Our Humanities curriculum is taught through our in-depth cross curricular topics. These topics are chosen to ensure that there is a broad balance of humanities subjects taught each term in school – for example one topic may have a Historical theme (such as Nurturing Nurses), and the next may have a Geographical theme (such as Marvellous Maps).
The National Curriculum entitlement is delivered through the topics, and the topics have been aligned to ensure that they build on previous learning.
This approach means that the children make many links in their learning between subjects and therefore have a deeper understanding of the subjects studied.
How often should it be taught and for how long?
Topics last either half a term or a term, or less for children in Reception. There will be at least three topic lessons per week, and this will be increased if the English work is planned around a relevant text.
How do you ensure a progression of knowledge, Skills and understanding in the separate subjects?
Each subject in the National Curriculum programmes of study have their own objectives and age related expectations. The teachers use these to plan the lessons. Children still have stand alone lessons - for example an art lesson or a music lesson relating to the topic, but focusing on specific skills for the year group from the National Curriculum. Progression maps are used by the teachers to ensure that the children develop skills over time.
How is Humanities assessed?
Teachers assess the children against the learning objectives for the lesson, which are taken from the National Curriculum schemes of work or the Early Years Foundations Stage curriculum. End of year reports to parents indicate how the children have progressed against age related expectations in each subject.
How does Humanities link to other subjects including PSHE?
This is intrinsically linked through our topic work. Our PSHE curriculum also supports some of the themes the children come across in Humanities, such as changes through time.
How you will see this policy in action:
The children will be able to articulate the topic they are studying. Their curriculum for the term/half term will be designed around this topic. The children will be enthusiastic about their learning and will understand where various subjects fit into the topic as a whole – for example studying Intrepid Explorers links music from other cultures, building boats in DT, countries of the UK in Geography and significant people in History.