All children in our school participate in a humanities subject. Early years follow the principles from the EYFS through Understanding of the World.
This year we have incorporated our humanities lessons into our topic work. Many of the exciting topics we will be covering this year are based around humanities such as: Tremors, Towers, Tunnels and Turrets and Traders and Raiders.
One humanities subject is taught every half term, this can be either history or Geography
Children in the Foundation Stage, study History and Geography (Understanding of the World) through a range of fun play based activities and experiences, based on a half termly topic. Understanding of the World is split into two distinct focus areas: People and Communities and The World.
People and communities
As children learn about the world around them they find out about the past through talking to parents, grandparents and friends and they develop an interest in their own story as well as the stories in their family – this is the beginning of developing an understanding of the past and helps them to learn about how other people are different from them, yet share some of the same characteristics and ideas.
Understanding of the world develops as children take notice of everything around them including places and all the things within them such as trees in the natural environment and roads and traffic in the built environment. Finding out about places begins initially when a child learns about their own home and the things nearby, then later as children notice things on journeys to and from home – such as the sequence of the traffic lights or names on street signs. This awareness is extended by visiting places and finding out about different elements of environments in books, on TV and through using other technology. This aspect also focuses on learning about cause and effect and is developed through having conversations with adults and other children about the things they observe.
Key Stage 1 and 2
History and Geography are taught throughout key stage 1 and 2, using the Cornerstones Curriculum which is a creative approach to learning. Each year group will cover 6 topics throughout the year, which are carefully selected to ensure that each child experiences the appropriate range of coverage, skills and objectives expected at their level of learning.
Learning is brought to life by a range of enrichment activities which include visitors to the school, role play activities and trips to places of historical and geographical interest.
Our visits so far this year include: Skinningrove Mining Museum, The Dorman Museum, Raby Castle and Eden Camp.
Please click below to view the government guidelines regarding the teaching of History and Geography in schools: