Learning For Life
At Market Field School all pupils do curriculum courses in History, where we try to make the subject adventurous, fun, exciting and educational. We have a practical hands-on approach where we make everything as realistic and as child centred as possible. We include as many videos and images of the work as we can.
Pupils in the primary side of the school participate in trips every third week where the pupils are taken out of the classroom to study History and Geography in the wider community. These include trips to Colchester Castle and Castle Park, Colchester Zoo, Clacton, Mistley, Maldon Splash Park and Wickford. We also take part in the Annual Remembrance day celebrations and have been visited by various Army regiments based in Colchester .We operate a cross curricular approach across all subjects and incorporate history into this. Some classes operate a ‘Barnaby Bear’ approach where pupils can borrow the class teddy bear for the weekend, take it to a special place, take a photo and then talk about it on their return.
At KS3/4 History is taught alongside Geography and RE as ‘Humanities’. Areas of study are taken from the National Curriculum and are tailored to meet the needs of our pupils. Areas of study have included the Victorians, the Second World War, the Industrial Revolution and the Tudors. During each period of study we aim to take the students on an outing so that they can contextualise what they have learnt to a place. Trips have included Audley End House, Mountfitchet Castle, Hollytree’s, the Natural History Museum in London and the Imperial War Museum at Duxford. In Key Stage 4 pupils receive accreditation in Humanities through Gateway Qualifications.
We have well resourced humanities departments throughout the school and use topic loan boxes from Colchester and Ipswich museums to further enhance this provision.