The past influences all aspects of our lives and shapes the customs and beliefs of the community to which we belong. We hope that by learning about the past the children will be able to develop a sense of identity, empathy with and understanding of people who have lived in the past, an appreciation of the ways in which we learn about the past and a greater ability to make sense of the world in which they live today.
How can I help my child?
- Talk about how the world has changed since you were young (talk about records, black and white televisions, games you used to play)
- Get them to ask their grandparents about their lives
- Visit museums and castles
- Research history topics together before they do them at school
It is very important that the children have an understanding of the physical world and human society in which they are growing up. In the study of geography we help the children to develop knowledge and understanding of local, regional and world environments and give the children the opportunity to develop the practical skills of map reading and fieldwork.
How can I help my child?
- Read maps with your children
- Show them where different countries are
- Talk about local towns, the weather, different landscapes etc
Under the terms of the 1988 Education Reform Act all children have the opportunity to be taught Religious Education. This involves teaching about the major religions of the world. Briefly, our aims in teaching Religious Education are as follows:
- to enable the children to become aware of themselves as individuals and their place in society.
- to increase the children’s knowledge of world religions.
- to enable the children to explore and develop respect for the beliefs of themselves and others.
- to develop in the children a capacity to consider philosophical questions.
Our teaching begins from the children’s personal experience. This leads on to teaching about major religions and then, with the older children, to a consideration of the abstract elements of religion. Please be aware that we teach about religions – we do not preach about religions.
Parents do have the right to withdraw their children from collective religious education, including any Acts of Worship, after consultation with the Headteacher.
In providing for your children we are guided by the requirements of the National Curriculum and any policies of the Governing Body.
The provision at The Weatheralls takes account of every aspect of a child’s development. The curriculum gives children the opportunity to achieve the highest possible standards of numeracy and literacy whilst ensuring they can become confident in physical, artistic, practical and social skills. We provide a broad and balanced education allowing for the individual needs of each child to be met within well-planned learning experiences.