Please also see separate geography page.
Through Geography we aim to help children become more aware of the world in which they live, starting with the local area, where they live and go to school. They will be taught about the seven continents of the world and the five oceans. They will learn the countries of the United Kingdom and their capital cities. They will compare and contrast an area of the United Kingdom with another area non-European country. At Iver Heath Infant School and Nursery we hold an annual World Week during which the children will all experience a range of six countries and will carry out deeper investigations into their chosen class country. Map skills will be developed throughout all topics, using maps of different scales, atlases and interactive displays children will be enabled to make their own maps, and to represent their ideas and discoveries in a variety of ways, using a range of media. All work linked to Geography aims to develop curiosity and knowledge in our pupils
In History, we aim to ensure that the children develop an awareness of the past using common words and phrases relating to the passing of time. They know and understand where the people and events they study fit within a chronological framework and identify similarities and differences between ways of life in different periods. They are encouraged to use a wide vocabulary of everyday historical terms. We also offer the children the opportunity to ask and answer questions, sometimes using parts of stories and other sources to show that they know and understand key features of events. Children start to understand some of the ways in which we find out about the past and identify different ways in which it is represented. We focus on four key areas:
Changes that have happened within living memory;
The lives of significant individuals in Britain's past who have contributed to our nation's achievements;
Key events in the past that are significant nationally and globally, particularly those that coincide with festivals or other events that are commemorated throughout the year;
Significant historical events, people and places in their own locality.
We believe the importance of teaching children RE is fundamental to society at large and shaping the future. The teaching of RE embodies respect for the law and the principles of freedom, responsibility and fairness. The RE curriculum at the school focuses primarily on the Christian faith but considered efforts are made to ensure our children also receive a broad and balanced view of other faiths including Judaism and Islam. We understand that at this young age pupils begin to make sense of the world based on their own experiences. Therefore, we ensure the religious and personal beliefs of our pupils are reflected in our teaching. We have formed links with the wider community and invite guest speakers into the school as well as visiting local places of worship. We place a significant emphasis on not only learning about religion but also deriving moral and spiritual values from religion. We adhere to the Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education in Buckinghamshire and take a thematic approach by exploring: special occasions, special stories, special places and special people.