Humanities

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 history curriculum is designed to promote chronological understanding. Chronological understanding is central to an understanding of history and our expectation is that, as pupils move into Key Stage 2, they will be able to place events, people and changes into correct periods of time as well as use dates and vocabulary appropriately and with accuracy.

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. 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.

Each year group in the school explores and learns about a different religion. 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.

William Tyndale – Humanities Curriculum 2018

 

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History

Geography

Suggested Trips / Visitors

Nursery

 

Festivals and Celebrations

 

RRS/ UNCRC

 

Children’s own time lines:

  • Comparing how we were when we were babies to how we are now

  • History of the year in profile books

  • Daily routines and visual time tables

  • Language (first, next, finally)

  • Talking about what we did in the holidays

  • Calendar countdowns for holidays

  • Transition into Reception

 

 

UK Focus

  • Where we live

  • Where different kinds of animals live (minibeasts, wild animals, farm animals

Physical Geography

 

  • Looking at different kinds of physical geographical features through traditional tales (bridges, rivers, forests, mud, caves) 

 

  • Global Goals

New River Walk

Islington Ecology Centre

 Visit from a petting zoo

 Picnic in the park

 Parent Speakers for different festivals (Hanukah, Chinese New Year, Eid)

Reception

 

Festivals and Celebrations

 

RRS/ UNCRC

 

 

Children’s own time lines:

  • History of the year in profile books

  • Daily routines, time sequences and visual time tables

  • Language (first, next, then, after that)

  • Talking about what we did in the holidays

  • Calendar countdowns for holidays

  • Transition into Year 1

 

Pirates:

Linked with water topic

UK Focus

  • Where we live

  • Bodies of water

  • Local farm

Physical Geography

  • Water (pond, rivers and seaside comparison)

  • Farm/countryside and city comparison

  • Global Goals

Freightliners Farm

London Zoo – Water Animals

London Aquarium – Water

New River Walk

Parent Speakers for different festivals (Hanukah, Chinese New Year, Eid)

Year 1

 

Caring for myself and others

 

Festivals and Celebrations

 

RRS/ UNCRC

 

 

Children’s own time lines:

  • Birthdays

  • Daily routines, time sequences and visual time tables

  • Language about time

  • Talking about what we did in the holidays

  • Calendar countdowns for holidays

  • Learning about how to tell the time

  • Transition into Year 2

Toys old and new:

  • Comparing toys we had when were babies and toys we have now

  • Looking at Grandparents lives and toys from the past and present

 

Islington old and new:

  • Comparing the high street and homes from the past and present

UK Focus

  • Islington

 

 

Physical Geography

  • Local features on maps

  • Homes around the world

  • Global Goals

V&A Museum of Childhood – History of Toys

Geffrye Museum – Homes old and new

 Islington High Street – Sketching Town Hall

 Islington Museum - Islington past and present; toys and games

Grandparents to talk about old and new toys

Parent Speakers for different festivals (Hanukah, Chinese New Year, Eid)

Year 2

Christianity

  • Bible stories

  • Churches

  • Christmas

  • Easter

  • History of celebrations

  • Stained glass window patterns

 

RRS/ UNCRC

 

Romans (47 – 408 D)

 

Celts (400BC – 400AD)

 

Anglo Saxons (400AD-760AD)

 

Vikings (700AD-1066AD)

 

  • Invasion of Britain

  • Lifestyle

  • Soldiers and Army

  • Buildings

  • Contributions to life today

 

UK Focus:

  • UK landmarks and physical features

 

Physical Geography:

  • Continents

  • Countries

  • Oceans

  • Exploring with Barnaby Bear

  • Global Goals

Guildhall Museum – Roman amphitheatre

 Museum of London – Romans

 St. Paul’s – Christianity

Westminster Abbey – Christianity

 Local Churches

 Islington Museum - Romans, Anglo Saxons

 Parent speakers; local Vicar for different Christian festivals

Year 3

Islam

  • Festivals

  • The five pillars

  • Mosques

  • Ways of worship

  • The Qur’an

 

RRS/ UNCRC

 

 

History of local area:

  • Aspects of the local area that have changed: education, population movement, housing, religion, treatment of the poor and sick, law and order, sport and leisure

 

Normans (1066 – 1154)

  • Battle of Hastings

  • Knights

  • Castles

 

Middle Ages (1154 – 1485)

  • Magna Carta

  • Black Death

UK and World Focus:

  • Comparing London to Rio

Physical Geography:

  • Mountains

  • Global Goals

 

 

Museum of London – Medieval London

 Tower of London – Norman conquest

 British Library – Magna Carta

 V&A – Islamic artefacts

 London Central Mosque

 Parent speaker; Imam from London Central Mosque

 

Year 4

Hinduism

  • Hindu gods

  • Religious stories

  • Rangoli art

  • Temples

  • Ways of worship

 

RRS/ UNCRC

 

Tudors (1485 – 1603):

  • Henry VIII

  • Henry’s wives

  • Elizabeth 1st,

  • The Spanish Armada

  • William Shakespeare

  • Christopher Columbus

  • Children

  • Rich and poor

  • Battle of Bosworth

  • War of the Roses

 

Abolition of slave trade (17th – 19th century):

  • Slavery

  • Racism

  • Trade routes

  • Colonialism

  • RRS/ UNCRC

World Focus:

  • Africa

 

 

Physical Geography:

  • Climate zones

  • Biomes

  • Vegetation belts

 

  • Global Goals

Neasden Hindu Temple

Islington Museum – Tudors of Isledon

Kenwood House – Slave trade

Docklands Museum – Slave trade

British Museum – African Galleries

London Metropolitan Archives - Tudors

National Portrait Gallery – Tudors

Tower of London – Tudors

V&A – Hindu artefacts

Speaker from local temple

Year 5

Buddhism

  • Origins

  • Beliefs

  • Artefacts

  • The Truths

  • Temples

  • Meditation

  • Art

 

RRS/ UNCRC

 

Victorians (1837 - 1901):

  • Queen Victorian

  • Industrial revolution

  • Technology and Innovation (Lister, Edison, Graham Bell, Lewis Carroll)

  • William Morris

  • Charles Dickens

  • Women’s Rights RRS/ UNCRC

 

 

 

World Focus:

  • Japan

  • China

 

Physical Geography:

  • Contrasting climates – rainforest, desert, Antarctica

 

  • Global Goals

William Morris Museum

Charles Dickens Museum

Science Museum

Glasshouse at the Barbican – Rainforests

 Kew Gardens – Rainforests / deserts

V&A – Buddhist artifacts

Ragged School Museum – Victorian School life

Islington Museum – Victorian life

North London Buddhist Centre

Parent speaker; speaker from Bodhi Tree Education

Year 6

Judaism

  • Prayer

  • Worship

  • Symbols

  • Community

  • Rites of passage

  • Principles for living

  • Journey and pilgrimage

  • Synagogues

  • Art

 

RRS/ UNCRC

 

World War 1 (1914-1918)

 

World War 2 (1939 – 1945)

 

  • Putting WW2 in context, by looking at WW1.

  • Impact of the Second World War

  • Impact of social and technological change

  • UNCRC / RRS

World Focus:

  • Countries with large Jewish Populations

 

Physical Geography:

  • Water and rivers

 

  • Global Goals

Cabinet War Rooms

Imperial War Museum

HMS Belfast

Islington Ecology Centre

Camley Street Natural Park

Thames Barrier

Islington Museum – WW2 in Islington; secret rivers of Islington

Jewish Museum

Local synagogue

Estorick Collection

Parent speakers; Rabbi from local synagogue

As part of the Humanities Curriculum children are learning about the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Global Goals. Children are beginning to see themselves as rights respecting global citizens and advocates for fairness and children’s rights, both locally and globally.