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Humanities Curriculum Hoyland common primary school

Intent - Knowledge, skills and the National Curriculum

At HCPS, both History and Geography are taught within topics to ensure depth and rigour, whilst being underpinned by the accelerated learning approach to teaching and learning.

The key concepts, principles and themes have been developed from the National Curriculum into a range of progressive knowledge and skills through which the children are helped to grow and develop to succeed in 21st century Britain. This knowledge and skills based curriculum allows a creative way of teaching and learning, enabling us to move away from discrete lessons into a more meaningful, engaging, topic based approach.

Children regularly take part in home learning linked to geography and history. This is just one example of the Year 5's fantastic home learning project linked to their World War II topic.

The curriculum we offer is designed to meet the needs of all our pupils. It is rich, varied, imaginative and ambitious and meets the needs of individual learners which can easily be adapted for pupils with additional needs. Approaching teaching and learning in this way, allows all children to access and enjoy exploring geographical and historical skills and knowledge.

"I'm enjoying learning about Route 66, it's really interesting looking at all the different states and how long the route is," Year 3 pupil.
Implementation - Accelerated Learning

History and Geography are not taught discreetly and are fully embedded across the whole curriculum. The Humanities Curriculum is rich and varied and provides our pupils with the skills required for life in the 21st Century.

The Accelerated Learning Cycle, based on the work of Alastair Smith, is applied in all lessons. It stems from the idea of a supportive and challenging learning environment. The cycle has active engagement through multi- sensory learning, encourages the demonstrating understanding of learning in a variety of ways and the consolidation of knowing.

Children use atlases regularly within lessons to ensure they develop a key understanding of map skills, allowing them to investigate any continent, country or ocean they may wish.

A gather, skills, apply approach to planning and delivery of lessons is taken across school to ensure children develop a deep understanding of specific skills and are able to apply these in a range of situations. This ensures that children are equipped with the necessary skills to acquire knowledge in different areas, whether this be: The Tudors, World War II, The Ancient Greeks or Route 66.

WHAT WE OFFER: Educational experiences outside of the school environment, Geography themed weeks, purposeful skills based learning to support acquiring knowledge.
Impact - Summative & Formative Assessment

Formative assessment is ongoing throughout each lesson. This allows teachers to judge progress and make flexible adaptions to their planned teaching. Ongoing formative assessment ensures that skills are secured before progressing onto the next step.

Our learning environments surround the children with their learning, knowledge and any key vocabulary they can make links with throughout the duration of their topic.

Through this regular ongoing assessment, tasks are matched to the ability of each child through differentiated activities, adult support, providing a level of challenge that is stimulating for pupils and questioning skills.

Educational visits enrich the children's skills and knowledge in a focused area linked to their current learning. Year 4 conducted a fieldwork survey in Sheffield as part of their 'Proud to be Yorkshire' topic.

INCERTS is used as a summative assessment to assess foundation subjects. The knowledge and skills based curriculum is regularly highlighted to identify any gaps or misconceptions to be addressed or passed onto the following teachers.

Regular development of a particular skill, for example using an atlas & maps, ensures that children become more independent with this skill. This allows them to acquire new knowledge with a greater level of independence.
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