Humanities is an area of the curriculum that includes learning in History and Geography.
At Howitt Primary, we plan cross-curricular topics to enthuse and engage children and enable them to develop key skills in these subjects.
In Geography, the children build these skills by studying the local area, places in the UK and countries around the world. For example, in Year 1, children map out the school grounds; Year 2 pupils investigate human and physical features found on Scottish islands as they read the Katie Morag stories; and Year 6 pupils locate countries around the world using compass points and grid references.
In History, pupils' skills are developed by studying notable people and events in different time periods. For example, children in Year 2 find out about the famous explorer Captain Cook and research how transport has changed over time. In Year 4, pupils learn about Ancient Greece and consider how democracy in ancient Athens enables us to have a voice as British citizens today. Year 5 visit Southwell Workhouse to find out about living conditions and social injustice in Victorian times.
Humanities provides great opportunities for children to apply important reading skills - such as using inference or making a prediction - and inspires some super writing, too!
Humanities in the National Curriculum
Chinese New Year:
The children in EYFS and Year 1 enjoyed celebrating Chinese New Year! Reception and Nursery were lucky enough to experience a traditional Chinese dragon dance, whilst Year 1 began to use atlases and globes to locate China.
Bringing History to Life at Howitt
Year 5 visited Southwell Workhouse to find out about life in Victorian Britain.
Year 3 had a fantastic day when they were visited by two Roman soldiers. Throughout the day, the children learnt about Roman artillery, the Roman army, the Gladiator combats in the Colosseum and the barbaric battles that took place when the Romans invaded Britain. They really enjoyed getting into role - especially when they had to decide whether they wanted to be a member of the Roman army or part of an uncivilised Celtic tribe!
The children loved the opportunity to see, handle and fire some Roman artillery, dress up in and explore a Roman soldier's kit and a particular highlight of the day was watching the final Gladiator showdown between Mrs Snow and Miss Brooks!