Humanities

Humanities


To view our Humanities frameworks please click below:

History Framework 

Geography Framework


Intent:

· Explore the purpose & meaning of their lives,

· Build their sense of identity & self-worth and

· Develop the values that will help them to become active, inclusive and thoughtful citizens.

Implementation:

The Humanities curriculum is split into three subjects, History, Geography and Religious Studies.

Each area of study has a framework which supports learning of skills and knowledge.

Every term a topic is followed, some examples are, inventions and discoveries, where things grow/recycling, castles/knights/invaders and local environment/history. Humanities is taught explicitly for one hour a week but it is also embedded in religious festivals and cross curricular activities.

Studying Humanities gives children the opportunity to develop an understanding of why the world and its people are the way they are today. Children are encouraged to ask and answer questions, evaluate evidence and present points of view on what they have learnt.

The curriculum is personalised for pupils and it adapts its approaches to the curriculum for pupils with different needs and in different school phases. The school phases include:

Holistic curriculum:

For our holistic curriculum the focus is for pupils to have exposure of historical, geographical and religious events through real life scenarios. This could be visiting Signiant local historical sites such as Glastonbury tot or local castles. We believe that our pupils learn best when they experience things in real life.

Evidence will be demonstrated on evidence for learning and will often be real life activities and learning rather than work in books.

Formal curriculum:

In IEYFA and KS1, activities are planned in relation to “Understanding the world” in a cross curricular way through topic areas that are engaging and enjoyable.

During KS2/KS3 pupils will learn about British History from the Stone Age to the present day and will look at connections between different time periods and their own lives.

In KS3/kS4 some pupils are able to follow the National Curriculum and are able to access the ASDAN qualification.

Our aim is to offer regular trips or in house experiences each term to promote a love for learning and enhance real life experiences. We believe that learning in a real life environment brings more than academic reward, but it inspires pupils to want to see and do more.

Impact 

It is our aim that through our humanities learning and experiences, children will become responsible citizens, understanding their role in protecting our world and environment and knowing how they can cause positive change and development as they grow. They will also have chronological understanding of British History from Stone Age to present day and will be able to draw comparisons and make connections between different time periods and their own lives. All can be supported through our visits and visitor bringing the outside and facts, to real life. Through all experiences we hope the humanities curriculum will develop our learners to be independent and critical thinkers. 

Diwali 2023
During the week 13th – 17th November, Primary and Secondary classes at The Mendip School learnt about and celebrated the Hindu festival, Diwali. Diwali is known as the Festival of Light and is celebrated across five days. 
 
– We made Rangoli patterns through sensory play with dyed rice, colouring and arranging 2D shapes to celebrate day 1 – Dhanteras.
– We worked on our fine motor skills, tracing or designing our own beautiful Henna patterns on template hands or by drawing around our own to explore day 2 – Naraka Chaturdasi.
– We decorated and constructed paper lanterns to replicate Diyas, the oil lanterns lit on day 3 – Lakshmi Puja
– We learnt about how Hindus celebrate Diwali in the family home through songs and stories, and discussed love within families to celebrate days 4 and 5, Bali Pratipada and  Bhai Dooj. 
 
Take a look at our photos to see the different ways in which we celebrated Diwali! 
Remembrance 2023

This November, The Mendip School stopped to remember those who have served and sacrificed for their country. The school participated in a two minute silence to reflect upon, and show respect and gratitude to the armed forces past and present, who have lost their lives fighting for their country. Pupils learnt about Remembrance through a range of teaching strategies including sensory exploration, Attention Autism ‘Bucket’ sessions, artwork, stories, videos, songs, key stage assemblies, and explicit lessons about WWI and WWII.