Ruskington Chestnut Street CE Primary School

Humanities

Curriculum - Humanities

What is Humanities? 

Humanities are subjects such as history, geography literature and philosophy that are based on the study of human culture and ideas.

Humanities at Chestnut Street. 

Humanities lessons take place in each year group throughout the school. Humanities is broken down into two curriculum areas- History and Geography.

Through the National curriculum the programmes of study sets out what pupils should be taught throughout the year, and the attainment targets sets out the expected standards of the pupil’s performance.

History

The knowledge, skills and understanding in the programmes of study identify the aspects of history in which the pupils make progress. These are broken down into five areas

  • Chronological understanding
  • Knowledge and understanding of events, people and changes in the past
  • Historical interpretation
  • Historical enquiry
  • Organisation and communication.

These five areas are taught and developed through our school termly topics such as explorers in Year one, Tudor Life, Monarchy and Exploration in Year three and Ancient Civilisations in Year six.

Geography

The knowledge, skills and understanding in the programmes of study identify the aspects of history in which the pupils make progress. These are broken down into four areas

  • Geographical enquiry and skills
  • Knowledge and understanding of places
  • Knowledge and understanding of patterns and processes
  • Knowledge and understanding of environmental change and sustainable development

Again these four area are taught and developed though our school termly topics such as Weather around the world in Year two, India – Contrasting Localities in Year four and Mountains in Year six.

As much as possible when planning the Humanities area of the curriculum we encourage as many cross curricular link as possible, for example the children may be encouraged to write a news article on the changing weather through Literacy or draw simple maps through Maths and Art lessons.