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“Humanities at Airthrie is always exciting” say pupils at Airthrie.

All pupils at Airthrie have the opportunity to study Geography and History through Key Stage 1 and 2. Airthrie’s location makes it a great place to explore the vibrant history of Cheltenham Spa as well as its interesting geography on the edge of the Cotswolds and its proximity to the Forest of Dean (which is explored in detail in Year 5).

In Key Stage 1, the children learn through cross curricular themes including the dramatic enquiry-based approach to learning known as ‘The Mantle of the Expert’ where the children are the ‘experts’ and are given an investigation to explore. The classroom becomes a bigger place and a wider world. The work is fun and purposeful for them.

The Geography Curriculum at Airthrie School is designed to inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people. They develop knowledge of globally significant places and learn about the processes which give rise to key physical and human geographical features of the world.

Pupils collect and analyse data gathered through experiences of fieldwork that deepen their understanding of geographical processes. Fieldwork takes place in the local area, making use of The River Chelt and the Forest of Dean. They also learn to interpret geographical sources such as maps, diagrams, globes, aerial photographs and Geographical Information Systems.

The aim is to explore world geography in a fun and challenging way, whether it is visiting our local area, studying rivers or exploding their own volcanoes! In Year 6 all pupils are encouraged to attend a long-weekend visit to Osmington Bay in Dorset where they can explore a coastal area while having a lot of fun.

In History lessons the pupils at Airthrie are encouraged to think for themselves and to draw conclusions from evidence. They are taught that History is a problem-solving subject and all pupils are active learners in History. Pupils are encouraged to use a wide variety of rich resources, to take risks and to undertake independent research in the upper key stage.

Our topics follow those outlined in the New National Curriculum and are taught by keen historians noting connections, contrasts and trends across time and place.

We use both whole-class and small group teaching and include opportunities for enquiry-based research activities and environmental study.

History is brought alive for the pupils by visits to numerous sites of historical importance - Cirencester, Caerleon, the GWR, Stratford-upon-Avon, @Bristol and the Forest of Dean, to name but a few.