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Walton On Trent C of E Primary and Nursery School

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At Walton-on-Trent primary school we follow the national curriculum for our teaching of humanities.

The Humanities consists of the subjects of Geography and History. Each has something unique to offer the children; each one adding to a students’ understanding of their world and their place in it.

As a group of subjects, Humanities is uniquely placed to promote core universal and ‘British Values’ of respect and understanding of different cultures, religions and the environment.

Through the study of Humanities at Walton-on-Trent Primary School our students will:

  • Be curious, self-motivated and reflective learners; consistently asking and answering challenging questions and issues, whilst being open minded to evidence and other viewpoints.
  • Develop the life skill of interpreting and understanding a myriad of cultural, historical, economic, social and environmental issues within Britain, Europe and the World.
  • Be able to form, articulate and defend opinions based on evidence and understanding and therefore become active citizens and participate fully in democracy.
  • Develop high levels of literacy, oracy and graphicacy ensuring that students who study Humanities subjects develop important employability skills as well as life skills.
  • Develop into well rounded, knowledgeable and active citizens, reflecting the school values of Respect, Aspiration and Determination.



In order to achieve the aims outlined above Humanities is organised into topics across the school. These topics are set out for each class from Curriculum Maestro, these topics are used as a basis to help and support teacher planning then teachers are free to develop ideas on top of this. The teachers use creative and cross-curricular approaches as well as teaching the subjects independently. As we have mixed classes, we provide suitable learning.

Planning and evaluation of work take place in weekly plans, medium and long term plans. The Humanities subject leader will complete a book trawl to ensure curriculum coverage is consistent.  People with an interest in or expertise in a particular topic or area of history and/or may be invited into school to work with the children. Such visitors may include parents, grandparents, other family members, neighbours, and the local community. School trips are also a part of the curriculum delivery to enable children to have a wider experience of a topic.



Within history we strive to support children in analytical thinking and questioning which helps pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world and are curious to know more about the past. Through this study pupils learn to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, and develop perspective and judgement.