The study of Humanities aims encourages the children to have an awareness of time and place. In KS 1 activities mainly concentrate on the local environment, family life and famous events and people from long ago. This may include a school visit or in the case of a local study, walks out in the area to explore the environment. A variety of skills are explored, looking at artefacts, investigating historical evidence to discover how people used to live, and researching information. In KS 2 activities widen from the local to national and worldwide localities
We are currently developing these areas of the curriculum to be in line with the aims of the new National Curriculum.
In history we aim to ensure that all pupils:
- know and understand the history of our country: how people’s lives have shaped this nation and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world
- know and understand significant aspects of the history of the wider world: ancient civilizations; the expansion and dissolution of empires; characteristic features of past non-European societies; achievements and follies of mankind
- understand key terms such as ‘empire’, ‘civilization’, ‘parliament’ and ‘peasantry’
- understand historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance.
- understand the methods of historical enquiry
- gain historical perspective