Humanities

WW2 Project Mar 18:
Year 6 have had a great time preparing their homework projects for the end of their WW2 projects. They researched and presented areas as diverse as: fashion, food and rationing, the Bristol Blitz, evacuation and several important battles. They presented their homework to each other in the hall and then our reading buddies in Year 1 were invited up to share in the learning.
There was a jubilant atmosphere in year 6 (not only because we’re nearing the end of term!) as on Wednesday we were transported back to the 8th of May 1945 to celebrate the end of the war – VE day!
We had lots of fun throughout the day culminating in an extraordinary afternoon. First we had two fantastic swing dance teachers who taught us to throw some shapes, 1940s style – hopefully you can check these out on the website soon. Our day ended with a wonderful street party and feast where we continued the dancing.
We would like to thank our parent helper for the day and all parents for their help with the amazing costumes.
Yr 3 Stone Age Project Jan 18:
This week 3KA and 3TC made their way to Bristol Museum to take part in a Stone Age to Iron Age workshop. We were thrilled to explore and handle artefacts from the Palaeolithic, Neolithic and Bronze Age times. It was amazing to be able to understand the process of knapping using a flint stone and a hammer stone and to feel the final result – a spearhead! After our workshop (and a delicious lunch) we had some time to explore the permanent collections in the museum before heading back to school to evaluate our learning. Behaviour was exemplary from all children and Mr Curry and Miss Antoniou were very proud of how the children represented the school. Humongous thanks to those parents who volunteered to accompany us on our trip – we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!

Year 3 take a trip back through the millenium to the Stone Age Era! 

On Thursday 14th January Year 3 visited a Bristol Forest Schools site in Leigh Woods to become Stone Age children for the day.

They were involved in a range of activities including creating traps in the forest and building dens from natural resources which were tested to see how waterproof they were. Thankfully, thanks to fantastic team work, the children remained dry and safe in their final creations.

The day was rounded off with toasted marshmallows on a wood lit fire. Although this was not a Stone Age tradition, it was a fun end to a brilliant day and the children were able to use the charcoal left from the fire to create Stone Age drawings around the forest! 

Subject Leader: Mrs Rowe
 
Selection of Humanities Events:
Year 4 Romans Mar 18:
Year 4 had a fabulous and educational day at the Roman Baths on Monday. In the morning, we explored ancient Roman society by walking through the Museum whilst listening to Michael Rosen explaining it all on our audioguides. We were especially enchanted with the natural hot springs in the baths that bubbles from underground. The Romans used to think this water was sacred, believing that the steam rising from it was the breath of Sulis Minerva, their most revered goddess. We were also eager to try drinking the spring water, which Romans thought had healing properties. It turned out that it wasn’t as delicious as we thought! 

In the afternoon we all piled into the activity room where we learned about Roman cooking (did you know that Romans used to eat rotten fish guts, peacock brains and mice dipped in honey?) and were shown authentic ancient Roman artefacts. We also tried our hand at making mosaics, and put our fashion sense to the test as we dressed ourselves in the Togas and Tunics that the ancient Romans used to wear.
 
Back at school we then had a Roman Day to sample ourselves what it must have been like, eating Roman food and going into Roman battle!

Year 5 loved the Vikings topic Dec 17!

A scary hoard of Vikings arrived at school on Monday morning, as Year 5 took part in a Viking day to celebrate the end of their History topic. We had a wonderful time sharing our homework projects with Year 3 before making some Viking bread for our feast. After lunch, the children made some Viking word searches, board  games and secret messages written in Viking Ruins. They had a fantastic day and it is clear just how much they have enjoyed our topic. Mrs Brown's honey cake finished the day off really well along with our bread!

Year 2 visit Slimbridge Oct 17:
Year 2 had a fantastic trip to Slimbridge on Monday, linking to our topic about habitats. 
We had a chance to meet a variety of birds, amphibians and other wetland creatures, many that we have learnt about in our story One Night Far From Here. 
Hurricane Ophelia did not put us off, we had a super workshop looking closely at the habitat and life of a beaver and had our own personal feed of Slimbridge's Otter. Thank you to all the parent helpers for making this trip possible!

Humanities - History and Geography

Subject Leader: Mrs Rowe

Aims

To ensure that children develop their ability to question and enquire about their place in the world from the local then international and finally a world-wide perspective.

To ensure appropriate and in-depth subject knowledge to meet the rigorous requirements of the 2014 National Curriculum for History and Geography.
 Year group  Term 1  Term 2  Term 3  Term 4  Term 5  Term 6
 1

History - Toys from past

 

History - Guy Fawkes Geography -Local area study

Map work of local area. 
 
 Geography -Identifying continents, hot and cold places etc.    

History- Local historical figure – Black Beard/Edward Teach

Geography- Comparison of non-European place 
 
 2

History - Toys from past

 

History - Guy Fawkes Geography -Local area study

Map work of local area. 
 
 Geography -Identifying continents, hot and cold places etc. SATS  SATS 

History- Local historical figure – Black Beard/Edward Teach

Geography- Comparison of non-European place 
 
 3 History- Ancient Egypt 

History -Stone age to Iron age

Geography -

Basic map work skills

Continents and capital cities

Local area fieldwork 
 
History -Stone age to Iron age  Geography - Rivers and the water cycle 

History -Coastal History

Geography - Coastal area compared to European coastal area 
 Geography - Volcanoes and Earthquakes
 4  Geography – Local area study   Geography – our world
History/Geography - The Romans and their effect on Britain 
 
 History/Geography - The Romans and their effect on Britain
 
 History/Geography – The Anglo-Saxons and their effect on Britain
 
 History/Geography – The Anglo-Saxons and their effect on Britain
 
 5  

Geography - Counties in UK

Longitude / Latitude
 

History – The Vikings

Geography - Comparing settlements
 
 

Geography - Comparing two UK (coastal) regions

Water cycle
Geography – Trade   History – Ancient Greece Geography – Locating countries  Geography – using maps, compass skills 
 6 Geography – global locational knowledge 
Geography - Locate sources of energy in local area (Severn Estuary) 
 
   SATS SATS 

History - Mayan civilisation circa AD 900

Geography - Local locational knowledge (Fry’s)

How the subject is taught at Christ Church

At Christ Church we follow a skills based integrated curriculum which actively seeks to promote links between subjects. History and Geography, under the banner of ‘Project,’ lie at the heart of this. As a school we believe that learning is most meaningful to the children when they are able to make links between subjects and explore themes in depth.

Within the Project format, there is often a challenge event at the end of a topic that will give the children an opportunity to apply what they have learnt in a meaningful context. Recent examples of this are Viking Day in Year 5, Roman Day in Year 4 and the creation of a French Café in Year 2.

At Christ Church we are fortunate to be able to utilise our beautiful and historic city and surrounding area for field trips and visits. Recently the children have visited the Roman Baths, explored the River Avon by boat, travelled to Aust beach on the local train, walked to our two local libraries, visited Forest School in Leigh Woods. We also use our local Museums and National Trust properties such as Tyntesfield whenever possible to augment and enrich our curriculum.

 

Assessment

Children’s outcomes in lessons are used to inform planning. At the end of a unit of work each child is assessed against the subjects National Curriculum objectives using must, should and could criteria. By the end of the school year the class teacher will have built a record of all children’s progress in their cohort for subject leaders to analyse and new class teachers can use them to gain a picture of new classes progress and attainment in order to inform planning and teaching.

 

Opportunities for the application of maths, literacy and computing skills 

Our curriculum map ensures that while discrete Geography and History skills are covered, the projects we follow are intrinsically cross-curricular wherever possible. At times it is appropriate to link Project with a current Power of Reading book which enables the children to extend their links into Literacy and often Maths as well. 

Examples of this are mapping world climate temperatures onto bar charts, practising our orienteering and map reading skills at Tyntesfield and using ICT extensively for researching all History and Geography topics. Literacy, of course, lends itself to extended writing from all periods in history. Year 5 have written in role as a monk facing a Viking raid.