Geography and history are taught mainly through topic work. Research and field trips form an important part of children’s learning. The area surrounding the school is a rich source of historical and geographical interest and the children study the local area in depth before studying other areas and different countries.
All topics are supported by visits to places of interest or visitors who are invited into school. For example in KS1 children visit the art gallery and Kirkstall Abbey Museum and in KS2 children visit a Viking village (and dress as Vikings) and the Victorian Schoolroom at Armley Mills (where they dress as Victorians).
As well as teaching the skills of learning associated with these subjects, the teachers link the themes to other areas of the curriculum – for example English