Humanities at Middle Barton School
At Middle Barton School we provide an exciting creative curriculum where we link themes within humanities and to core curriculum areas. In this way children gain a comprehensive knowledge of the different subjects and are able to put them into context and deepen their understanding of the world they live in.
We have devised a 2 year rolling programme at Middle Barton School to ensure that there is a balance between history and geography and progression of the subjects through the Key Stages.
Local visits and field trips provide excellent learning opportunities for the children in history and geography and enable them to apply their knowledge. This has included visits to Hill End Outdoor Centre, orienteering, Forest School and visitors from local and regional museums who provide topic specific expertise.
At Middle Barton Primary School we provide a high-quality history education that will help the pupils gain knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world.
We provide activities to inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past. Our teaching enables pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement.
The history curriculum helps 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.
At Middle Barton Primary School teachers make creative links between foundation and core subjects as pupils learn faster when skills and concepts are applied across subjects. Pupils at Middle Barton will be taught to apply the skills they learn in history to support their investigations and work in other areas of the curriculum. For example, drama based on Greek Gods; letter writing from the Western Front and poetry from WW1; designing and making Roman catapults and re-enacting a Victorian school day.
History Curriculum Map
At Middle Barton Primary School we provide a geography curriculum that inspires pupils to show curiosity and fascination about the world and its people. Our teaching will 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 the children progress through the school their knowledge about the world will help them to expand their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments.
In Key Stage 1, the geography curriculum will help the children to relate to their own environment and to the people who live there. It also develops their awareness of the wider world. In Key Stage 2, the children will develop an understanding of their surroundings and the wider world, how it was formed, how it is changing and their place within it.
At Middle Barton Primary School teachers make creative links between foundation and core subjects as pupils learn faster when skills and concepts are applied across subjects. Pupils at Middle Barton Primary School will be taught to apply the skills they learn in geography to support their investigations and work in other areas of the curriculum. The creative arts will also be used to help enrich learning with links being made to dance, art, design technology and ICT.
Pupils learn about vocabulary specific to the subject, the use of globes, maps and plans at a range of scales, fieldwork techniques and instruments, and the use of a range of sources of information including aerial photographs, Google Earth and diagrams.
We use the 2014 curriculum to inform our planning and include topical geographical issues which relate to how people affect the environment and how they are affected by it. Environmental change and sustainable development are areas of geographical study which are especially important for the future of all our pupils.
Geographical enquiry is undertaken inside and outside the classrooms and pupils are taught key skills such as; observing and recording, asking geographical questions, analysing evidence and drawing conclusions.