Key Principles/Purpose of Study
Humanities incorporates both Geography and History which are so closely linked that they are best led and planned jointly. Both subjects help children and young people understand similarities and differences between societies and cultures and the impact of changes on people and places. The use of careful research, evidence and fieldwork is crucial in developing good knowledge and understanding.
At Littlegreen School, we want our learners to develop skills for life through Humanities; to ask questions, find out information, share ideas and understand other people’s feelings and experiences. Humanities are taught through interesting topic lessons in KS2 and lower KS3. In upper KS3 and KS4 humanities are taught in discreet lessons covering a range of topics about both physical and human geography, and ancient and modern history. Lessons are practical and engaging, and can often include handling objects and artefacts, drawing, ICT, taking photographs or making short films, in fact anything that captures the children’s curiosity in both the world around them and the past. To enable our learners to develop a comprehensive knowledge of the different subjects, we link themes within Humanities, and also to core curriculum areas. This helps them to put their learning into context and deepen their understanding of the world they live in. Most importantly, we believe in a creative ‘hands-on’ active approach which sparks enthusiasm and interest.
Geography allows learners to explore, experience and develop an understanding of their local environment, e.g. their school, local shops, weather, jobs, water, maps, directions and exploring the differences between the countryside and urban areas.
Aims and Objectives
Explore the diversity of people, places and environments locally and further afield and in the wider world. Geographical enquiry is undertaken inside and outside the classrooms, with our learners taught key skills such as observing and recording, asking geographical questions, analysing evidence and drawing conclusions. We provide opportunities to develop knowledge of globally significant places.
Enable learners to use vocabulary specific to the subject, use of globes, maps and plans at a range of scales, fieldwork techniques and instruments, and the use of a range of sources of information including aerial photographs, Google Earth, diagrams and GPS.
Stimulate learners’ interest in their surroundings and in the variety of human and physical conditions on the earth’s surface.
Provide opportunities to enhance the learning experience through creative activities including off-site educational visits and visitors to school.
Foster a sense of wonder and beauty of the world around us; helping learners to develop and informed concern about the quality of the environment and the future of human habitat. This will enhance their sense of responsibility for the care of the earth and its people.
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