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Subject Leader – Mr Moore
Foundation Stage

In the Foundation Stage children learn through play and exploration.  ‘Humanities’ is taught under the heading of ‘Understanding the World’ in the Early Years.


Children’s skills are developed to:
  • talk about past and present events in their own lives and in the lives of family members
  • know about similarities and differences between themselves and others, and among families, communities and traditions
  • know about similarities and differences in relation to places, objects, materials and living things
  • talk about the features of their own immediate environment and how environments might vary from one to another 



Key Stage One
Throughout Key Stage One ‘History’ and ‘Geography’ are taught as ‘Humanities’ through a range of creative and inspiring half-termly topics.
At Marston Green Infant Academy we see History as more than just learning about important facts and dates. We actively encourage pupils to become detectives who explore events from the recent and more distant past in exciting and creative ways.
History allows pupils to compare and contrast, to examine how and why things have changed, to develop their research skills by learning about significant men, women, children and events. We teach children to be open minded and inquisitive thinkers who begin to show an understanding of cause and effect.  We want them to understand how people have lived in the past and compare this to modern life.  We encourage first hand experiences through handling real artefacts, organising exciting field work visits.

In Geography pupils develop their knowledge of people and places to understand the physical, social and economic forces which shape those places and the lifestyles of the people who live there.  We study local areas and issues and extend these studies into the wider world.  The children learn to use maps to locate cities, countries, mountain ranges, rivers, seas and oceans.  They use atlases, photographs and the Internet to explore the environment and cultures of those countries which they study.  They then use the skills they have developed in English, Maths and Computing to report and record their findings.

Please click here to view our Humanities Policy