At Thorngrove we teach Geography, History and Religious Education in Humanities.
The world is so much more accessible thanks to the marvel of modern technology and teaching. With the use of interactive whiteboards, as well as access to the ICT suite and internet, our pupils are able to experience Geography in a whole new way that allows them to have a greater understanding of our diverse and fascinating planet. A strong emphasis is placed upon the interpretative reading and understanding of maps, as well as extension in the learning of global locations. Course work is encouraged to be as practical as possible with several outings being organised throughout the year and finally culminating in a Year 8 field trip to Dorset. Global issues and current affairs that occur on a daily basis are fully incorporated into lessons providing our children with a rich and perceptive insight into the world around them.
History is a fascinating subject, full of interesting people, places, events and colourful stories about the lives of others before us. It is our belief at Thorngrove that the lives’ of everyone who studies the past will be enriched for knowing about the influences that have shaped and made them the people they are. Knowing about the past is a rewarding and fruitful study, which offers a window on different times and places, and where people lived much different lives to our own. Sharing our heritage is essential to the education of every child if we are to develop our pupils into mature considerate adults, capable of forming their own opinions and making decisions about their life with confidence and understanding.
The main aims of Religious Education at Thorngrove School are to educate and interest the children in religious and moral matters and to prepare them for the Common Entrance Examination. Reflecting the proportions of religious allegiance at the school and in the country as a whole, the curriculum is mainly about Christianity, but during their time at Thorngrove children will study other religions too, for example, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism. This gives them a wide knowledge of different religious beliefs and ways of worshipping. It is recognised that Religious Education has an important role to play not only in the spiritual and ethical development of children but also in their personal, social and cultural development. The children also attend a religious assembly once a week where hymns are sung and a reading from the Bible is read by a member of Year 8.