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 closely together and is covered in a range of set Topics, but also in response to areas of pupil interest.

Geography lessons at Wheeler will inspire in children a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people.

Teaching will develop pupils’ knowledge of; their location in the world, globally significant places, key physical and human features and the processes that create them. Pupils will also learn the vocabulary needed to describe and explain these. The use of maps, globes, diagrams, aerial photographs and Geographical Information Systems (GIS) will be embedded in each Topic taught, with opportunities for pupils to interpret the information presented by each.

Over their time at Wheeler, pupils will experience a range of fieldwork opportunities in our local area and further afield. They will use these fieldwork experiences to ask and answer geographical questions and collect data using a range of techniques and instruments. Pupils will analyse this data to deepen their understanding of geographical processes and communicate the information in a variety of ways.

History lessons at Wheeler will inspire children and spark an interest and empathy for events in the past, reasons for them and how they have shaped the thoughts and views of the world today.

Pupils will acquire coherent knowledge and understanding of the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups in the past. They will use this knowledge to analyse how the past has, and is, shaping the world and their lives today.

Pupils will be taught to ask questions, think critically, weigh up the evidence given and develop their own perspective and judgement.

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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