The purpose of our Geography teaching is to help pupils to develop an understanding of their surroundings and make sense of the world they live in. At St Olave’s we believe it should evolve naturally from their own curiosity about what is around them. Through careful planning and the regular use of fieldwork our pupils learn how to use, draw and interpret maps. They learn about environmental problems at a local, regional and global scale and gain an understanding of ‘sustainable development’ and ‘global citizenship’.
We believe it is important our pupils learn about other cultures and, in so doing, teach a respect and gain understanding of what it means to be a positive citizen in a multi-cultural country.
The geography department has a cross-curricular approach providing lessons which integrate the knowledge and skills learnt in science, English, mathematics and ICT.
At St Olave’s we take great care that our children learn about the facts, causes, consequences and personal stories behind historical events. Our interactive history curriculum encourages pupils to explore their knowledge and understanding of all things historical. We aim to bring history to life, making the past something that is accessible. So whether in the classroom or out of school on trips our children are actively learning.
We believe it is important for our pupils to have an awareness of our country’s history but also that of the wider world such as the Egyptians, Romans and Vikings.
We want our children to understand the historical facts but also to have the skills needed for research, learning how to read and interpret a variety of sources and to make judgments on the events of the past which will help them to inform their future.
As a non-denomination school we feel it is our duty to help the children learn from religions as well as about religions. At St. Olave’s we enable children to develop sound knowledge not only of Christianity but also of other world religions, especially those that are the main faiths of children within our school.
While we enable our children to develop a deep understanding of British Values we also encourage pupils to ‘celebrate our differences’ and respect other cultures, religions and ways of life.
The RE curriculum promotes education for citizenship and forms an important part of our school’s spiritual, moral and social teaching. Pupils are given the opportunity to learn from first-hand experience by investigating the world around them and thus gain knowledge and understanding of it.