Humanities

Intent

At Melton we have devised a humanities curriculum for Melton children. We make great use of the rich historical and geographical environment which is on our doorstep.

We have linked history and geography as they are best led and planned together. These subjects help children understand the importance of research, gathering evidence, societies, cultures and the impact of changes on people and places. These experiences allow all children to develop good knowledge, new skills and a deep understanding in both subjects.

Through a practical, ‘hands on’ curriculum, we aim for every child to be enthusiastic and interested learners.

Implementation

Humanities units are taught through a well-planned topic with a key text at its heart. Years 1/2, years 3/4 and years 5/6 study the same topic to give the children an opportunity to work collaboratively, allowing teachers to plan together to bring a wealth of knowledge and skills into the classroom. The class teachers refer to the National Curriculum to ensure appropriate coverage across the year groups. In many cases, medium term plans for humanities are written by the teachers to be more active, purposeful and exciting for pupils.

  • The children are inspired by practical experiences leading towards exciting topic events where they have the opportunity to share and consolidate their learning with others.
  • Planning is well devised to enable children to challenge their understanding and develop skills to answer questions based on the topic, providing a purpose to their learning.
  • Children of Melton are given the tools and opportunities to extend their own learning in school and beyond.
  • We believe very strongly that in order to become experts, the children need to be taught specific historical and geographical skills and given the opportunity to develop good understanding of the key questions.

Impact

  • As part of the Year 1 and 2 topic of ‘My Melton’, children are learning to collect, analyse and communicate with a range of data gathered through experiences of fieldwork by walking around the local area, looking for key historical and geographical landmarks that they have mapped and displayed in school.
  • Years 3 and 4 are reading ‘Stig of the Dump’ to enhance their topic of ‘What Lies Beneath’, which encompasses Stone Age, Rocks and Fossils.
  • Years 5 and 6 have visited Debach Air Museum, experienced an air raid and handled real life artefacts from WW2. This has taught the children a number of facts relating to their topic.

 

History Links

Roman Empire

‘How do you know who you are unless you know where you’ve come from? How can you tell what’s going to happen, unless you know what’s happened before? History isn’t just about the past. It’s about why we are – and about what’s next’.
Tony Robinson

Science and Media Museum

Using family album photographs, this website tells the life stories of six adults with personal experience of the industry which made Bradford rich and famous during the last century – wool.

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