Humanities

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Humanities Curriculum

Introduction

History and Geography
History and Geography continue to be delivered through a thematic approach. This approach allows children to make links to History and Geography across the curriculum. Our themes are organized into a two-year rolling programme in Key Stage Two to ensure that all children experience the full breadth of the programmes of study.

History and Geography KS1 and KS2

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HISTORY
GEOGRAPHY

Through our history curriculum, children gain a thorough knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. We aim to inspire children’s curiosity to know more about the past and explore timelines in different ways to develop their understanding of chronology. We seek to give children opportunities for learning outside the classroom through visits and research projects to complete at home. We encourage children to ask perceptive questions, think critically, evaluate evidence and arguments and develop perspective and judgement. Our history curriculum helps children to understand the complexity of people’s lives; changes in society over time and growing social diversity.

The History based units taught throughout the school fully cover the statutory requirements and breadth of the 2014 National Curriculum Programmes of Study.

In Key Stage One, children learn about

  • Changes through the generations (‘Toys’);
  • Events with global or national importance beyond their living memory (‘London’s Burning’);
  • Changes in schools in the last 100 years (‘School Days’);
  • The history of flight, including learning about the contribution made by Sir Frank Whittle (‘Flight’).

In Key Stage Two,we aim to help children to develop a secure understanding of the chronology of British and World History. Children will learn about:

  • Life in Ancient Egypt (‘Tomb Raiders’ – Years 3/4)
  • The Roman Empire and its impact on Britain (‘Roman Rule’ – Years 3/4)
  • Life in Tudor times in our locality (‘The Tudors’ – Years 3/4)
  • Ancient Greece (‘Greece Lightning’ – Years 5/6)
  • The history of space travel (‘Out of This World’ – Years 5/6)v
  • Leisure and Entertainment in the 20th Century (‘Britain at Play’ – Years 5/6)
  • Life in Coventry during World War 2 (‘The Blitz’ – Years 5/6)

Through our Geography curriculum we aim to inspire in children a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people. Children develop knowledge about places, people, the earth’s resources and different environments along with understanding some of the Earth’s physical and human processes including the human impact on the natural environment.

In Key Stage One, children develop knowledge about the world, the United Kingdom and our locality. We aim to begin to develop a rich geographical vocabulary alongside key skills that will provide a solid foundation to their learning. During the units ‘School Days’ and ‘Flight’, children will learn how to locate information on simple maps, globes and aerial photographs and will use simple fieldwork and observational skills to learn about the geography of our local area. In the unit ‘Indian Spice’, children compare and contrast our local area with a city in India.

In Key Stage Two, we aim to deepen and extend children’s geographical knowledge and understanding beyond the local area. Children will explore and research some of the world’s most significant human and physical features. Children will use more advanced map skills and resources to name and locate countries, cities, regions and key topographical features and land use patterns whilst also using more developed fieldwork to observe, measure, record and present geographical features.

Through the units ‘Extreme Survival’ and ‘World Kitchen’ (Year 3/4), and ‘Wild Waters’ and ‘Disaster’ (Year 5/6), children develop their knowledge and understanding of:

  • Physical geography including climate zones, rivers, volcanoes and earthquakes and the water cycle;
  • Human geography including types of settlement and land use, economic activity and the distribution of natural resources including food.