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Humanities at Sladefield

Through our teaching of Humanities, we aim to encourage and foster an interest and curiosity about the past and how it has shaped and influenced the world and our lives today.   Our aim is to develop our pupils’ interest in their surroundings, as well as their knowledge of places and environments around the world, to enable them to better understand the world they live in.

How we teach Humanities

History and Geography are taught to all our pupils, covering four topics over the year.  One Humanities subject is taught every term which can be either History or Geography. The topics have been selected to engage pupils’ interest as well as ensuring coverage of the National Curriculum. Careful planning ensures progression of both knowledge and skills from across the KS1 Curriculum. Learning is also enhanced and ‘brought to life’ by a range of activities which include visitors to the school, workshops and trips to both the local area and places of historical and geographical interest.



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In History, children study a range of different time periods and significant individuals from the past, allowing them to develop a chronological knowledge of British, local and world history.  In lessons, they are encouraged to ask questions and carry out enquiries, using sources and other historical information to address and answer those questions.


In Geography, children are given the opportunity to study different places around the world and develop an understanding of how different human and physical processes help to shape it. They are first introduced to the features of our local area and then extend their knowledge through the study and comparison of other places around the world. Children are also taught a number of real-life skills that can be transferred into life when they grow older, such as understanding and using maps, and to be able to use directions effectively.

The History and Geography topics provide links with other areas of the curriculum, particularly Computing and English. Children often use the computers for research and also to present their findings. Furthermore, there are many opportunities for cross-curricular writing. 

How we know your child is succeeding

Assessment of pupils’ work is ongoing and is used to inform teachers’ future planning. Teachers get evidence from written outcomes and also through questioning and direct observation of children in class .