The aim of teaching Geography at Foxfield School is to help pupils to make sense of the beautiful, complex and dynamically changing world. We aim to stimulate an interest in and a sense of wonder about places. We build on pupils own experiences to investigate at all scales from the personal to the global.

The aims of Geography in our school are:

  • To encourage questioning, investigation and critical thinking about issues affecting the world and people’s lives, for the present and future.

  • To think spatially using maps, visual images and new technologies including geographical information systems to obtain, present and analyse information.

  • To give opportunities for pupils to think about their own place in the world, their values and responsibilities to other people, to the environment and to the sustainability of the planet.

The aim of teaching History at Foxfield School is to stimulate the pupils’ interest and understanding about the lives of people who lived in the past. We teach pupils a sense of chronology and through this they develop a sense of identity and a cultural understanding based on their Historical knowledge. We aim to teach the pupils to value both their own and other people’s culture. We teach our pupils to understand how events in the past have influenced our lives today and we also teach them to investigate these past events and by doing so to develop the skills of enquiry, analysis and interpretation at differing levels. For some of our pupils our aim is to allow pupils to experience how life was in the past and we provide opportunities which are more sensory based. This element of Historical enquiry is also designed to promote enjoyment and it is hoped that the pupils will look forward to their history lessons with enthusiasm.

The aims of History in our school are:
  • To foster an interest in the past and to develop an understanding that enables them to enjoy all that History has to offer

  • To know about significant events in British History and to appreciate how things have changed over time

  • To develop a sense of chronology

  • To understand how Britain is part of a wider European culture and to study some aspects of European History

  • To have some knowledge and understanding of historical development in the wider world

  • To develop the skills of enquiry, investigation and interpretation

  • To experience life in the past and to participate in sensory based experiences