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Humanities

Bringing the past and the world to your child's desk
 
We are excited to be following a new creative curriculum this year here at Our Lady Queen of Heaven, where we are welcoming lots of new stimulating topics. These will change half termly and there will be a balance of both History and Geography driving these topics across both Key Stages. As a result of mixed-age classes, we carry out the medium-term planning on a two-year rotation cycle. By doing so, we ensure that children have complete coverage of the National Curriculum, but do not have to repeat topics. Each class teacher will provide either a regular History or Geography lesson during the terms depending on the topic being taught. This may vary in length but will on average be one hour per week.
 
History
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Why we teach History
Our aims in teaching History are:
  • To help children understand the present in the context of the past.
  • To gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world.
  • To inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past.
  • To equip pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement.
  • To understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time.
  • To enrich and support other areas of the curriculum.

 

History through
 Curriculum Topics
 
Reception Year
History is taught as part of the Knowledge and Understanding of the world area of the Foundation curriculum.
 
Year 1 

Bright lights, big city.  (Great fire of London)
Dinosaur Planet
Memory Box

Superheroes

 

 
Year 2

Land Ahoy
Towers, Tunnels and Turrets
Street Detectives

Seaside Now and Then

 
Years 3 and 4 Cycle A
Tribal tales – Stone and Iron age
God's and Mortals - Greeks
Heroes and Villains
Traders and Raiders - Saxons
 
Years 3 and 4 Cycle B
I am Warrior
Tremors – Pompeii
Potions
 
Years 5 and 6 Cycle A
Frozen Kingdom
Peasants, Princes and Pestilence
Revolution
Stargazers
 
Years 5 and 6 Cycle B
A Child's War
Time traveller
Pharaohs
Hola Mexico
How we teach History
Teaching Time
We teach History through the Cornerstones Creative Curriculum topics and there is a balance of History based topics across each Key Stage. This means that either three or four units of History will be taught by each year group. As we mainly have mixed-aged classes, we carry out topics on a two-year rotation cycle. By doing so, we ensure that children have complete coverage of the National Curriculum, but do not have to repeat topics. Each class teacher will provide a regular History lesson during the terms when History is being taught. This may vary in length but will on average be one hour per week.
 
Links between History and other subjects
History contributes to many subjects within the primary curriculum and opportunities will be sought to draw experience out of a wide range of activities, including fieldwork.  This will allow children to begin to appreciate and understand History in real contexts. 
 
How we work in the Foundation Stage
We teach History in reception classes as an integral part of the topic work covered during the year. As the reception class is part of the Foundation Stage of the National Curriculum, we relate the History side of the children’s work to the objectives set out in the Early Learning Goals (ELGs). History makes a significant contribution to the ELG objectives of developing a child’s knowledge and understanding of the world through activities such as looking at pictures of famous people in History, having new and old boxes or discovering the meaning of new and old in relation to their own lives.
 
Information and Communication Technology
Children use ICT in History to enhance their skills in data handling and in presenting written work and they research information using the Internet and in school software programmes. ICT will involve the computer, iPads and audio-visual aids.  ICT will only be used in History lessons when it is the most efficient and effective way of meeting the lesson objectives. 
 
 
Assessment
We assess children’s work in History by making informal judgments as we observe them during each History lesson. On completion of a piece of work, the teacher marks the work and comments as necessary. At the end of a unit of work, the teacher makes a summary judgment about the work of each pupil.   Each pupil’s progress is then recorded and monitored on Target Tracker according to the Learning Intentions they have met. 
 
Scheme of work /
Curriculum Plan
National Curriculum objectives linked to Cornerstones topics.
Guidance for Teachers National Curriculum/ Cornerstones curriculum.
Planning Foundation planning is completed weekly by teaching teams and checked termly by the history co-ordinator.
Assessment

Levelling is completed based on three levels: working below, working at and working above age expectations.   

 

 

 
Geography 

Our Topics with links to Geography are:
Cycle A

Year 1 and 2 Years 3 and 4 Years 5 and 6
Bright lights, big city.  (Great fire of London)
Dinosaur Planet
Land Ahoy
 
God's and Mortals 
Heroes and Villains
Traders and Raiders 
Frozen Kingdom
Peasants, Princes and Pestilence
Revolution
Stargazers
 
 

Cycle B

Year 1 and 2 Cycle B Years 3 and 4 Cycle B Years 5 and 6 Cycle B
Memory Box
Splendid Skies
Towers, Tunnels and Turrets
Superheroes
I am Warrior
Misty Mountains
Tremors – Pompeii
Potions
A Child's War
Time traveller
Pharaohs
Hola Mexico


Why we teach Geography
Our aims in teaching Geography are:
  • To enable children to gain knowledge and understanding of places in the world.
  • To increase children's knowledge of other cultures.
  • To allow children to learn graphic skills, including how to use, draw and interpret maps.
  • To enable children to know and understand environmental problems at local, regional and global level.
  • To encourage in children a commitment to sustainable development and an appreciation of what 'global citizenship' means.
  • To develop a variety of other skills, including those of enquiry, problem solving, ICT, investigation and how to present their conclusions in the most appropriate way.

 

The Geography Curriculum
Children in Key Stage One investigate their local area and contrast localities in the UK or abroad, finding out about the environment in both areas and the people who live there. They begin to learn about the wider world and carry out geographical enquiry inside and outside the classroom. In doing this, they learn about people, places and environments, and use geographical skills and resources such as maps and photographs.

  In Key Stage Two children extend their knowledge by investigating a variety of people, places and environments in the UK and abroad, and start to make links between different and diverse places in the world. They find out how people affect the environment and how environments affect people. They also carry out geographical enquiry, inside and outside the classroom, using maps, surveys, atlases, aerial photographs and ICT. In doing this they will ask questions and use geographical skills and resources such as maps, atlases, aerial photographs and ICT.

How we work in the Foundation Stage
We teach Geography in reception classes as an integral part of the topic work covered during the year. As the reception class is part of the Foundation Stage of the National Curriculum, we relate the children’s Geography work to the objectives set out in the Early Learning Goals (ELGs) Geography makes a significant contribution to the ELG objectives of developing a child’s knowledge and understanding of the world through activities such as looking at pictures of places and people from around the world, talking about journeys they have made around their local environment and around the world.

 
Useful Websites
If you would like to find out more about your current topic here are some links to useful websites that you can use to help with your History or Geography research:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/highlights/sections/primary
http://www.primaryhomeworkhelp.co.uk/ 
 
What's in the World books
Every child, in years 1-6, will get a chance to bring home the 'What's in the World' book.

When they do, p
lease can you and your child choose a country  to research and record some facts about it in this book.
Some suggestions of the type of facts that you could include are:
·       Which continent the country is in.
·       How many people live in that country (the population).
·       The language/languages spoken.
·       A picture of the country or where it is on a world map.
·       The national flag.
Your child will then bring their book back into school to share their facts with the rest of their class.
 
High Weald Heroes
 
Our Lady Queen of Heaven is a part of the education programme 'High Weald Heroes' which is run by the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural beauty. It encourages exploring and using the landscape for learning opportunities. 

As a part of this, the school had its own 'Welly Walk' created which is a walk around the local area that covers different landscapes and areas with a rich historical heritage. A link to the Welly Walk leaflet is at the bottom of this webpage. It contains all the information you need to undertake your own Welly Walk such as: where the Welly Walk is, places/landscapes you will see along the way and how long it will take.

Have a go and please let Mrs Ward know what you saw along the way!

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