At Brampton Primary School, we aim to give our children a humanities curriculum which enables them to become confident, creative and independent learners who can explore the use of different knowledge and skills throughout topical learning. We seek to broaden children’s real-life experiences both inside and outside of school. Within lessons, our children acquire a range of knowledge and skills in both history and geography which they can then apply to other subjects and in a variety of situations.
Furthermore, it is our aim 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 cause positive change and development as they grow. We link this closely to British Values and the important role this plays in making our children responsible citizens. We do this through various topics, making references to the past and how this has changed and formed our futures.
History and Geography is taught from reception through to year six using a creative, cross curricular approach based on the National Curriculum programmes of study.
Across the course of a year, each year group studies a variety of humanities topics. These are a mixture of history and geography and are linked to other areas of the curriculum where possible to develop skills. Links between subjects give children a broad base of knowledge, facts, vocabulary, real-life experience and contexts to use for learning. Some key topics are re-visited throughout children’s school-life in varying forms so that they may deepen their skills, knowledge and understanding. An example of this being ‘Castles’ in Reception where they build new and exciting information which then is developed in Year 2 to further deepen their knowledge and understanding further.
Both history and geography lessons take various forms. Throughout each topic there is a balance of practical, hands-on learning and written recording of knowledge.
At Brampton we are continually reviewing our Humanities curriculum to make sure that it is driven towards what the children need to know and also what the children enjoy to learn about.
In the foundation stage, Geography is taught through a topic approach during lessons on knowledge and understanding of the world. In History, children will begin to gain an understanding of history and chronology relating to themselves and their lives, through topics such as celebrations, birthdays and time lines.
Building on this experience through their topic work in year one and two, children will cover toys of the past, famous events such as ‘The Moon Landing’, famous people and a local area study. In Years 3 and 4, geography and history follow the National Curriculum objectives and is also taught through topics including: Europe and the Romans. Children in Years 3 and 4 will deepen their knowledge and understanding of invaders and settlers linked to our local area making good use of our local links (Hadrian’s Wall etc) by studying the Romans and Vikings. They will deepen their understanding of chronology by studying an ancient society through their work on ‘The Egyptians’.
In Years 5 and 6 geography and history is taught through topic each week based on a thematic approach to what the children need to know by the end of that particular year. Learning often involves research projects, or cross curricular links with other subjects such as Art, Design and Technology and RE. In year five and six children will look at the Victorians, Tudors, Britain since 1930 and conduct a local area study among other topics.
Please click on the link below to see an overview of our humanities curriculum:
Over the past few years we have worked hard at Brampton Primary School to build evidence and gain our Fairacheiver award as part of the Fairtrade Foundation. Brampton itself is Fairtrade Town and we believe it is important to support and encourage children to be aware of the issues surrounding Fairtrade and why it is important to encourage critical thinking into important matters that effect our world and the people in it. We celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight every year with popular events and embed leaning into our curriculum.
Fairtrade issues link closely to Humanities as it is stated on the Fairtrade School website-
“Learning through Fairtrade opens up a fascinating world, revealing how we are all connected.”
The Woodland Trust - Green Tree Gold Award
We are very lucky at Brampton Primary School to have such a fantastic outside space with plenty of amazing woodland areas right on our doorstep. We have seen this opportunity and used it to work with the Woodland Trust through the awards recently moving to Gold status. Along with the weekly mile that the children enjoy as part of keeping active, we have explored our local woodland and have created artwork linked to relevant texts, used ICT to take photographs and written poetry based on forests and changing seasons.
Woodland Trust Schools and Communities Engagement Manager Karen Letten said:
“It’s fantastic that so many schools want to engage with nature and instil a passion for the environment in their children.”
“Outdoor learning has been shown to improve pupil engagement with many youngsters going on to remember their experiences well into adulthood.”
“Our free Green Tree Schools Award is the perfect way for them to get hands on, to explore the natural world around them, use their imaginations and have fun while learning”