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.

History

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.

Topics are linked to high-quality fiction books to enable cross-curricular learning and allow the children to apply their historical learning to their literacy skills.

As a whole school we learn about key events and historical figures on days such as: Remembrance Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Local History and Communities Month. We do not celebrate Black History Month in October, we strive to celebrate Black History throughout the year.

When possible, children also take part in experiential visits (or virtual visits if this is not possible) to museums and galleries including: Museum of London, 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.

Please have a look at our Whole School History Overview for more detail about what is taught in each year group.

Geography

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.

Please have a look at our Whole School Geography Overview for more detail about what is taught in each year group.

RE

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.

Please have a look at our Whole School RE Overview for more detail about what is taught in each year group.

 

For questions about the provision of Humanities at William Tyndale, please contact the subject leader, Daisy Diarra, via parentmessages@williamtyndale.islington.sch.uk