Humanities: History and Geography
At St Andrew’s Primary School we have designed our Humanities curriculum with pupils’ learning at the centre. We recognise that a curriculum has to be broad, balanced and offer pupils opportunities to grow as individuals as well as learners.
Our curriculum is designed to be creative and engaging. We recognise that pupils should be challenged in their schooling; learning from failures and celebrating successes.
We endeavour to link subjects where appropriate across a topic, weaving these into our whole school curriculum planning so that there is progression through the school. Pupils can therefore link their learning and build on existing knowledge to extend and widen their skills, concepts, attitudes and understanding.
We bring the curriculum to life through a wide range of hands-on and ‘real-life’ activities, such as handling historical artefacts or carrying out practical environmental activities in our own grounds or the local area. In addition children have the opportunity to participate in regular trips and themed days to bring topics alive, for example, ‘Greek Day’, ‘Roman Day’ and trips to local museums and exhibitions.
We also use literature to inspire and deepen the understanding of our topics. Our children are taken on adventures back in time and across the world using popular authors like Eva Ibbotson, Homer, Michael Morpurgo and Clive King.