History and Geography - Key Drivers Of Enquiry Learning
Central to our ethos of Enquiry Learning lies the deep-seated belief that children can only contribute positively to the future if they have a secure sense of identity and belonging, understand the implications of human activity on the environment, and appreciate that mankind can learn from mistakes made in the past. For this reason, we deploy the Humanities - History and Geography specifically - as potent drivers for our Enquiry Curriculum.
Each term, our 'Big Question' hinges on the exploration of a key historical or geographical theme. Over the sequence of learning opportunities, we aim to capture a snapshot of pupils' knowledge and understanding as a starting point for developing questioning, thinking and reflection. Often, we begin with familiar ideas which resonate closely with a pupils' personal experience in order to make learning tangible. This is usually in the form of a full 'Immersion Day' where children 'live' experiences and examine evidence first hand. By the end of an Enquiry, we aim to have facilitated wider learning so that children have a more global understanding of the concepts being explored. This is rather like the ripples in a pond, moving out from the child at the centre - to the wider reaches of a developing global identity.
At the end of each term, children reflect on the journey of their learning and are regularly 'moved' to respond to a global issue through a performance, a piece of writing with a purpose (often a letter) or by hosting a fundraising event. It is this 'citizenship in action' which demonstrates the extent of their commitment to their learning in History and Geography - subjects which have been made real for them through Enquiry.