Humanities

For both History and Geography, we follow an adapted version of the English National Curriculum. We enrich our learning with offsite visits and residentials, and take pride in not only learning about well-known historical world events and geographical locations, but also place a large emphasis on finding out about where we currently live; whether that be learning about France’s major landmarks, or the earthquake that destroyed the nearby village of Arette in 1967. We strive to make our Humanities lessons exciting and inspiring and for the children to develop a love of these two important subjects.

 

History

Our high-quality history curriculum helps pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of the past in France and that of the wider world. It aims to inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past and equip pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. History helps pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time.

 

Aims and Purposes:

 

Key Stage 1:

In Key Stage 1, History is about the lives and lifestyles of familiar people in the recent past and about famous people and events in the more distant past, including those from French history.

Children will:

  • Learn about familiar and famous people and about events from the recent and more distant past in France and elsewhere;
  • Look for similarities and differences between life today and in the past and use common words associated with the passing of time;
  • Talk and write about what happened and why people acted as they did;
  • Find out about the past using different sources of information and representations.

Key Stage 2:

In Key Stage 2, History is about people and important events and developments from recent and more distant times in the locality, in France and in other parts of the world.

In History, our aim is to develop children’s attainment in five key areas:

  • Chronological understanding.
  • Organisation and communication.
  • Historical enquiry.
  • Historical interpretation.
  • Awareness of events, people and changes in the past.

 

Example Topics

Below are examples of some of the topics that we study in History.
Grade 1: Family Trees
Grade 2: Castles
Grade 3: Ancient Civilisations: The Egyptians
Grade 4: Ancient Civilisations: The Romans
Grade 5: Nelson Mandela and Apartheid
Grade 6: Pau – Then and Now: La Belle Epoque

Geography

We offer a high-quality geography education that aims to inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. Through our teaching, we equip pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. As pupils progress, their growing knowledge about the world should help them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments. Geographical knowledge, understanding and skills provide the frameworks and approaches that explain how the Earth’s features at different scales are shaped, interconnected and change over time.

As well as this, we pride ourselves on giving the children the opportunity to fully appreciate the beautiful country that we are living in and throughout both key stages, teach specific topics about France’s human and physical geography, whilst also including studies of its major landmarks and rich culture.

 

Aims and Purposes:

Key Stage 1

Geography teaching offers opportunities to:

  • Stimulate children’s interest in their surroundings and in the variety of human and physical conditions on the Earth’s surface.
  • Foster children’s sense of wonder at the beauty of the world around them.
  • Help children to develop an informed concern about the quality of the environment and the future of the human habitat.
  • Enhance children’s sense of responsibility for the care of the Earth and its people.

 

Key Stage 2

In Geography, we aim to develop children’s:

  • Geographical enquiry skills.
  • Knowledge and understanding of places.
  • Knowledge and understanding of patterns and physical and human processes.
  • Knowledge and understanding of environmental change and sustainable development.

 

Example Topics

Below are examples of some of the topics that we study in Geography.

Grade 1: Pau VS Arette: Comparing two different localities
Journeys and Explorers

Grade 2: Deforestation
Following Directions (Directional language)

Grade 3: FRANCE: Departments, cites and major landmarks
The Seven Wonders of the World

Grade 4: Earthquakes
Flags of the World

Grade 5: Coasts and Erosion
Reading Maps

Grade 6: Volcanoes and Pompeii
Continents, Countries, Oceans and Seas