Humanities

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History

A high-quality History education will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past, including British values, and that of the wider world. It should inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past through encouraging children to question and reflection.  History 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. Through developing all these skills the teaching of History should enable children to understand why and how changes happen and develop into citizens that accept diversity and difference.  Children’s creativity will be enhanced through in the least good quality teaching and provision of resources. 

Geography

A high-quality Geography education should inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives.  Geographical knowledge, understanding and skills provide the frameworks and approaches that explain how the Earth’s features at different scales are shaped, interconnected and change over time. Children build an understanding of the wider world to develop a deeper understanding of their own environments. Through this they gain a sense of values and identity through comparison of the wider world to that of Britain and British values. They explore diversity and become accustomed to the fact that difference should be celebrated and beliefs understood.  

The teaching of humanities aims to develop the values that are required for children to become good citizens, who care for the people and environments in their local area and within the wider world.