Understanding the history of Britain, Europe, and to a lesser extent, the world is vital if children are to appreciate the nature of the free and open society they are living in.
Understanding the modern world is very difficult if the past is a closed book, and we believe that the best way to teach children about history is to treat the subject as a chronological narrative. Beginning with the Ancient Egyptians in Year 2, we work through to World War II by the end of Year 6, teaching each period in a manner appropriate to the child's age.
Geography gives us a sense of place in the world.
As children become familiar with globes and atlases, they appreciate both their local environment as well as their relation to the country and continent they inhabit, and the wide world beyond. Geography helps us to understand: why settlements grew up where they did; how the world’s resources are accessed and transported; and what processes shape the world around us. The Faraday approach emphasises human as well as physical geography: the study of the cultures, languages, arts and industries of the many and varied places on earth.
Religious Education aims to enable pupils to develop an understanding of other cultures and lifestyles.
Christian principles form the ethos of Faraday; pupils have an opportunity to focus on these, but also to explore stories and beliefs from a variety of religions such as Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and Sikhism. While NMS schools are broadly Christian, we accept children from all faiths or none.
The curriculum is delivered by enthusiastic teachers using drama, discussions, debates, visits to places of worship and sessions with outside speakers.