Our children learn about a variety of places and the communities that live within them. They learn about the processes and consequences of change in different environments and begin to understand what ‘global citizenship’ means.
Opportunities are planned to enable children to acquire the geographical skills and knowledge needed to understand places and themes, for example through map work at different scales, and by conducting practical activities such as using compasses.
At Forestdale we aim to encourage children to develop their knowledge and understanding of where places are located within the world and what they are like, including an appreciation and understanding of inhabitants and lifestyles. We also aim to stimulate their interest and curiosity about their own local surroundings.
We have many Geography focussed learning visits where children have the opportunity to experience and to learn about a different environment.
Year 3 trip to Croydon Clock tower to learn about Chinese New Year
At Forestdale, children enjoy different history based topics each year, ranging from Rome to Vikings and World War II. We make every effort to develop meaningful links between subjects, with English and Maths often taught within a cross curricular context.
Year 3 made Stone Age houses as part of their maths work on perimeter
Through our links with Croydon Clock Tower we are able to immerse the children in their topics by allowing them to have hands on experience with reproduction and real artefacts.
To reinforce their learning, all children benefit from visiting places of historical interest, including The Museum of London, The British Museum, The V and A Museum of Childhood and The London Guildhall Amphitheatre.
Year 4 at Crofton Roman Villa
Forestdale is a culturally diverse school representing different cultures, faith groups and nationalities.
Our children have access to a rich Religious Education where we aim to ensure the spiritual, moral, cultural, social, mental and physical development of our pupils. RE is taught each week and children learn about different faiths or religious themes.
The effect of having all classes deeply engaged in studying different world religions at the same time is the creation of a microcosm promoting tolerance and respect for all, a core British Value.
We follow the Croydon Agreed Syllabus for RE.
We celebrate Religious festivals throughout the year and invite visitors from faith communities to lead assemblies. Classes also visit different places of worship.
Year 4 visit the Buddhapadipa temple, Wimbledon
In Early Years, RE is embedded throughout the curriculum and takes the form of role play, sharing stories and celebrating festivals. In Key Stage 1, children learn about Christianity, Islam, Judaism and Hinduism, as well as other topics such as Weddings, places of worship and prayer.
In Key Stage 2, children build on the knowledge acquired from the religions learnt in Key Stage 1, as well as being introduced to Buddhism and Sikhism.
Parents have the right to withdraw their children from religious assemblies. Any parent wishing to exercise this right must make a request in writing to the head teacher.
Year 1 –Making Torah Scrolls
Modern Foreign Languages
Forestdale has chosen French as its modern foreign language. Children from reception up to year 6 learn to develop their linguistic skills in a fun and enjoyable way.
Each French lesson uses a variety of techniques to encourage the children to have an active engagement with French, and to develop a positive approach to languages.
Forestdale’s French curriculum is in line with the new National Curriculum and is adapted to each class topic to ensure children learn French in a meaningful context.
Forestdale also offers the opportunity to join Spanish and/or Chinese club which provide an in-sight into different languages and lifestyles.
Spanish after school club