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Humanities teaches children about the world in which they live and how it has changed over time.  Our curriculum focuses on acquiring facts and knowledge as well as developing historical and geographical skills.  We teach children about larger global concepts such as humankind, place, significance, processes and change. The teaching of history and geography follows the National Curriculum and is integrated within our topics as part of our Voyagers program. Great emphasis is placed upon teaching historical and geographical knowledge and vocabulary.



We aim to help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world and inspire pupils’ curiosity to discover more about the past. As our pupils progress, they will become equipped to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement.


We want pupils 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. Our history curriculum provides identity, improves decision-making and judgement, alongside developing a sense of chronology. It is enhanced through the addition of visitors to the school, drama, use of artefacts, day trips and residential visits.



We aim to inspire pupils with a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. We aim to develop a sense of place, whilst exploring, investigating and understanding the man-made and natural processes that impact on our planet.   We want to equip pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes.


As pupils progress, their growing knowledge about the world should help them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments. We want our children to gain confidence and practical experiences of geographical knowledge, understanding and skills that explain how the Earth’s features at different scales are shaped, interconnected and change over time. We achieve this through a variety of day trips, residential trips and local field work, exploring the immediate vicinity of the school.


Geography is an enquiry led subject that seeks answers to fundamental questions such as: Where is this place? What is it like? (And why?) How and why is it changing? How does this place compare with other places? How and why are places connected? It is also imperative that a geographer doesn’t just answer questions but also asks and debates them: What could/should the world be like in the future? What can we do to influence change?


It is our vision that through historical and geographical learning, children will become accountable citizens, understanding their role in protecting our world and environment, and knowing how they can make positive changes for the future.

Click below to view our yearly history and geography topics across the school...
Click below to see how our history and geography skills progress across Key Stage 2.
In every subject, in every lesson, vocabulary is prioritised and explicitly taught. Click below to see how our history and geography vocabulary progresses through Key Stage 2.