Humanities – curriculum information
Throughout Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 in Humanities, pupils will be involved in investigating a variety of people, places and environments both locally, within the United Kingdom and also in a Global context. History and Geography under the New Curriculum is linked much more closely together and is covered in a range of set Topics, but also in response to areas of pupil interest.
Geographical enquiry is undertaken inside and outside the classrooms and pupils are taught key skills such as; observing and recording, asking geographical questions, analysing evidence and drawing conclusions. These will be used to promote awareness of important Global Environmental issues.
Pupils learn about vocabulary specific to the subject, the use of globes, maps and plans at a range of scales, fieldwork techniques and instruments, and the use of secondary sources of information including aerial photographs.
History is taught within cross curricular topics with clearly identified learning objectives. Pupils will acquire knowledge and understanding about the lives of people in the past, including those of significant men and women. They will gain knowledge about periods of time, including their characteristic features, their social, cultural, religious and ethnic diversity. Pupils will be able to give reasons for, and the impact of historical events. They will analyse the changes that have happened as a result of these events and how they have shaped the world and their lives today.
Chronological understanding is key to the understanding of History and as pupils move through Key Stage 2 they will be expected to be able to place events, people and changes into correct periods of time as well as using dates and appropriate vocabulary.
Local visits and field trips will be promoted and will be used to provide deeper learning opportunities for the children, enabling them to apply the knowledge they have gained.
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