“History is a political and moral compass we use to find ourselves on the map of human geography. It tells us where we are but, more importantly, what we must be."
John Henrik Clarke
The study of the Humanities combines History and Geography into one coherent and fascinating whole. Our primary aim is to encourage a love of these subjects, to open up the wonder of our world and magic of the past. The Humanities are packed with excitement, wonder, mystery, variety, comparisons and contrasts (and a few grisly and surprising details). Children can indulge their vivid imagination and natural curiosity as they uncover their world, its extraordinary past and learn about how they can be part of safeguarding its future.
In the Infant department, the children learn through a series of themes including Castles, Toys, Exploration, Transport, The Great Fire of London and Seaside Holidays in the past. They will also be taught about the lives of important historical figures such as Robert the Bruce, Guy Fawkes and Florence Nightingale.
In the Lower and Upper Junior departments a growing interest in, and love of, History and Geography is developed through studying various ancient civilisations including the Egyptians, Romans, Ancient Greeks and Aztecs. British History is studied through topics including The Tudors, Normans, Victorians and World War II.
The subject is brought alive through the lavish use of artefacts, pictures, photographs, maps and documents. Lessons often include audio-visual materials and incorporate role-play activities, research projects and ICT. It is further enhanced by 'living history days' organised throughout the year so that the children may have hands-on experiences immersed in the topic they are studying.
The children's learning is also supported by visits to historical and geographical sites such as Roman Chester, the Lake District and the Black Country Museum.
“History is all explained by Geography.”
Robert Penn Warren