Geography is the study of people and places and the interaction between them. It is not merely the ability to memorise the names of places and locate their position on the earth's surface. It consists of knowledge and understanding of concepts and skills, all of which relate to the physical and human environment and the interaction between them. As pupils study Geography, they encounter different societies and cultures and compare them to their own work. This inspires them to think about their own values and their rights and responsibilities to other people and the environment. Therefore, preparing them for adult life in this multicultural and ever changing world.
Aims and objectives
To give children real geographical experiences whenever possible.
Through their work in geography, children learn about their local area, and they compare their life in this area with that in other regions in the United Kingdom and in the rest of the world. They learn how to draw and interpret maps, and they develop the skills of research, investigation, analysis and problem solving.
Through their growing knowledge and understanding of human geography, children gain an appreciation of life in other cultures. Geography teaching also motivates children to find out about the physical world, and enables them to recognise the importance of sustainable development for the future of mankind.
By the end of Key stage 1 Pupils should be able to express a point of view about a place and give reasons for their preference.
By the end of Key stage 2 pupils should be able to identify common physical features occurring on the earth's surface and explain how they are formed. Empathise with different cultures and their way of life and argue for and against key environment issues affecting the world today.
During Key stage 3 children should begin to think globally about their own actions in relation to world issues and explain clearly how and why physical and human geography has developed in the way we see it today.
The objectives of teaching geography in our school are:
1/ To enable children to gain knowledge and understanding of places in the world.
2/ To increase children's knowledge of other cultures and, in so doing, teach a respect and understanding of what it means to be a positive citizen in a multicultural country.
3/ To allow children to learn graphic skills, including how to use, draw and interpret maps.
4/ To enable children to know and understand environmental problems at a local, regional and global level.
5/ To encourage in children a commitment to sustainable development, and an appreciation of what 'global citizenship' means.
Philosophy of the subject
The importance of science. Science stimulates and excites pupils' curiosity about phenomena and events in the world around them. It also satisfies this curiosity with knowledge. Because science links direct practical experience with ideas, it can engage learners at many levels. Scientific method is about developing and evaluating explanations through experimental evidence and modelling. This is a spur to critical and creative thought. Through science, pupils understand how major scientific ideas contribute to technological change – impacting on industry, business and medicine and improving quality of life. Pupils recognise the cultural significance of science and trace its worldwide development. They learn to question and discuss science-based issues that may affect their own lives, the direction of society and the future of the world.
Aims of teaching science
Science teaching should offer opportunities for all children to:
develop knowledge and understanding of important scientific ideas, processes and skills and relate these to everyday experiences
learn about ways of thinking and of finding out about and communicating ideas
explore values and attitudes through science
The expected attainment for pupils at the end of key stage 2 is level 4 but many often attain level 5.
As pupils progress to study the 13+ Common Entrance syllabus the teaching of Science offers opportunities for pupils to:
build on their scientific knowledge and understanding from key stage 2 and make connections between different areas of science
use scientific ideas and models to explain phenomena and events
understand a range of familiar applications of science
think about the advantages and drawbacks of scientific and technological developments and in other contexts, considering the reasons for different opinions
carry out investigations of different types , on their own and in groups, making use of reference sources and evaluating their work
communicate what they did and its significance
learn how scientists work and the importance of experimental evidence in supporting scientific ideas.
The expected attainment for pupils at the end of Year 8 is a good pass at the 13+ Common Entrance exam. A good percentage of pupils get the top grades of either A or B.
Objectives – how to achieve the aims
make accurate observations and measurements
estimate when appropriate
make effective use of laboratory apparatus
understand the need for use of experimental controls
design experiments to answer questions or investigate hypotheses
lessons should be conducted in a secure, supportive and disciplined manner
pupils should have regular homework that has a direct relationship with the course and a clear purpose
tests will be given for independent assessment
pupils should experience a wide variety of activities during a course of study and during a lesson where possible and appropriate.
In the PE depart we aim create a fun, progress and exciting atmosphere, offering a range of sports and activities, including, Rugby, Football, Netball Hockey, Basketball, Volleyball, Badminton, Golf, Athletics, Cricket, Rounders softball, Gymnastics and dance!!!
We are constantly looking to explore new interesting sports whilst, not forgetting the traditional sports which Prep school sport is based.
We aim to help pupils develop the knowledge, skills, attitudes and morals that enable them to respond to the physical challenges of every day.
Physical Education and Games at the very core of school life. Sport contributes fundamentally to the overall education of pupils by helping them to lead full and valuable lives through engaging in purposeful physical activity. It develops physical competence and helps to promote physical and mental development. It also helps to teach pupils through experience, to know about, and value, the benefits of participation in physical activity.
Information Communication Technology
We offer a good taster of ICT – Information Communication and Technologies – to help the children decide which part of IT they are interested in. When the children start to discover this subject we - the teachers - provide the opportunity for them to understand ‘the virtual world’. We show them how to enjoy the benefits of using a computer.
From Foundation to Year 8 they will use various software for their tasks from ‘using mouse’ to buildingtheir own website.
• to assist children to use ICT with purpose and enjoyment
• to help children develop the necessary skills to explore ICT
• to help children to become independent users of ICT
• to help children to evaluate the benefits of ICT and its impact on society
• to meet the requirements of the National Curriculum and beyond;
• to ensure that all children achieve to their potential
• to use ICT to access the wider curriculum
In RCCS all the classrooms have at least one computer and the school also has a fully designed ICT room. The children can use the technologies during subject lessons in the classrooms, which are supported by the ICT lessons. The children are shown the today's modern technology that they will meet later in the real world according to the National Curriculum.
Children will learn how they can use the computer
• To make artistic composition
• To create documents from a letter to a designed brochure
• To calculate complex information in spreadsheets
• To prepare a well planned presentation
• To browse the Internet safely (guarded by web filtering system)
• To think in logical steps to create programs
• To collect information and order it in databases
• To select data to answer queries
• To understand how a computer works and to be able to choose which equipment/software is needed for a task
• To convert and process analogue material (sound, video, picture) and make new valuable digital information