GLF Schools

GLF Schools

GLF Schools was founded in 2012 in order to enable the federation of Glyn School (an academy in 2011) and Danetree Junior School. Together, we began our journey to become a MAT of more than 1000 talented staff working with over 10,000 children in 40 schools across 5 regions in southern England.

History

A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots”

  • Marcus Garvey

This is something at Forge Wood that we firmly believe in.

History is the skeleton in which our Autumn and Summer Projects are built around and through the use of in-depth teacher knowledge, investigative work and high-level questioning and researching, the children become historians within the classroom.

Twice a week, the children passionately delve into the past and we use the “Cornerstones Curriculum” as our guide on our journey. It helps the children explore a range of periods in time; fuels them with an aspiration to want to change the ever evolving world in which we live in, while making them feel accomplished as learners. Our children start off researching themselves and the past they have come from, looking at photographs, videos and hearing real-life recounts. They progress to becoming archaeologists; experimenting and handling real artefacts and investigating lives of the people who changed the country we live in as well as the world.

We welcome our Reception children into our school community through the use of our EYFS History projects to help us get to know them better. As the children progress and flourish through the school, the History learning evolves with them; challenging and encouraging them to improve their knowledge and skills. In Key Stage One we try and open the children’s eyes to the “Movers and Shakers” of the past and explore the lives of trailblazers such as Mary Anning, Joseph Lister and Rosa Parks. When the children move onto Key Stage Two, the Projects take a boarder historical timeline and the children become experts on their Projects, whether that be the Neolithic tribes, Greeks or Maafa. The children also consider how others have changed the Britain that we know today through the Roman conquerors, Norse invaders and through the rationing times of the Britain at war. We also love the odd immersive “Dress-up” day too!

At Forge Wood, the children’s pride and self-confidence are at the heart of all we do - including our History learning. The children have the opportunity to share their work through a range of methods, whether that be presenting their own research, teaching others their findings or creating class books which are included in our School Library. Each week, we host our “WOW” Assembly, where staff and peers get the chance to praise the children’s learning effort for a variety of difference reasons as well as celebrating them personally through our “Values” Assembly. Our Senior Leadership Team are often flooded with requests by adults to have children show the work that they have been so dedicated to. All staff at Forge Wood aspire to inspire our children and to give them the roots to grow.  

“History will judge us by the difference we make in the everyday lives of children” – Nelson Mandela