Geography and History are taught under the umbrella of Humanities here at Garden House. In Key Stage One the children study a term-long topic covering historical, geographical and scientific objectives in a diverse and creative way. In Key Stage Two, Humanities and Science are taught separately. At all stages, our teachers encourage the children to develop a curiosity for the world around them as well as an understanding of how the past has shaped that world.

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. The children take a chronological journey through a range of topics from British and world History.

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. Trips to places such as Hampton Court or a real Victorian classroom further enrich the children’s understanding and help bring the past to life. We also entertain a number of visitors from history like Roman legionaries or Florence Nightingale.

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

In Geography we want the children to develop a deeper understanding and appreciation of the world we live in and on which we all depend. It is important that the children develop a sense of responsibility for the Earth as well as an awareness of cultural diversity.

The children develop their knowledge of environmental issues and learn to form their own opinions on them. Map work and Global Location form an important part of the Geography curriculum allowing the children to place their learning and their own experiences into a broader context.

Hands-on activities during 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