The teaching and learning of the humanities at Crane Park Primary is rich and relevant. History and Geography are taught in a cross-curricular way with links made through art, dance, ICT and literacy, and taught through investigation of historical and geographical sources (both primary and secondary) and in depth questioning. Equally, role-play, drama and frequent museum visits really help bring the humanities to life!
The rich and relevant curriculum begins as part of knowledge
and understanding of the world in reception, and is moved on in KS1,
in which it is taught through historical and geographical events and significant people from history, focusing on how these people and events are relevant
to us today (such as the British seaside, how it’s changed from the
past to the present, and how Florence Nightingale’s discoveries are
critical to our knowledge of sanitation today). In KS2 the focus
turns to periods of history; the units taught and learnt include some
ancient history (such as the Egyptians and the Ancient Greeks),
British history (such as the Victorians and the effect of the Romans
in Britain), and local history (of Hounslow and the surrounding area).
A high-quality history and geographical education equips pupils with various life-skills, such as being able to think critically, develop coherent arguments,
and developing children’s understanding of chronology. As well as
this, in learning and exploring the humanities, children develop a sense of
perspective about the past and present in the world around them.
These skills are all developed as children move through the
school, and will be useful to them throughout their education and