“The more you know about the past, the better prepared you are for the future.”

Theodore Roosevelt

“Geography explains the past, illuminates the present and prepares us for the future. What could be more important than that?”

Michael Palin 2007

At Oakfield we believe it is important for children to understand their place in the world and to have an awareness of their past in order to shape their visions of the future. A cross curricular approach to the Humanities inspires children’s imagination.

Through the study of History, children make sense of their world and enrich their understanding of it. We believe it is a tool of learning and communication and that skills developed through the study of History are applicable in everyday life. It fires curiosity about the past in Britain and the wider world. It connects Britain’s past with the present and the future, giving a deeper understanding of themselves and others and a sense of belonging.

Through the study of Geography, children learn about places, the human and physical processes which shape them and the people who live in them, from the local to the global. Skills developed through Geography help pupils make sense of their surroundings and the wider world and equip them with important skills needed for future travel and exploration. It can inspire them to think about their own place in the world, values, their rights and responsibilities to other people and the environment. It enables them to understand how today’s actions shape the future.