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History, Geography & RE 


Our aims in teaching Discover are that all children will have: -

  •  An excellent understanding of the ways in which places are interdependent and interconnected and how much human and physical environments are interrelated.
  • An extensive base of geographical knowledge 
  • The ability to reach clear conclusions and develop a reasoned argument to explain findings.
  • Significant levels of originality, imagination or creativity as shown in interpretations and representations of the subject matter.
  • A passion for and commitment to the subject, and a real sense of curiosity to find out about the world and the people who live there.
  • The ability to express well-balanced opinions, rooted in very good knowledge and understanding about current and contemporary issues in society and the environment.
  • The ability to think critically about history and communicate ideas very confidently in styles appropriate to a range of audiences.
  • The ability to consistently support, evaluate and challenge their own and others’ views using detailed, appropriate and accurate historical evidence derived from a range of sources.
  • The ability to think, reflect, debate, discuss and evaluate the past, formulating and refining questions and lines of enquiry.


Our pupils are curious about the past. They enquire about the causes of historical events and understand the impact that these have had - cause and consequence. Through their history lessons, pupils learn the variety of ways in which the past is represented and are taught to interpret a range of sources, both primary and secondary. They develop a secure understanding of chronology. The skills acquired in history equip pupils to consider and evaluate current world events and to predict the possible effects these will have on the future.


Our pupils are responsible global citizens, who have a solid understanding of place, and appreciate and respect the diverse cultures and traditions of our world. They understand the role they play in protecting the Earth and its resources. Pupils are taught about the physical features of the Earth and about human activity, including populations, politics and economics. They can compare and contrast world locations and competently use mapping skills. Whenever possible, pupils take part in fieldwork. Pupils use their geographical skills to become active and effective members of their local and world community.

Religious Education

Through the teaching of Religious Education, our pupils are able to articulate how religious faith affects people’s lives, through sensitively asking and answering questions. They use a variety of media, such as art and drama, to enable them to find answers and to support discussions. We support children to consider the ‘Big Questions’, engage with the text and to confidently use the Religious Literacy introduced in each Key Stage. Pupils have varied opportunities to make links with the wider world and other faiths, whilst at the same time learning skills that will enable them connect Christian practices, values and beliefs to events and teaching in the Bible.