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Wednesday 1st March 2020 - 'Keeping in Touch' letter from Mr Doherty (Newsletter section of website)
Welcome to
Holy Family Catholic Primary School
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Humanities at Holy Family

At Holy Family, we place great value on Humanities as being the foundation upon which children base their understanding of the wider world. The fantastic range of skills, learning opportunities and meaningful cross curricular links that it provides alights the children’s curiosity and engagement.

 

History

At Holy Family, we aim to inspire pupils’ curiosity, equipping them to ask and answer insightful questions, through engaging lessons, the study of artefacts, workshops and educational visits. Through the teaching of history, our children gain a deeper, coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. History helps the children to understand the differences in people’s lives, the process and impact of change and the challenges of their times. 

 

In Key Stage 1 and 2 the history curriculum is taught through cross curricular Cornerstones topics and specific history lessons. Wherever possible, links are made between other subject areas including literacy, ICT, RE and Geography. History planning ensures that the essential skills are met within each phase and that there is clear progression.

 

We believe children learn better when they are encouraged to use their imagination and apply their learning to engaging contexts. Through a carefully sequenced body of skills and knowledge, key concepts are learnt and built upon across year groups, ensuring subject depth, coherence and progression. The Curriculum is ambitious for all learners and children are given ample opportunities to embed knowledge and master new skills in a range of contexts.

 

To further enhance enrichment of the history curriculum, the children are offered a range of trips, workshops, themed weeks and extended hands-on learning in the Forest School.

Picture 1 Year 4 Roman Workshop
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“On our Roman day our visiting Roman was showing us all of the countries in the Roman Empire. They conquered lots of places! The Roman Empire was super strong and destroyed nearly every country. The man showed us his equipment, armour and weapons. A few minutes later he talked to us about how you pull an arrow from your body, throw a spear and how you stab someone.” Jawad and Ricardo

Geography

At Holy Family, we believe that Geography helps to provoke and provide answers to questions about the natural and human aspects of the world. Children are encouraged to develop a greater understanding and knowledge of the world, as well as their place in it. The geography curriculum at Holy Family enables children to develop knowledge and skills that are transferable to other curriculum areas through their Cornerstones topics.

 

We seek to inspire in children a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people which will remain with them for the rest of their lives; to promote the children’s interest and understanding of diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. The curriculum is designed to develop knowledge and skills that are progressive, as well as transferable, throughout their time at Holy Family and also to their further education and beyond.

 

To further enhance enrichment of the Geography curriculum, the children are offered a range of trips, workshops, themed weeks and extended hands-on learning in the Forest School.

Year 3: Learning on the River Thames

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Year 3 explored environmental issues which affect the river and the creatures that live there as well as the impact of human activity. 
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