whole school community. Parents/carers may withdraw their children from R.E. and assembly after discussion with the Headteacher. 

Geography

Geography

In Geography the children develop a knowledge and understanding of places and environments throughout the world, an understanding of maps and a range of problem-solving skills both inside and outside the classroom.

In Key Stage 1 the children learn about countries within the United Kingdom, the different continents and oceans as well as map reading and making.  In Key Stage 2 the children will study geographical features within the UK and in contrasting localities globally.  They will also learn about rivers, settlements and environmental issues, as well as issues relevant to preserving our planet, our resources and our futures. 

Geography-based curriculum themes will develop cross-curriculum links with, for example, maths, history, literacy and design and technology.

History

In History the children learn about events of importance to them, the immediate past and the distant past. 

Books, newspapers, objects, photographs, ICT, specialist history visitors and visits all help them to learn about life in the past. In Key Stage 1 the children will learn about different aspects of everyday life in the past, e.g. transport, local history, the Great Fire of London and castles. During Key Stage 2 they will be taught about important developments in Britain’s past from Roman to modern times, and also about ancient civilisations and local history.

The children have a number of themed days where they dress up in the costume of the period being studied and experts come into school to lead the activities.