We want young people to marvel at the beauty of natural landscapes, to understand why our environments are changing, and to appreciate how their actions can affect others far across the globe. Primarily though we want them to understand their own local areas and, when they travel, to ‘understand’ the places they visit, rather than just passing through. We want children to consider how the past influences the present and how beliefs and cultures influence people’s actions. We want children, through history, to understand more about themselves and as citizens in our society. We learn about all this through our termly topic approach.
Humanities is assessed by staff using formative assessment over the course of a term. Children may record their learning in a variety of mediums including written work, role-play, digital recordings and teachers will assess their understanding throughout the topic.
In Years 1 & 2 the children study a range of historical eras ranging from dinosaurs, to the modern day. Through topics such as ‘Dinosaur Planet', 'Towers, Tunnels and Turrets' and 'Street Detectives', children are able to explore and compare a range of different time periods . Children will also develop their skills of comparison by contrasting their own location with another from the wider world and develop language and understanding related to human geography such as town, country, village.
In Years 3 and 4 topics include 'Tremors', 'Tribal Tales', 'Traders and Raiders', 'Road Trip USA' and ' Urban Pioneers' where children learn about humanities through a range of visitors to the school and practical activities out of school.
Years 5 and 6 topics include a study about World Wars in 'Child's War', 'Frozen Kingdom', Peasants, Princes and Pestilence' as well as a focused study of 'Pharoahs'. Throughout their topics pupils develop their knowledge of the hierarchies, monarchy, changes in religion which shaped the country and how sea exploration began to expand.