The humanities curriculum encompasses a range of subjects that focus on History and Geography. The curriculum is designed to foster critical thinking, cultural understanding, and effective communication skills and we enhance this offer through community visits, skills builder days and cultural experiences. Here is an overview of the typical subjects included in the humanities curriculum:
Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS):
- Develop an awareness and understanding of the world around them.
- Begin to ask questions about the past and present.
- Explore different cultures, traditions, and beliefs.
- Develop basic geographical knowledge, such as recognizing different environments and features.
Key Stage 1 (KS1):
- Develop an understanding of chronology by ordering events and objects.
- Explore local and national history, including significant individuals and events.
- Investigate and compare different places, including their physical and human features.
- Begin to understand basic geographical concepts, such as maps, globes, and directions.
Key Stage 2 (KS2):
- Develop a more detailed understanding of historical events, people, and civilizations.
- Study different geographical regions and their characteristics, including climate, landforms, and ecosystems.
- Explore the interconnections between human and physical geography.
- Develop skills to interpret and analyze different sources of information, including maps, photographs, and written texts.
Key Stage 3 (KS3):
- Investigate key periods and themes in history, such as ancient civilizations, world wars, and social changes.
- Study the physical and human geography of different regions in more depth.
- Develop critical thinking skills to evaluate different perspectives and interpretations of historical and geographical events.
- Analyze the relationships between people, places, and environments.
Key Stage 4 (KS4):
- Develop a more detailed knowledge and understanding of specific historical periods or themes.
- Investigate global issues and challenges from a geographical perspective.
- Develop research skills, including the ability to gather, analyze, and present information.
- Explore the impact of human activities on the environment and society.
Key Stage 5 (KS5):
- Study history, geography, or religious education in greater depth and specialization.
- Conduct independent research projects on specific topics of interest.
- Analyze complex historical and geographical issues, including their social, political, and economic contexts.
- Develop critical thinking and debating skills through the evaluation of different interpretations and perspectives.
Whilst we follow the objectives of a structured subject-specific curriculum, we offer highly differentiated and personalised learning programmes. We deliver a specialist, high-quality, and relevant education. This focuses on personal skills and academic achievement, setting high expectations for all. We appreciate that students may not be working at age-related or key-stage expectations, and therefore measure progress from individual starting points.