Our intention in Humanities is to encourage and assist all children to develop critical understanding of and respect for the environment and world in which they live, and a sense of time and awareness of change. Children begin to understand that what happens and has happened in the world has an impact on their own lives.
Most of the Humanities Curriculum is taught through cross-curricular topics that ensure coverage of the National Curriculum objectives with a particular focus on skills. Oracy is a key focus within the Humanities curriculum, to develop Literacy skills across the curriculum and to establish pupils as eloquent and reflective historians/ geographers. Topics are reviewed on a yearly basis to ensure relevance for the current cohort, and to encourage reflective practise. There is no set formula for the humanities curriculum, and there is flexibility in the long term plan to reflect the needs and cultural capital of the pupils.
A range of sources are used to develop pupils understanding and knowledge. The use of maps, photographs, portraits, artefacts, written materials, ICT based materials, data and TV/film extracts supports and enhance the learning for our pupils. Fieldwork and visits are a purposeful and integral part of the curriculum, and enable the children to embed their History and Geography learning within the context of their own lives and their own localities. Through this children develop a sense of self and of their place in the world, and their role as a global citizen. Examples include trips to Watermead Park, Warwick Castle and planned visits from the Fire Brigade, Ambulance Service and our local PSCO.
Pupils work in a variety of contexts – individually, in groups and as a class. They present their knowledge and understanding in a variety of ways (for example, through drama, debate and various writing styles).
Geography helps our children to develop a curiosity and understanding of other places, the people who live in them and their cultures. Our children will become aware of their own surroundings and consider the similarities and difference with other places locally and in the wider world. We aim to inspire children to have a curiosity and fascination with the world and its people that will stay with them for all of their lives.