Humanities

Welcome to Humanities

Geography

Through our geographical units of enquiry, we inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. At St Christopher’s we equip pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. As pupils progress, their growing knowledge about the world helps them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments. Geographical knowledge, understanding and skills provide the framework and approaches that explain how the Earth’s features at different scales are shaped, interconnected and change over time. Geography is taught by the pupil’s class teacher in Nursery to Year 6. ur Geography curriculum in Nursery and Reception follows the Understanding the World guidance in the Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage. This involves children being able to make sense of their community through opportunities to find out about people, places and the environment.

Our Geography curriculum in Years 1 to 6 follows the Geography Programmes of Study in the National Curriculum for England 2014. This ensures that all pupils have knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes.

As pupils progress, their growing knowledge about the world should help them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments. Geographical knowledge, understanding and skills provide the frameworks and approaches that explain how the Earth’s features at different scales are shaped, interconnected and change over time.

All year groups at St Christopher’s undertake a unit of work based around a local study in Bahrain. Pupils extend their knowledge and understanding beyond the local area to include the United Kingdom, Bahrain, Europe, North and South America. This includes the location and characteristics of a range of the world’s most significant human and physical features. They develop their use of their geographical knowledge, understanding and skills to enhance their locational and place knowledge.

Humanities units are taught in 1 hour weekly lessons in Year 1 and Year 2, and 90 minutes lessons in Years 3 – 6. Geography and History units of work rotate, once each half term.

Geography has close links with whole school Global Citizenship projects and aims to empower pupils to lead their own action. Along with the knowledge and values that they have gained from learning about global issues, pupils are equipped with the necessary skills to give them the ability and confidence to be pro-active in making a positive difference in the world. Projects culminate in a whole school Global Citizen Day with national costume parade. Parents showcase their country’s culture, clothing, food, music and pastimes through a market style stall.

Trips around the island enhance the curriculum through visits to local forts, handicraft centre, parks and museums.

History

During historical units of study, pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. At St Christopher’s we inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past and equip pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. History topics helps pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time.

History is taught by the pupil’s class teacher in Nursery to Year 6.

Our History curriculum in Nursery and Reception follows the Understanding the World guidance in the Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage. This involves children being able to talk about past and present events in their own lives and in the lives of family members. Our youngest historians develop an early understanding of chronology.

Our History curriculum in Years 1 to 6 follows the History Programmes of Study in the National Curriculum for England 2014. This ensures that all pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. Pupils are inspired to know more about the past. Pupils are encouraged to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. History helps pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time.

Humanities units are taught in 1 hour weekly lessons in Year 1 and Year 2, and 90 minutes lessons in Years 3 – 6. Geography and History units of work rotate, once each half term.

All year groups in Years 1 – 6 have a themed day which reinforces historical concepts learned, bringing them to life. For Year 1 pupils this is a realistic enactment of life for a Victorian schoolboy or girl, for Year 3s a Roman battle and for Year 5s a Tudor banquet.

Trips around the island enhance the curriculum through visits to local forts, handicraft centre, parks and museums.

Aimee Syson
Subject Leader for Humanities (Infant)

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Malcolm Calder
Subject Leader Humanities (Junior)




Last update: 20 January 2016