The subject area of Humanities incorporates both History and Geography.
The study of History provides opportunities for the pupils to experience and, where appropriate, to develop some understanding of events and people of different times and places. It enriches the curriculum by offering the pupils to be actively involved in exploring the world around them. This is achieved through exploring and handling artefacts, visiting museums, stories, books, photos and through practical craft like activities linked to particular topics.
The study of Geography allows the pupils to explore, experience and develop an understanding of such areas as their local environment, e.g. their school, local shops, the weather, jobs, water, maps, directions and exploring the differences between the country and the town. In the senior school pupils are involved in activities with other schools. Some of our pupils have visited a school in South Africa, with whom they made links.
Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1 – For the pupils in the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1, the teaching of Humanities is largely based on an Early Years approach where aspects of History and Geography are incorporated in with the New Curriculum under the broad heading of ‘Knowledge & Understanding’.
Key Stage 2 – In Key Stage 2, Humanities is taught through a topic based approach. A rolling programme of topics ensures that all the main themes within the History and Geography elements of the National Curriculum are covered during the four years in key stage 2.
Key Stage 3 – In Key Stage 3 Humanities is taught as part of an overarching, theme-based approach. Teachers ensure that KS3 students learn about history and geography topics on local and personal levels as well as national and international levels. For example, students learn about their local area, directions and their own family as well as significant historical figures and events, the UK and the wider world. Tying these topics and areas together as part of an overall theme allows our teachers to personalise the learning to match the students’ needs and interests, and allows our students to make connections within their learning.
Key Stage 4 – In Key Stages 4 Humanities is embedded throughout the curriculum to ensure that learning is meaningful and prepares students for adulthood. Students will encounter knowledge about places, cultures and significant events in various sessions including their English and reading sessions, as part of cookery and life skills sessions as well as PSHE sessions.
FE – In FE, Humanities is delivered through a range of enrichment activities linked to student’s personalised learning programmes and the Preparing for Adulthood curriculum. Students will learn about cultural diversity through a range of different activities and experiences. They will also take part in citizenship projects.