Children learn about people’s lives and lifestyles and discover information about significant men, women, children and events from the recent and more distant past, including those from both Britain and the wider world. They listen and respond to stories and use sources of information to help them ask and answer questions and learn how the past is different from the present. The curriculum is heavily complemented by numerous visits to give the children first-hand experience of life in the past; from a day in the trenches to experiencing the workhouse.
History provides the perfect vehicle for teaching children independent learning and Longacre enables children with skills for research and presentation of findings using both text and technology.
Children investigate their local area and a contrasting area in the United Kingdom or abroad, finding out about the environment in both areas and the people who live there. They also begin to learn about the wider world. They carry out geographical enquiry inside and outside the classroom, such as conducting a traffic survey in the local village. In doing this they ask geographical questions about people, places and environments, and use geographical skills and resources such as maps and photographs.
Citizenship, Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE)
Children learn about themselves as developing individuals and as members of their communities, building on their own experiences and on the early learning goals for personal, social and emotional development. They learn the basic rules and skills for keeping themselves healthy and safe and for behaving well. They have opportunities to show they can take some responsibility for themselves and their environment. They begin to learn about their own and other people’s feelings and become aware of the views, needs and rights of other children and older people. As members of a class and school community, they learn social skills such as how to share, take turns, play, help others, resolve simple arguments and resist bullying. They begin to take an active part in the life of their school and its neighbourhood.
Religious Studies (RE)
Religious Education is taught alongside PSHE as the themes complement one another. The overall aim for teaching R.E. at Longacre is to allow the children to acquire and develop their knowledge and understanding of the principal religions represented in Great Britain including Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism and Sikhism. It aims to:-
• Develop an understanding of beliefs, values and traditions and how they influence individuals, communities, societies and cultures.
• Develop the skills necessary to discuss religious and moral issues.
• Enhance the spiritual, moral, cultural and social and physical development of the pupils.
• Encourage reflections on their own beliefs and values as well as those of others.
• Develop respect for other people’s beliefs.
• Develop a positive attitude towards living in a society of diverse religions.
Project and Independent Learning
Children in Form III to VI undertake a term of ‘project,’ a timetabled lesson specifically designed to assist children in exploring the world around them and questioning ethics, relationships and consider life skills such as time management and fiscal projects.
Children are taught how to conduct independent research against a set of criteria, undertake a presentation without using ICT as a crutch, conduct interviews and manage themselves and their workload with greater independence in preparation for senior schooling.