Many of our topic themes are linked to either history or geography. Through this approach, our children have more quality time to learn about each area of study as they explore it through their English, maths or P.E. for example. Our cross-curricular approach both develops real passion for each topic of learning and also true experts in each field.
A high-quality history education helps our children gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. It inspires curiosity to know more about the past. The historical skills of questioning, thinking critically, weighing evidence, sifting arguments, and developing perspective and judgement are practised and applied wherever possible. We also know that history helps children to understand diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time – very important in this day in age. Visits to Hampton Court, the Imperial War Museum and Windsor Castle, to name a few, help bring history to life for St Mary’s children.
We want our children to develop a fascination about our world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. We equip our children with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. Our children learn about exotic locations and landscapes on the other side of our planet as well as their own locality: London and Twickenham. Importantly, we explore the relationships between us (humans) and our natural environment; we are very clear that our planet’s climate is changing and that sustainable living is vital for our future. Our school Eco Council work alongside parents and all pupils to ensure we: switch off lights when not needed; reduce, reuse and recycle wherever possible; monitor our food waste; and also learn how to grow our own food.