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Humanities

At Cannon Lane children enjoy learning history and geography, whereby exciting cross curricular links are made to other subjects, and regular school excursions help inspire and engage them.

 

Pupils learn about the environment, lives and lifestyles of familiar people in the recent past and about famous people and events from further back in history, with a key focus on those that have impacted Britain. 

 

Children actively study the local features and extend their learning outside their local area to other parts of the UK. Geographical skills such as: use of maps and coordinates, atlas work, observations about the weather, climate and outdoor field work, prepares children with a sense of empathy and responsibility towards their own environment.

 

We organise lots of engaging trips and visits, and themed days/weeks such as: Earth Week, Greek day and WWII Tea to consolidate children's understanding of the humanities curriculum.

 

AIMS

 

All children should be provided with opportunities and encouraged to:

 

  • Develop interest and curiosity about their surroundings – on a local, national and global scale.
  • See their place in a changing society both environmentally and historically.
  • Develop a sense of responsibility towards the environment.
  • Develop children’s respect for the difference between nations, cultures and historical development.

 

        

 

 

 

 

                           Humanities Curriculum Map

 

Year Group

Autumn

Spring

Summer

 

EYFS

Ourselves & People who Help Us

Talking about own lives and the lives of family. Talking about the environment around them and recognising changes.

 

Traditional Tales & Superheroes

Beginning to understand their lives are not the same as those of their friends. Developing respect for all traditions. Learning about growth and what plants and animals need to grow.

Space& Mini-Beasts

Recognising and understanding the differences and similarities between themselves and others. Making observations of animals and plants, Explaining why and how changes occur.

Year 1

Changes Beyond Living Memory

History

Bonfire night

First aeroplane flight

The Monarch’s Birthday

Shakespeare’s Birthday

Common Wealth Day

 

Geography

The location of the Common Wealth countries

Weather in the Common Wealth

National days

Changes Within Living Memory

History

Rituals

Our parents

Toys

Transport (Moon Landings – Neil Armstrong)

Keeping in touch

Royal Births

 

Geography

Changes in food, food miles, where does our food comes from?

Identifying countries around the world.

Where do we live?

Where is our school?

Can you use a map to guide you around the school?

Journeys/Weather Experts

History

Explore how travel has changed – boats and ships.

Famous explorers

 

Geography

Daily weather changes and patterns

Climates around the world.

Extreme weather

Meteorologists

 

 

 

 

 

Year 2

We Are Britain

History

Who is in our Royal Family?

Famous monarchs of Britain

Who is in my family?

Identifying cultures in Britain.

‘Famous for more than five minutes’

 

Geography

Where we are in the world and our 4 Nations – including key features mountains, hills, rivers canals.

 

Local study - Our school and Pinner

 

Fire, Fire!

History

The Great Fire of London

Fire safety then and now.

London of 1666

Influential individuals

 

Geography

Where else in the world are there great fires and why?

What is the impact of these great fires?

Why do fires happen in nature?

Changes in the land after fires.

The Sea Side

History

Sea mythology

Famous journeys and explorers - Charles Darwin.

Christopher Columbus

 

Geography

Oceans and Seas of the world.

Atlantic Vs Pacific

What do we find in our oceans?

Treasure maps, using directions and compass points.

Year 3

Stone age, Bronze age and Iron age

History

Changes to Britain form the Stone Age to the Iron Age, clothing, lifestyle, cave paintings.

 

Geography

Human settlement in villages: Skara Brae and an Iron Age fort.

Invaders and Settlers: The Romans

History

Armies, impact on the world and U.K, lifestyle, clothing and schooling.

 

Geography

Map work: U.K and the locality, Roman settlements, invasions.

 

 

Passport around the world

History

European study – famous people artists, sporting events significant places.

 

Geography

Seasons in the UK and around the world, physical changes to landscape in different climate zones, effect of global warming

Identifying capital cities.

Planning a trip through Europe.

Create your own Eden project?

Year 4

Invaders and Settlers: The Anglo Saxons & Vikings

History

The success of Viking Invasion.

Explore the Viking way of life.

Explore Viking culture, mythology and art.

 

Geography

Where did the Vikings settle?

Differences between Scandinavia and the UK.

What is still left from the Vikings and where can we find it?

How did Vikings use rivers?

How are rivers formed?

Explore Viking trade routes

 

Earth matters

Mountains, Volcanoes and Earthquakes

History

To recognise the impact of volcanoes and earthquakes on coastlines, cities and towns and how they have changed overtime, including Europe (Italy, France, Iceland etc.)

 

Geography

Describe and understand the key aspects of physical Geography around Europe.

Explore Mountain ranges in Europe.

Explore the workings of volcanoes

Explore the impact of earthquakes.

 

Ancient Egypt

History

Achievements by Egyptians, discoveries, royalty, medicine, lifestyle, schooling.

Exploring sources and artefacts from Egypt.

 

Geography

Location of the River Nile, human geography in Egypt, settlements and trade links

 

Year 5

Ancient Greece &

Comparing People and Places

 

History

A study of Greek life and achievements and their influence on the western world

Geography

To study characteristics of significant human, physical and topographical features

Greece then and now.

European study

1000 Years of Crime and Punishment: A Case Study of the Tudors

History

Explore the significance of Crime and Punishment and how it has developed over time.

Importance of implementing Law.

 

A study of important Tudor monarchs and changes to the British Isles as a result, between the period

1485-1603

 

Geography

Discovering the new world

and Tudor explorers.

Local study – changes in our area.

The Impact of the Industrial Revolution: The First Railways

History

Explore the significance of Queen Victoria

Brunel

Inventions

Impact of Factories

Development of the railways

Child Labour

Dr Barnardo

 

Geography

Exploring the locations of the British Empire and how it has impacted the modern world

 

Year 6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

World War II in Europe & The Battle of Britain

History

Important dates and events during 1939-1945

Key figures

Propaganda

The home Front

Battle of Britain

Life in Germany& France

The Holocaust 

 

Geography

Locating allies and axis countries, and the political and physical changes to European countries

Coastlines and Fossils

History

Research on key individuals/ sources who supported the understanding of evolution (Mary Anning, Charles Darwin)

 

Geography

Use of maps, atlases and grid references to carry out a study how our coastlines have changed over time

 

 

 

South America & The Maya Civilisation

History

A contrast study of the Mayan civilisation (900 A.D.) to British history

 

Geography

Human and physical changes within cities in South America in contrast to UK, including a study of the Amazon Rainforest

 

Shang Dynasty

 (To be covered through Mandarin)

 

 

 

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