Learning in History and Geography

At St Barnabas we aim to:

  • stimulate the children’s interest and understanding of how people live in the past.

  • develop an awareness of life in the past in other cultures.

  • develop a sense of time.

  • appreciate the importance of change.

  • understand that the society in which they live has been shaped by developments in the past.

  • appreciate the roles that individuals and events have played in shaping modern society.

  • develop respect for evidence and historical sites.

  • develop the skills of enquiry, investigation, analysis, interpretation, evaluation and presentation.

  • enable children to gain knowledge and understanding of places and environments in the world

  • increase children’s knowledge of other cultures and, in doing so, teach a respect and understanding of what it means to be a positive citizen in a multi cultural country

  • allow children to learn graphic skills, including how to use, draw and interpret maps

  • enable children to know and understand environment problems at a local, regional and global level

  • encourage in children a commitment to sustainable development and an appreciation of what ‘global citizenship’ means

  • develop a variety of skills, including those of enquiry, problem solving, ICT, investigation and how to present conclusions in the most appropriate way

  • foster confidence in working a variety of situations such as individuals, pairs, groups and as a whole class, in a variety of contexts

  • encourage children to be positive and motivated when tackling historical and geographical tasks

  • develop children’s appreciation of the different views held by other people

  • use historical and geographical language with increasing accuracy

Curriculum Organisation

Humanities is:

  • taught in accordance with the National Curriculum ensuring all programmes of study are covered within each key stage including the Foundation stage.

  • taught using a skills based approach within a topic themed curriculum

Equal Opportunity

Humanities will be taught in accordance with the school policy for Equal Opportunities and the requirements of the National Curriculum. Consideration will be made for children with physical disabilities when planning historical or geographical activities to ensure full access to the curriculum.

Humanities will actively promote multicultural awareness and provide a positive approach towards equal opportunities in race, gender and ability.


The teaching and organisation of humanities will:

  • where appropriate, be supported by educational visits and visitors to enhance learning.

  • include the use of a variety of primary and secondary sources, eg. artefacts, adults talking about their own past, pictures, photographs and aerial photographs, newspapers, census data and other written sources, video footage, educational broadcasts, CD roms, music, maps, statistics, graphs, .

  • involve an enquiry approach, with work organised around key geographical and historical questions.

  • include a practical approach with hands-on activities, role play and discussions and presenting reports to the class.

  • promote effective use of ICT

  • provide challenge and extension for more able children

Contribution of humanities to the teaching of other subjects

Humanities teaching makes a significant contribution to the teaching of other subjects across the curriculum.