Our Humanities curriculum aims to inspire a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people. Lessons equip pupils with the skills to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence and develop a rounded perspective and judgement.
Our goal for History education is that children gain an increasingly mature and informed historical perspective on their world, by developing:
strong understanding of chronology and historical terms;
historical enquiry skills and understanding of the importance of historical sources as evidence; and
knowledge of the characteristics of and developments during different time periods.
We believe that an understanding of chronology is essential in the development of a secure knowledge of history. Children learn about history topics through the lens of key historical concepts such as: continuity and change; cause and consequence; similarities and differences and significance.
From our experience, we know that Year 1 children require topics linked to their lives and so we begin our history teaching by investigating timelines that 5 and 6 year olds will understand and teaching appropriate vocabulary. They continue with the familiar by learning about Homes: Past and Present. This topic is taught in partnership with the Museum of the Home (formerly the Geffrye Museum) through a series of immersive sessions with object handling, following objects through time, creative projects and character led sessions.
In Year 2, we build on the learning about timelines and vocabulary about the past when teaching the topic of the Romans in Britain. From then on, the curriculum has a chronological basis, so that children build on their prior learning to learn about the next significant period of British history. In Year 3 they study Medieval Times, Year 4 the Tudors period, Year 5 the Victorians and in Year 6 WW1 and WW2. All of these topics start with exciting, immersive and inspiring full day workshops with Portals to the Past, a charismatic team of performing historians who are passionate about their subjects. Children also take part in experiential visits to museums and galleries including: Museum of London, the Museum of the Home, the Tower of London, Sutton House, the National Portrait Gallery, Hampton Court Palace, the Ragged School Museum, Florence Nightingale Museum, the William Morris Gallery, Charles Dicken Museum, the Imperial War Museum, the Jewish Museum, Islington Museum and the Churchill War Rooms.
Our goal for Geography education is that children develop knowledge and curiosity about the physical and human characteristics of the world, by developing:
knowledge of diverse places, people, resources, spaces and environments;
understanding of the processes that cause and change the human and physical features of the world; and
geographical enquiry skills.
Geography lessons 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, fieldwork and map skills. As the children progress through the school, their knowledge about the world will help them to expand their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments and the Global Goals. All children from Nursery to Year 6 also take part in whole school initiatives such as: Fairtrade Fortnight, Wonderful World Week, Flag Bees and Capital City Bees.
Our goal for RE education is for children to gain an increasingly sophisticated understanding of the basis and impact of the world’s major religions, beliefs and worldviews, by:
Engaging with the questions that religions and worldviews address;
Appreciating and appraising what different people believe; and
Developing their own ideas and responses, based on a strong sense of morality and an understanding of human rights.
Each year group in the school explores and learns about a different religion as well as learning about festivals and celebrations throughout the year in class, though assemblies, talks by religious speakers and visit a range of places of worship. Through R.E. lessons, we foster a reflective approach to learning. We encourage open and honest enquiry, awareness of prejudice, and a growing self-awareness, understanding and respecting the rights of others to hold different beliefs. We also make direct links and connections with the United Nations Conventions on the Rights of the Child and British Values.
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