Humanities

Humanities at Christ Church CE Primary School

History

The study of History will help children to gain a clear knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and also that of the wider world.

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 from the earliest times to present day, thinking about how people have shaped this nation and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world
  • to know and understand significant aspects of the history of the wider world: ancient civilisations, the expansion and dissolution of empires; characteristic features of past non-European societies, and achievements and follies of mankind
  • understand key historical terms such as ‘empire’, ‘civilisation’ and ‘parliament’
  • understand a range of historical concepts, for example, continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity and difference and their significance
  • understand different methods of historical enquiry
  • gain a historical perspective

In Key Stage One, children will begin to learn and apply the skills and processes needed for History by asking and answering questions. They will focus on changes to their local environment, family life and famous people and events from a long time ago.

Key Stage Two will build on their prior knowledge and begin to look at worldwide changes over time, by looking at civilisations and empires and how they shaped the world today.

Geography

Geography is an important part of our curriculum. The study of Geography allows children to see the relationship between people and the environment in which they live. Children begin studying their local environment before broadening their outlook to the wider world. A variety of skills will be encouraged through research, studying maps and atlases and practical field work activities.

The aims of our Geography curriculum are in line with the National Curriculum:

  • To develop knowledge about significant places in the world, understanding their physical and human features.
  • How physical and human features relate to each other and change over time.
  • To develop the geographical skills needed to:

o    collect, analyse and communicate data gathered through fieldwork.

o    interpret a range of sources of geographical information, including maps, diagrams, globes, aerial photographs and Geographical Information Systems (GIS)

o    communicate geographical information in a variety of ways, including through creating maps, numerical and quantitative skills and writing at length.

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