Humanities at Wellsprings
Curriculum Aims and Objectives: Humanities
At Wellsprings the teaching and learning of Humanities encourages pupils to establish links between National Curriculum subjects. The Humanities subjects are Geography, History, Religious Education and Citizenship.
The fundamental aim of the study of Humanities is to help our pupils develop an understanding of their lives and the world in which they live. This is achieved through the study of individuals, societies, cultures and the environment.
- Knowledge and understanding of chronology.
- Pupils recognise that the past can be divided into periods of time – eg Tudor, Victorian, etc.
- Develop a range and depth of historical knowledge and understanding.
- Pupils develop factual knowledge of events, people and changes in the past.
- Pupils identify with confidence some of the different ways in which the past is represented.
- Develop historical enquiry skills – pupils study evidence, ask questions and problem solve.
- Pupils develop their sense of identity through learning about their locality and the wider world.
- Knowledge and understanding of patterns and processes.
- Pupils recognise and explain selected physical and human processes.
- Pupils describe how people damage or improve the environment (sustainable development).
- Develop geographical skills and vocabulary necessary to carry out effective geographical enquiry.
RE involves the exploration of fundamental questions concerning human experience and spirituality.
- To teach children about Christianity and the other principal religions.
- To develop an understanding of the influence of beliefs, values and traditions on individuals, communities, societies and culture.
- To offer children values by which to live and to develop the habit of making moral choices.
- To promote tolerance of and sensitivity towards those with beliefs and cultural practices different from one’s own.
PSHE Education (Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education) is a planned programme of learning through which children and young people acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to successfully manage their lives – now and in the future. As part of a whole-school approach, PSHE Education develops the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society.
According to the National Curriculum, every school needs to have a broad and balanced curriculum that:
• prepares pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life;
• promotes British values.
Schools also have statutory responsibilities to safeguard their pupils (Keeping Children Safe in Education, DfE, 2019) and to uphold the Equality Act (2010).
Jigsaw is a whole-school approach and embodies a positive philosophy and creative teaching and learning activities to nurture children’s development as compassionate and well-rounded human beings as well as building their capacity to learn.
Jigsaw is a comprehensive and completely original PSHE Education programme (lesson plans and teaching resources) for the whole primary school from ages 3-11 (12 in Scotland). Written by teachers and grounded in sound psychology, it also includes all the statutory requirements for Relationships and Health Education, and Sex Education is also included in the Changing Me Puzzle (unit).
• To build their capacity for learning
• To equip them for life
Each Puzzle starts with an introductory assembly, generating a whole school focus for adults and children alike.