Subject Leader: Miss Tadman
At Meadlands, our intent is to create a high-quality history education which will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. History is an integral part of our teaching here at Meadlands as many of our topics start with a historical theme. From The Tudors (Yr 3 and 4), to World War II (Yr 5 and 6) and 'Heroes of the air - history of flight' (Yr 1 and 2), it is woven into trips we take, workshops, celebrations and assemblies. Being Londoners, our history curriculum is enriched by the wonderful city we live in and we make the most of the galleries and museums both locally and in central London to broaden pupils' knowledge and capture their interests.
At Meadlands, the history curriculum develops pupils’ knowledge of historical periods, events and significant individuals. Pupils learn key facts and concepts alongside skills such as chronological understanding, how to analyse and evaluate historical evidence, how to empathise with people from different eras and how to compare and contrast life in different periods. They are taught specific humanities lessons in afternoon sessions. Typically the children will have lessons on a two to three week rota, so as well as finding out about King Henry VIII, they will be painting Tudor portraits! We also draw on the extensive experience we have available in the school, both from families and staff.
At Meadlands, we deliver a high-quality geography education that inspires pupils to develop fascination and curiosity about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. Pupils' geographical learning starts with the familiar, and slowly builds outwards, from London, to the UK, to Europe, South America and Africa. Their understanding of how their local area fits into the wider world is therefore gradually accrued. Our teaching equips pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes.
As with history, pupils are taught discrete humanities lessons in the afternoons, on a rotational basis. So as well as finding out about the Mexican Day of the Dead, they will also be making models of a Mexican volcano!
In geography, we also draw on the extensive experience and diversity of cultures and languages we have available in the school, both from families and staff. Our annual International Week is a celebration of cultures and communities from around the world. In more recent years, this has been centred around the United Nations sustainable development goals. It is also a great opportunity for our teachers to share their first-hand experiences of supporting schools in Nepal, Ghana, Rwanda, India and Tanzania.