History & Geography; outside the Classroom
One of the joys of teaching my subjects is the opportunity they offer to take the subject outside the classroom and bring them to life.
Children learn in a variety of ways and many learn best from the hands-on experience of seeing and handling items connected with the past or by putting into practice skills or theories they have learned in class.
In History, we can visit a museum to see items connected with the past, we can visit an historical site to actually stand where history happened or we can have the opportunity to handle real or replica items and bring us that much closer to the past. At Abercorn we have taken trips to the Toy Museum, Hampton Court Palace, The Imperial War Museum, HMS Victory at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and the battlefields of the First World War at Ypres. Below are some pictures of these.
In Geography, we have taken trips to the River Thames to study the erosion effects of rivers and the dangers of flooding and we have visited the Buckinghamshire countryside to study micro climates in a variety of habitats. We can also study topics such as urban land use patterns, coastal erosion and deposition, and the habitats of insects and wildlife.
However, it’s not just in school that we can continue the learning. This year, 2015, sees some major anniversaries of historical importance and parents can help by continuing their child’s learning outside the classroom by perhaps getting involved with the commemorations. It is the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, it is the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War (VE and VJ Day), it is the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta which forms the basis for many modern democracies and human rights and it is the 600th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt.
For Geography, visits to the coast, the various National Parks of England, and Wales and of course the many varied and wonderful sites of natural beauty around the world are opportunities for children to put what they learn about in class into real-life perspective. Geography issues are always in the news (and the weather!) and earthquakes, environmental issues and even transport policy (HS2) give children the opportunity to link the classroom to the real world.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or would like some more information on any of the above points I’ve raised.
Mr Roberts, firstname.lastname@example.org