Religious Education enables children to investigate and reflect on some of the most fundamental questions asked by people. At Oatlands Infant School we start to develop the children’s knowledge and understanding of the major world faiths. We enable children to develop a sound knowledge not only of Christianity but also of other world religions, especially those that are the main faiths of children within our school. Children reflect on what it means to have a faith and to develop their own spiritual knowledge and understanding. We help the children learn from religions as well as about religions. Our aim is for children to leave our school confident to explore, identify and express their own opinions. British values are embedded in all areas of our curriculum at Oatlands Infant School. We therefore seek to promote respect and tolerance by giving the children opportunities to discuss and debate ‘big questions’.
Due to the school’s rich Victorian past, we aim to bring history to life through examining historical artefacts, role-play and primary sources. This will stimulate the pupils’ curiosity and develop their understanding of the past. Our History curriculum focuses on enabling our children to think as historians, arming them with skills of enquiry, analysis, interpretation and problem solving.
We will develop the children’s awareness of the past, using common words and phrases relating to the passing of time. Children will gain a sense of chronology and, through this, develop a sense of identity. They will begin to understand how events in the past have influenced our lives today identifying similarities and differences between ways of life in different periods.
At Oatlands Infant School Geography provides a means of exploring, appreciating and understanding the world in which we live and how it has evolved. Geography examines the relationship between the Earth and its people. At our school we aim to inspire children’s love of travel and the wider world. We do this through exciting events such as ‘World Week’ and ‘Airport Day’.
Geography stimulates curiosity and imagination and we aim to build upon the child’s ‘personal geography’ by developing geographical skills, understanding and knowledge through studying places and themes. Geography encourages children to learn through experience particularly through fieldwork and practical activities.