Humanities News – Autumn Term 2017
Humanities plays a large role within our connected curriculum. Many of our topics are Humanities led and it is an area of the curriculum enjoyed throughout the school. We study history under the three areas: chronological understanding; knowledge and interpretation and historical enquiry. We study geography under the four areas: geographical enquiry; physical geography; human geography and geographical knowledge.
In Autumn 1, Year 1 started the year by studying the local geography of St Michael’s hamlet, with a walk around the local area. Their history work looked at changes within living memory and the history of toys. Year 2 looked at the geography and history of Liverpool in their topic In My Liverpool Home. The pupils particularly enjoyed being evacuated to KS2 classes as part of their learning about evacuation in WW2.
In KS2 Year 3 studied the achievements of Ancient Egypt and the geography of the Mediterranean. A trip to the World Museum for Ancient Egypt workshops followed in November. Year 4 have been immersed in learning about the Romans. In November they visited Chester to find out more about life in Roman times. Year 5 have looked at a range of inspirational figures, including Florence Nightingale and the way medicine and healthcare have developed. Year 6 have been learning about volcanoes.
In Autumn 2, Year 1 have been learning about historical pirates, Mary Seacole and Florence Nightingale. They have been looking at coastal features in geography and also maps, linked to their pirate topic. Year 2 have been learning about Africa in geography.
In KS2 Year 3 have been studying art history and continuing their geography work on the Mediterranean and weather around the world, comparing life in the Mediterranean to life in the UK. Year 4 has continued their topic on the Romans and completed geography work on how a locality has changed over time. Year 5 have continued their work on inspirational figures and Y6 are carrying out a local history study on the involvement of the local area on the Industrial Revolution.
Once again, the children excelled themselves with the respect they showed at our Remembrance Day assembly. Staff from all roles in the school, a school governor and a pupil from KS1 and KS2 all took part doing readings and speaking.
Our new history display representing dates that each year group have studied so far, has proved popular with pupils, as they can see how each year group, (colour coded) fits into the chronology of when things occurred. It is no surprise that the date that has become dog-eared through the most interest is the date that Lego was invented !
If you have any queries about our Humanities curriculum, please come and speak with me any day after school, Mrs Sayer. 28.11.17