Humanities

HISTORY and GEOGRAPHY

A broad range of History and Geography topics are taught through Key Stages One and Two based on the Core Knowledge UK programme developed by the charity, Civitas.  This is a knowledge-based programme of study and accompanying activities that aim  to develop a sequence of subject matter that will give a year-by-year progression of the fundamentals of an outstanding education.  More information about the programme of study can be viewed here.  Our aim is that pupils are equipped with a solid foundation of enduring knowledge and skills in preparation for secondary education and beyond, in a competitive and fast-changing world.

 

In History, British History is studied in sequence from the Stone age, through medieval times up to the Victorian age alongside topics that are important in world History such as the Greeks, the growth of the Roman Empire, the French Revolution and the American War of Independence. A mixture of original and secondary sources are investigated and, where appropriate, artefacts are studied and examined.  

 

In Geography, pupils will start to investigate the world around them in Early Years and move on to considering the wider world as they move through Key Stage One.  Children will also start to understand climate and the impact of climate on weather patters.  Throughout Key Stage Two, pupils will study parts of the UK in depth together with world geography, encompassing Europe, the Americas, Africa, Asia and Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific.  in addition, the children are also given the opportunity to investigate topics such as rivers, mountains and explorers. A range of maps, globs and atlases will be used to reinforce geographical skills.

School trips are frequently based around topics that children are studying in the Humanities. In recent years, this has included trips to Chester to investigate the Roman settlements, trips to the International Slavery Museum in Liverpool in relation to the study of the slave trade both in the UK and the Americas and trips to investigate the local area.