Geography and History are taught under the umbrella of Humanities here at Garden House, with a topic generally devoted to each subject per half term.  Teachers encourage the children to develop a curiosity for the world around them as well as a developed understanding of the past.

Aims of History Teaching

History at Garden House is so much more than dates and facts; it is a meaningful exploration through time, encouraging a natural curiosity to question and developing the skills to find answers. We cover a range of topics in keeping with the National Curriculum including British History as well as the wider world.

The children’s learning is further enriched through workshops and trips to bring the past to life. We are extremely lucky as a school to have a number of connections through the community with establishments such as the Royal Hospital. The children gain a valued insight into the past through the visits and talks given to them by the Chelsea Pensioners.

Above all, we believe that the ability to formulate enquiry skills and develop the children’s own opinions is paramount to becoming successful historians. It is this sense of wonder and excitement that we harness within the children, equipping them for life.

I love learning about what happened in the past and how people lived
— JS Pupil
I like history because we get to learn what we have come from and how we have evolved
— USI pupil
It is really fun to learn about the Kings and Queens, when I went to the Westminster Abbey, it was fascinating to see Henry VIII’s grave
— MSI pupil

Aims of Geography Teaching

Geography is taught in a dynamic and engaging way at Garden House with every effort applied to the children asking questions about the world they live in and on which they depend. It is important that the children develop a sense of responsibility for the Earth as well as an awareness of cultural diversity.

Global Location forms an important part of the Geography curriculum; with the children learning about continents, countries, capitals, key rivers and mountain ranges.  

Hands-on activities such as map and field work make their learning more tangible allowing the children to develop their confidence to cherish and explore the world around them. 

I like Geography because there are lots of different places to learn about. In particular, the project about Peru was fun because I liked learning about the capital city and the history of the country.  It was great to play real Peruvian musical instruments!
— MSI pupil
There are so many interesting topics that we cover it makes me want to find out more stuff at home
— JS pupil
We learn Geography in such a fun way
— USI pupil