The term ‘Humanities’ encompasses the teaching of both history and geography.
Humanities is widely recognised as an important discipline that promotes the teaching and learning of a variety of transferable skills that can be used throughout the curriculum and within adult life.
At Knowle Primary we value humanities as a discipline that can assist children in becoming well-rounded individuals who can make sense of the present by understanding the past. We also value the place of humanities in developing children’s awareness and knowledge about the world that sustains us.
History encourages pupils to:
· Have a lasting interest in, and enjoyment of learning about the past
· Develop a sense of time (chronology), recognising how time is measured and that some things change and some things stay the same
· Investigate how and why events happen and how they may be linked
· Consider what it was like to live in different periods and consider what motivated the people who lived then. Understand that it is not always possible to think in the same way that people in the past thought
· Recognise that there are some things we can never know about the past and that History has to be constructed from the bits of the past that have survived
· Understand that people interpret the past differently and use different ways to present their ideas
· Understand that some historical sources were produced for a reason and to take this into account when evaluating a source.
· Make thoughtful use of a variety of sources to find out about the past
· Communicate their ideas in a variety of ways and with clarity and independence.
Geography encourages pupils to:
· Stimulate an interest in their surroundings and in the variety of human and physical conditions on the Earth
· Foster a sense of wonder at the beauty of the world surrounding them
· To develop an informed concern about the quality of the environment and the future of the human habitat
· Enhance their sense of responsibility for the care of the Earth and its people and secure their commitment to promoting and living sustainable lifestyles
· Develop skills of critical enquiry and an ability to handle and interpret information through asking and answering geographical questions and using ICT to communicate with and explore a variety of people, places and environments across the world
· Explore values and attitudes about complex issues
· Develop the above mentioned skills through learning about a range of places, cultures and environments at a variety of scales, from local to global
· Foster a sense of understanding about how we are interconnected and interdependent with other people and ecosystems around the world.