Maltman's Green School, Maltmans Lane, Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire SL9 8RR
Excellence with a sense of fun!

Curriculum | Humanities and Languages

History

In History, we create a stimulating and fun environment where pupils can gain an understanding of the past in relation to themselves, their families, their community and the wider world. By learning about their heritage we can help our girls make better sense of their changing world. Visits are made to places of historical interest, such as Hampton Court Palace, and the girls participate in exciting workshops at school, such as Roman and Egyptian Day, further bringing their study of History to life.

Geography

The aim of Geography is to teach an understanding of our global location, natural environment and how people affect and change it. Through fieldwork in our Forest School, day trips and residential activities, qualified tutors guide the girls' interest in coasts, geology, freshwater ecosystems and biodiversity. To further enhance learning, visiting speakers come to talk to girls about their personal experiences in different parts of the world. Looking at global responsibility and citizenship, we work to draw on the girls’ own experiences, leading them to become more aware of the world around them and our potential impact on our environment.

Religious Education

All major world religions are studied and debated. We encourage the girls not only to learn about, but also to learn from religions, reflecting on their own thoughts, beliefs and opinions. The girls develop their own ideas about critical issues and understand the importance of these in the lives of others.

Languages

At Maltman’s Green, we teach French as a Modern Foreign Language (MFL) to all children from the age of two as part of the school curriculum. Early exposure to languages at a young age has many benefits including improving problem-solving skills and creative thinking. Games, songs and role-play encourage the girls to try new techniques, mimic sounds and speak without inhibition. Our pupils reach a high standard in all four areas: Listening and Responding; Reading; Writing; and Speaking. By the time they move on to their senior school their confidence in French gives them a distinct advantage.

Our language learning is inclusive and enjoyable for all. The curriculum encompasses learning about French life and culture. We encourage our girls to take control of their own learning and to share their experiences and knowledge gained from holidays in French speaking countries. An annual trip to France for Year 6 ensures the pupils have real-life experiences to extend their conversational French, including a trip to the market and meeting their French pen-pals.

We enrich our MFL opportunities further for our girls by offering Spanish, German, Italian and Mandarin as additional subjects. These are taught in small groups, or on an individual basis, through our extensive extra-curricular programme.