We want the pupils at Twydall to know they can relate their knowledge and skills in care, courtesy, commitment and consideration from each subject to other aspects of the curriculum and to be able to do this confidently.
Our teaching of humanities is built around developing pupil understanding of the ever changing world around them. We aim to educate our pupils on the environment locally, throughout Britain and in the wider world, providing them rich opportunities to deepen their understanding of the Earth’s functions and its developments over time. At Twydall, we strive to give our pupils the knowledge of what has shaped the 21st century through the historic events and significant people that have contributed to this, encouraging pupils to think critically of the ‘why and how’ that has formed life today. We aim to give our pupils the opportunity to think like and develop the skills of young Geographers and Historians, through not only classroom learning by studying primary and secondary sources in history but also building upon research skills and fieldwork opportunities in the local environment. Location knowledge is a key development for our pupils both locally and in the wider world which we provide through memorable opportunities which excite and enthuse them.
We not only want children to gain the knowledge and understanding of the humanities curriculum, but to also ask questions, analyse evidence, think critically and gain judgement on the world around them and it’s constant adaptations, along with the key figures that have added to the circumstances in which built the society they are raised in today and how it shapes their future. With this, we hope that our pupils can build a love for the world around them, understanding what has been and using this to support their knowledge in what is to come.
We are proud to have become part of the TiLF project run by the Geographical Association to develop critical thinking. Teachers are currently engaged in training and research into incorporating critical thinking strategies into their teaching.
The staff has had some fabulous training from Paula Owens on developing critical thinking in lessons. This is a TiLF project delivered by the Geographical Association.
The staff have now begun their action research projects and will feed back in March.
“It is a real joy and privilege working with Twydall. I find the enthusiasm and ethos inspiring. So thank you for being a school with such a fantastic mindset – and great hospitality".
Some of the enriching experiences we provide are:
Whole school trip to Rochester to explore the historic and geographic aspects of the local area.
Whole school trip to the Royal Engineers Museum.
Trips to Kent Life where children experience Victorian school life.
Trips to Dover Castle to experience the castle and the role the tunnels played during the war.
Children have also benefited from fascinating visits to Horton Kirby and Riverside Country Park to give first-hand experience to their learning about rivers.
Several year groups have benefited from local museums coming in to the school providing workshops, allowing the children to handle and experience a wide range of historical artefacts.
We are always looking for ways to make learning more practical and real for our children. To further develop our Geography teaching we have planned a fieldwork week in which the children will explore the local area, develop their mapping skills and have the opportunity to look in some detail at the local land use, local economy and environmental issues.
For our history development we are looking forward to a historical day when we will all have the opportunity to dress up in costumes linked to the time period being studied, and explore life during that era.
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