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Blossomfield

Infant and Nursery School

'Blossom at Blossomfield'

Humanities

 

 

 

 

Humanities
 

The programmes of study that we follow are:

Foundation Stage: Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) statutory framework. (Understanding the World)
Key Stage 1: National Curriculum 2014

 

Subject leader: Miss R Blake

 

At Blossomfield School we believe that Humanities education should provide children with the opportunities and resources to develop their curiosity of the world through a range of Historical and Geographical skills. The children are encouraged to talk about:

  • Past and present events within their lives and the lives of people around them.
  • Similarities and differences between themselves and others within their families, different communities and traditions across the world.
  • The similarities and differences between places, objects and living things.
  • Features of their environment and how these can vary from one another.

 

 

 

“We are not makers of History. We are made by History”
Martin Luther King, Jr

History
Here at Blossomfield School we strive to ensure that children are motivated and curious within their History lessons whereby they are inspired to further develop their learning. Children are taught about themselves, people and events using a broad curriculum and variety of resources such as stories, videos, artefacts, trips and more.

History allows children to learn about not just facts and dates, but about significant individuals and significant events within both their living and non-living memory. Children regularly compare and contrast events, people and artefacts in the past discussing why things have changed and the impact these changes have had on today’s society. We actively encourage the children to question what they have learnt considering both cause and effect of events. The children are taught about the difference between how people lived in the past compared to how we live now and are exposed to real life experiences, such as educational trips and visits, in order to fully immerse themselves into the topic area.

 

 

 

“Geography is a living, breathing subject, constantly adapting itself to change. It is dynamic & relevant. For me, Geography is a great adventure with a purpose”
Michael Palin

Geography
Geography at Blossomfield enriches children’s learning whereby they develop their knowledge of people and places across the world through engaging and discussion based lessons. Children’s learning focuses on four main areas within Geography; Locational knowledge, Place knowledge, Human and Physical geography and Geographical skills and fieldwork, together these allow children to explore Geography in a meaningful and practical way.

Children’s learning starts from talking about their holidays and places they have visited, learning moves onto thinking about the weather and seasonal changes within the world. Children are taught to research by exploring maps, atlases and globes during their learning in which they discover facts and information about both their local area and another area of the world, for example, the Rainforest or the Seaside. Additionally, children are encouraged to research places and events using the internet and activities on the interactive whiteboards. Through discussions and discrete learning, children are taught to understand basic relevant vocabulary within context. Children are exposed to a variety of activities where they are able to put new skills learnt into practice.

 

  

 

OVERVIEW IN HUMANITIES FROM NURSERY TO YEAR 2
 

 

NURSERY

RECEPTION

YEAR 1

YEAR 2

TERM

 

 

 

 

autumn 1

Who Am I?

 

Understanding the World (Geography)

  • British Food Week
  • Our family – Where am I from?
  • Local area & different languages.

Me in my World

 

Understanding the World (Geography)

  • British Food Week
  • Changing seasons

Understanding the World (History)

  • Past and present.

 

Geography – Caves or Waves

  • Explore and compare Shirley and the Seaside.
  • Maps and symbols.
  • Identify human and physical features.
  • Role play and discuss different jobs within the seaside.

History – WW2

  • WW2 – what do we already know?
  • Fact finding about WW2.
  • Adolf Hitler.
  • What was ‘The Blitz’?
  • What was ‘Evacuation’?
  • What did rationing mean and what was rationing?
  • How have schools changed?
  • Spywatch
  • Carrot cookies
  • Women’s jobs in WW2.
  • Educational visits.

autumn 2

How do we Celebrate?

 

Understanding the World (History)

  • Bonfire night / Guy Fawkes.
  • Birth to now – why birthdays are important. When was I born?

Understanding the World (Geography)

  • Rama & Sita and where the story came from – looking at India.

You are my Hero

 

Understanding the World (History)

  • Bonfire night / Guy Fawkes.

 

Understanding the World (Geography)

  • People who help us in our local area.

 

History – What’s in a Gift?

  • Compare toys then and now.
  • Sort toys into old and new.
  • Identify how toys have changed over the years.

Additional areas of History

  • Guy Fawkes
  • Remembrance Day

spring 1

That’s Incredible!

Communication and Language / Understanding the World (Geography)

  • Role-play – Caves, deep, dark woods.
  • Habitats – what we find in the local area.

Understanding the World (History)

  • Cooking – Fossil biscuits.
  • Dinosaurs.

Once Upon a Time

 

Understanding the World (Geography)

  • Changing seasons

Understanding the World (History)

  • Chronology – when my teacher was a child.
  • Traditional tales and where they started.

History / Geography – Super Structures

  • Explore and compare castles found in four countries and capital cities of the UK.
  • Key jobs within castles; cook, jester, knight and gang farmer.
  • Features of castles.
  • Drama and role-play.
  • Isambard Kingdom Brunel. – Clifton Suspension Bridge

History – Famous Faces

  • Name famous people.
  • Florence Nightingale/Mary Seacole/Edith Cavell.
  • William Shakespeare.
  • Differences between hospitals then/now.
  • Fact finding and fact files.

spring 2

All around our World

Communication and Language (Geography)

  • Around the World in 30 Days.

Understanding the World (Geography)

  • Endangered species.
  • Understanding different ways of life.
  • Discuss their familiar world.
  • Climate change around the world.
  • Cooking food from around the world.
  • Nursery links to other schools.

How does your Garden grow?

 

Understanding the World (Geography)

  • Changing seasons
  • Where does food come from – linking to British foods.

History – To Infinity and Beyond

  • Neil Armstrong / Christopher Columbus / Tim Peake / Helen Sharman.
  • Using timelines to sequence space exploration.
  • Comparing events over time.

Geography – Rainforest (Amazon)

  • Layers and features of the Rainforest.
  • Introduce the equator/continents.
  • Foods from the amazon.
  • Human and physical features.
  • Rainforest silhouette artwork.
  • Children living in the rainforest.
  • Three tribes; Pygmy, Huli and Yanomami.
  • Homes in the rainforest.
  • Deforestation debate.

summer 1

All Aboard

 

Understanding the World (Geography)

  • Places we have visited and how did we get there.

Understanding the World (History)

  • Transport through History.

 

All things Wild

Communication and Language / Understanding the World (Geography)

  • Animals in captivity.
  • Animals in the wild – where do they come from?
  • Our local area.
  • Mini-beasts in our school, mini-beasts in our local area.
  • Changing seasons
     

Geography – Curious Creatures

  • Explore different animals.
  • What animals live in our local area.

summer 2

Splish, Splash, Splosh.

 

Understanding the World (Geography)

  • Where does water come from?
  • Olympics
  • Which Ocean do these animals live in, where are these oceans?

 

Commotion in the Ocean

 

Understanding the World (Geography)

  • Sealife – where do these animals live?
  • Naming oceans.

 

Geography – What’s Around Us?

  • Walks of the local area
  • Maps and symbols.
  • Human and Physical features.
  • Using aerial photographs.
  • Fieldwork

Geography – Weather

  • Watch weather forecasts – what are they?
  • Weather symbols.
  • Role play as forecasters.
  • Recording daily weather.
  • Seasons.
  • Hot and cold countries.

 

 

School Values

Below are our core values.

Happiness

Respect

Caring

Responsibility

Perseverance

Independence

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