Humanities consists of History, Geography, Religious Education and Languages. We aim to create an exciting and engaging Humanities curriculum at Hugh Myddelton Primary School, with many cross-curricular links between subjects.
At Hugh Myddelton, the Humanities curriculum aims to inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people. We follow Prospectus, a high-quality and exciting scheme of work, rooted in the National Curriculum, which was developed to provide pupils with a comprehensive knowledge of Britain’s past and develop their understanding of significant locations in the wider world, as well as key events in world history.
The programmes of study for Humanities have been designed to equip pupils with the skills to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh-up evidence and develop a rounded perspective and judgement.
At Hugh Myddelton, we celebrate the many faiths and the multi-cultural diversity of all our pupils. Children are taught so that they have a clear understanding of the major faiths and a sound basis of tolerance, respect and knowledge to guide them in their future. This is done through the main six topics in each year group, but to ensure balance and coverage some Religious Education themes are also covered discretely.
At Hugh Myddelton, Humanities provides an excellent stimulus for cross-curricular activities and provides the link for many different learning opportunities. Pupils learn about different environments and historical events through a varied and creative range of activities from Art, Drama, Poetry, ICT and Design Technology. The Humanities curriculum at Hugh Myddelton aims to encourage a lifelong enthusiasm for learning about the world and its diversity in all pupils.
Please click on the images below to view the topic overviews for each year group.
French is a new subject being introduced this year from Reception to Upper Key Stage 2. Although the government’s statutory Modern Foreign Language (MFL) requirement at primary level is targeted at KS2, Hugh Myddelton seeks to integrate this widely-spoken language from a younger age when children are most receptive and naturally curious. Language learning will focus on authentic, purposeful resources and activities, from songs and picture books to memory games and role plays. Vocabulary will always be accompanied by visual representations and will tie in with our ‘Talk for Writing’ approach used in story-telling in English lessons. Learning another language not only prepares children linguistically but also cultivates an open-mindedness towards and interest different cultures. Therefore, our French lessons will also involve learning about francophone countries and their festivities, and will also be supported by various after school clubs including French music, French artists and a French cooking club. Long-term plans involve setting up a school French cafe and a pen pal correspondence with a school in France (which we hope KS2 will be able to visit)!A British-trained teacher and a native-speaking teacher work together to deliver lessons in French in Early Years and Key Stages 1 & 2.