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Understanding the World

Understanding the World at Watlington Primary School


The Understanding the World team leads the following subjects: PSHE, RSHE, Geography, History and RE


At Watlington Primary School we believe that Understanding the World:


  • Is to study people, their behaviour and the environment in which they live.
  • Unites History, Geography and RE to consolidate children’s understanding of and curiosity for the world around them, past and present.
  • Equips children and young people with essential skills for building positive, enjoyable, respectful and non-exploitative relationships how to stay safe both on and offline.





  We believe the children at Watlington Primary School:


  • Engage in a varied, vibrant and up to date PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education) curriculum that is intertwined with our school values in order to empower our children to thrive in 21st century life. 
  • Learn about the emotional, social and physical aspects of growing up, relationships, sex, human sexuality and sexual health.
  • Develop life-skills in weekly PSHE lessons which are fun and relevant for their age group. We follow the 'Jigsaw- The Mindful Approach to PSHE' scheme which is recognised by the PSHE Association to approach important topics in an engaging, age-appropriate and sensitive manner. 
  • Make links across the curriculum through science as well as our PSHE and Jigsaw curriculum.
  • Reflect and act upon our school value in their daily lives as they are embedded in all aspects of our curriculum. We believe centering our school life around our values produces empathetic, resilient and compassionate individuals that are not only proud of themselves but make us proud in the wider community. 



Geography and History


We believe the children at Watlington Primary School:


  • Develop a strong sense of identity and understanding of their future roles and responsibilities in our ever-changing world.
  • Are immersed in fascinating topics which not only engage and inspire, but help to create independent, motivated and committed life-long learners who understand the complexity of people’s lives, are aware of their place in history, prepared for the road ahead and determined to make a difference.
  • Participate in trips and visits that motivate and inspire.
  • Celebrate and reflect on their work through ‘WOW’ events at the end of topics.
  • Relish the opportunity to immerse themselves in topics for example by dressing up as World War Evacuees, or even creating outfits inspired by other countries and cultures.


Religious Education


We believe the children at Watlington Primary School:


  • Acquire knowledge and a deeper understanding of a range of cultures, religions and beliefs, whilst reflecting on their own identity and drawing comparisons.
  • Deepen their life skills by enabling pupils to develop transferable skills such as listening, effective communication and reflection.
  • Create an enriched culture, through participating in opportunities and challenges to develop deeper thinking.
  • Build confidence in a nurturing environment so they are ready to engage in difficult questions; this enables them to thrive as they move up to secondary school and become part of a diverse world.


Welcome to our wonderful school!