"Not only do teachers expand pupils' knowledge and understanding of what is covered in the lesson and beyond, but they also add to pupils' interest and enthusiasm."
Humanities is the name given to History, Geography and RE, and forms a major part of our topic work each term. Each class focusses on three different topics over the year, covering History themes ranging from the Eqyptians to The Battle of Britain and aspects of Geography covering everything from the local area to Brazillian rainforests. We also learn about key world religions and important festivals throughout the year, following the Hertfordshire RE curriculum (available here).
To help us implement the National Curriculum, we've written a new topic map for Years 1-6, which you can read here.
What we've been doing this term
- Year 5 and 6 learnt what it was like to live through the Second World War. They began by placing this period on a timeline, recognising how all the historical periods that they have learnt about (from the Stone Age, through Greeks, Romans and Tudors, to the present day) fit together. They then used first-hand accounts, images and texts from the time to help them to understand how the War affected everyday life, learning about evacuation, the Blitz and rationing. They also tried to put themselves in the position of families in wartime, scripting conversations between parents and children who were about to be evacuated, and writing diary entries for evacuees... [ read more ]
- Year 2 visited the Church of St Andrew and St George to learn about the Christian story of Christmas. The afternoon was packed full of arts and craft opportunities and all the children made their own crown and sheep baubles. There were lots of adults dressed up as characters from the Christmas story such as the three wise men and the shepherds, and they let us ask lots of questions and explore different objects such as real gold, frankincense and myrrh.. [ read more ]
- Year 1 went a very, very long way back in history to investigate dinosaurs, and were visited by The Dinosaur Man and his collection of models, fossils and even a dinosaur egg... [ read more ]
- Year 2 have been learning about famous explorers from history, including Christopher Columbus and Ibn Battuta, who both travelled around the world, discovering new places and people. They discovered that the entire world has not always been "known", and that maps of the world looked very different in the past... [ read more ]