Subject Leader – Mrs Davis (Interim Mrs S Griffiths)
In the Foundation Stage children learn through play and exploration. ‘Humanities’ is taught under the heading of ‘Understanding the World’ in the Early Years.
Please click here to see the Curriculum Intent statement.
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, for example St John's Museum in Warwick.
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.
In May 2019 the children in Year 2 created their own museums all about the Great Fire of London. Parents were invited to come and visit the museums where they were able to see all the fantastic work that the children had completed during this topic. Both the children and the parents had a very enjoyable afternoon.
"My mum was really proud of all the work that I did." Year 2 Pupil
"Excellent standard of work and very informative! The children enjoyed showing us around and were very confident and proud of their work." Year 2 parent
"Lovely work by all the class. We have found out lots of interesting facts." Year 2 Parent
Trips and Extended Learning
St John's Museum Warwick
The children in Year 2 visted St John's Museum in Warwick as part of their History work about the Victorians. The children were able to experience what life would have been like for children during the Victorian times and were able to see and use artefacts from the Victorian times.
The children in Year 2 visited Stratford as part of their work about William Shakespeare. They also looked at some of the local landmarks and thought about the geographical features they could see.
Please click here to view our Humanities Policy