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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.

An understanding of the causes and consequences of change through physical and human actions and processes

Knowledge and understanding of people, cultures and events in a variety of places and at different times

Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development

A desire to be proactive local and global citizens

Communication skills - skills in questioning, formulating opinions and arguments, making judgements and carrying out investigations


  • 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.
Interpretations of History
  • 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.


Knowledge and understanding of places:
  • 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.
Knowedge and understanding of environmental relationships and issues:
  • Pupils describe how people damage or improve the environment (sustainable development).
  • Develop geographical skills and vocabulary necessary to carry out effective geographical enquiry.​

Religious Education

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.​


What is PSHE Education?
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.
What do schools have to teach in PSHE Education?
According to the National Curriculum, every school needs to have a broad and balanced curriculum that:
• promotes the spiritual, moral, social, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school;
• prepares pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life;
• promotes British values.
From September 2020, primary schools in England also need to teach Relationships and Health Education as compulsory subjects and the Department for Education strongly recommends this should also include age-appropriate Sex Education.
Schools also have statutory responsibilities to safeguard their pupils (Keeping Children Safe in Education, DfE, 2019) and to uphold the Equality Act (2010).
The Jigsaw Programme supports all.
What is Jigsaw, the mindful approach to PSHE, and how does it work?
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).
Jigsaw has two main aims for all children:
• To build their capacity for learning
• To equip them for life
Jigsaw brings together PSHE Education, compulsory Relationships and Health Education, emotional literacy, mindfulness, social skills and spiritual development. It is designed as a whole school approach, with all year groups working on the same theme (Puzzle) at the same time at their own level. There are six Puzzles (half-term units of work) and each year group is taught one lesson per week. All lessons are delivered in an age- and stage-appropriate way so that they meet children’s needs.
Each Puzzle starts with an introductory assembly, generating a whole school focus for adults and children alike.
For further information for Parents/carers, please see our guide for parents/carers about our PHSE/RSE curriculum offer, and also a leaflet which provides a useful summary.
See how Jigsaw lessons create opportunities for developing SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural)
You may also want to visit the Government’s guidance to RSE here.
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