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HUMANITIES

Learning Pathway

History

Key Stage 2

‘Ready to Learn’

Students in Key Stage 2 (KS2) access geography and history through their ‘Creative Curriculum’ lessons.

Students will begin to develop a set of prerequisite skills, including:

History

  • Recognising and making comments about oneself in pictures of the more distant past

  • Recognising and making comments about known people in the pictures of the more distant past

  • Recognising obvious distinctions between the past and present in one’s own life

  • Begin to pick historical artefacts out from collections of items

Key Stage 3

‘Ready for Independence’

Students in Key Stage 3 (KS3) study geography and history through a half-termly topic-based approach.

Students will develop their geographical and historical skills in line with the national curriculum (NC). Students will focus on:

 

History

  • Recognising the distinction between past and present in one’s own life and the lives of others

  • Placing events and objects in chronological order

  • Using common words and phrases relating to the passing of time

  • Identifying events and people in the past

  • Beginning to recognise that the past can be seen in different ways

  • Using sources of information to find out about the past

  • Recounting episodes from stories about the past

Key Stage 4 

'Ready for My Future'

Humanities within Key Stage 4 (KS4) is planned and focused on pupils achieving AQA accreditations, where possible. They will be continuing and improving on set skills acquired on their journey through the school, in both History and Geography.  Pupils will be encouraged, where possible, to be independent with their decision-making.

 

In History, pupils will be finding out about what has happened to shape our society and how people's decision-making, now, affects us. 

Students will continue to question and make observations during lessons, offering opportunities for discussions. They will be empowered to take ownership of their own research projects.

Key Stage 5 

'Ready for Work'

Students in Key Stage 5 (KS5) do not access History within their timetable, however, this has cross-curricular links throughout their curriculum. We celebrate key events together throughout the year, such as Black History Month, International Women's Day, Fairtrade Fortnight, Poppy Day, Remembrance and VE Day. 

 

Historical topics will be embedded throughout different subjects and celebrated together, such as war with our English lessons, the history of different Artists and cultures etc. We celebrate Weatherfield’s history and that of our local community. 

 

Cross-curricular Onwards and Upwards links - English, PSHCE, Art, Food

Geography

Key Stage 2

‘Ready to Learn’

Geography

  • Identifying differences between physical and human features

  • Understanding differences between natural and man-made features of places

  • Using pictures and symbols to show familiar places and what they are for

  • Giving opinions on different places, environments

Key Stage 3

‘Ready for Independence’

 

Geography

  • Asking geographical questions

  • Talking about people, places using simple geographical vocabulary

  • Developing basic fieldwork skills

  • Using globes, maps and plans

  • Using primary and secondary sources of information

  • Recognising and comparing places of study

  • Recognising physical and human features

  • Discussing where places are located

  • Recognising and understanding changes in the environment and how they can be improved.

Key Stage 4 

'Ready for My Future'

Humanities within KS4 is planned and focused on pupils achieving AQA accreditations, where possible. They will be continuing and improving on set skills acquired on their journey through the school, in both History and Geography.  Pupils will be encouraged, where possible, to be independent with their decision-making.

 

In Geography, pupils will be learning about their local environment, discussing problems and offering solutions. They will be studying the effects of climate change and how decision-making makes an impact on the world we live in.

Students will continue to question and make observations during lessons, offering opportunities for discussions. They will be empowered to take ownership of their own research projects.

Key Stage 5

'Ready for Work'

Although students in KS5 do not access Geography within their timetable, they will continue to develop their skills in other areas within the curriculum. They will be using knowledge gained to obtain AQA unit awards, focusing on work within our community. 

 

Students will be practising life skills, planning journeys and visits, using public transport.

 

 Throughout the PE curriculum, students will use geography skills obtained to navigate in new settings, and take part in orienteering activities, using compasses and navigating skills. 

 

Pupils will be encouraged to be independent learners, preparing them for their transition into Post 16 provisions. 

 

Cross-curricular Onwards and Upwards links - Maths, PE, PSHCE, Computing

Curriculum Content

Curriculum content shows the topics that each key stage will be working on for the year. Click the key stage you wish to preview.

History

Geography

Enrichment Opportunities

See below links for further opportunities for your child to progress their learning in History.

Land of the Romans (National Museums Scotland)

The Great Fire of London

National History Museum (Try This At Home)

BBC History

History Games Links

Enrichment Opportunities

See below links for further opportunities for your child to progress their learning in Geography.

National Geographic

Google Maps

Google Earth

BBC Geography

DK Findout!

3D Geography

Rainforest Alliance

NASA

GetOutside (Maps Skills)

GeoAce (Quizzes)

If you would like further information about our Humanities curriculum please contact Miss C Ainsworth, Humanities coordinator, via the Academy office or by email: cainsworth@weatherfield.beds.sch.uk