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 The Humanities - History and Geography

The Humanities at Lynsted 

The humanities enable our children to learn new and knowledge, whilst revisiting previously learnt skills. The vocabulary and knowledge they learn here can  drive or support learning in other subjects.

 Our children investigate and explore both geographical and historical skills and knowledge on their own and also as part of groups. They are encouraged to ask questions, communicate ideas and draw their own conclusions as well as research points of interest on their own. 

Not all humanities lessons result in a written piece, as this is not the main way of assessing knowledge. Learning can be recorded through floor books which record lessons and teacher assessments of skills taught.

To encourage reading across the curriculum we have invested in books for every topic that are age appropriate and enable to the children to enrich their learning in school. Topic books are on display in each classroom and the children are invited to read them and the teachers will also take time to read them to the children.

It is our belief that lessons should be fun, practical and diverse. The lessons taught, allow the children to explore and become involved in the world around them; helping them to learn how the past has shaped our lives and how we can shape the future. 

History intent at Lynsted & Norton school

Throughout their time at Lynsted and Norton school the children will learn about the lives and customs of a range of civilisations and specific individuals throughout time. We have identified the knowledge that we want our children to know and understand and skills are developed and added to as years go up with a developing sense of chronology.

The final years within the school focus on British history as a main focus to give  the children a clear vision of what it is to be British and where we have come from.

 When we have completed a series of lessons we share our learning with the school on the whole school display.

History at Lynsted is divided up into several progressions which are combined to help children develop both the skills and knowledge they need.

Historical knowledge and understanding

EYFS: “Children talk about past and present events in their own lives and in the lives of family members”

KS1: “(Children should know about) significant historical events, people and places.”

KS2: “Pupils should continue to develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of British, local and world history…They should note connections, contrasts and trends over time.

Historical Enquiry - Skills

EYFS: “They begin to understand the similarities and differences between themselves and others, and among families, communities, and traditions.”

KS1: “Children should understand some of the ways in which we find out about the past and identify different ways in which it is represented.”

KS2: “Children should understand how our knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources.”

Chronological Understanding

EYFS: “To talk about past and present events in their own lives and in the lives of family members.”

KS1: “They should know where the people and events they study fit within a chronological framework and identify similarities and differences between ways of life in different periods.”

KS2: “ Pupils should continue to develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of British, local and world history, establishing clear narratives within and across the periods they study.”

 Historical interpretation 

EYFS: Children are beginning to identify a way in which the past is represented such as photographs.

KS1: Children are beginning to identify away in which the past is represented such as photographs, stories and films

KS2: Children know that some events, people and changes have been interpreted in different ways and suggest possible reasons for this.

Geography Intent at Lynsted & Norton school

 The geography curriculum at Lynsted is inquiry based and allows children to question and find out. We have looked at the knowledge and the skills we are teaching to show that they build upon each other. Our Geography progression can be seen here.

  When they leave Lynsted our children will have a clear knowledge of the world, know how to read an atlas, understand an ordinance survey map and have a good knowledge of a range of physical and human features.

 Like History each topic is recorded for the children on a whole school map which can be found in the entrance hall.

As with history knowledge and skills progressions combine to support learning 

Geographical skills and fieldwork

EYFS: They talk about the features of their own immediate environment and how environments might vary from one another.

 They make observations of animals and plants and explain why some things occur, and talk about changes

KS1:  Use simple fieldwork and observational skills to study the geography of their school and its grounds and the key human and physical features of its surrounding environment.

Use aerial photographs and plan perspectives to recognise landmarks and basic human and physical features; devise a simple map; and use and construct basic symbols in a key.

KS2: Use fieldwork to observe, measure, record and present the human and physical features in the local area using a range of methods, including sketch maps, plans and graphs, and digital technologies.

Use mapping to locate countries and describe features studied.  Use maps, charts etc. to support decision making about the location of places e.g. new bypass.

Use the eight points of a compass, four and six-figure grid references, symbols and key (including the use of Ordnance Survey maps) to build his/her knowledge of the United Kingdom and the wider world

Human and Physical Geography - knowledge

EYFS: To identify different types of weather in our own environment and surroundings.

To know about similarities and differences in relation to places, objects, materials and living things

KS1: To identify seasonal and daily weather patterns in the United Kingdom and locate the hot and cold areas of the world.

Use basic geographical vocabulary to refer to key human features, including: city, town, village, factory, farm, house, office, port, harbour and shop.

KS2: To describe and understand key aspects of physical geography, including climate zones and vegetation belts.

To describe and understand key aspects of human geography, including: types of settlement and land use, economic activity including trade links, and the distribution of natural resources including energy, food, minerals and water.

Locational knowledge

KS1: Locate the 7 continents and 5 oceans

 Locate the 4 countries and capital cities of the UK

 Name, locate and identify characteristics of the seas surrounding the United Kingdom

KS2: Name and locate counties and cities of the United Kingdom, geographical regions and their identifying human and physical characteristics, key topographical features (including hills, mountains, coasts and rivers), and land-use patterns; and understand how some of these aspects have changed over time.

Identify the position and significance of latitude, longitude, Equator, Northern Hemisphere, Southern Hemisphere, the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn, Arctic and Antarctic Circle, the Prime/Greenwich Meridian and time zones (including day and night).

Locate the world's countries, using maps to focus on Europe (including the location of Russia) and North and South America, concentrating on their environmental regions, key physical and human characteristics, countries, and major cities. 

Place knowledge

EYFS: They talk about the features of their own immediate environment and how environments might vary from one another.

KS1: Develop an awareness of how places relate to each other.

Understand geographical similarities and differences through studying the human and physical geography of a small area of the United Kingdom, and of a small area in a contrasting non-European country.

KS2: Understand geographical similarities and differences through the study of human and physical geography of a region of the United Kingdom, a region in a European country, and a region within North or South America. 

Implementation of the humanities at Lynsted & Norton school

 Our curriculum is designed so that where possible children will be able to make links with knowledge and skills across other subjects. Lessons use both written and practical skills and recording will vary.

 Some terms there may not be a specific focus on certain areas and others will have an in-depth focus. The humanities are taught in a flexible manner, sometimes in blocks, sometimes through other subjects, like literacy and sometimes independently.

 You can see how we focus on the Early Years here for Geography and for History

Humanities Blog

Spring Term 

Here are the knowledge and skills webs for what we are learning in geography and history this term, by class.

Griffin - Civilisations

We learnt about canopic jars

Trolls - Vikings

We researched and created our own timelines (OL) and Jacob created a fantastic report on Beowulf and the colours is where he made it even better with increased description and editing. Well done!

Elves - Where we live 


We made maps of our local area.


 Trolls have begun their 'Invaders and Settlers' topic this week. This term their focus is Anglo Saxons - Here they are ordering timelines.

Griffin have finished their topic on Antarctica and Earnest Shackleton and have finished the book 'Ice Trap'