Humanities

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! 

Yr 4 Romans Feb 16:

Term 4 saw Year 4 take on the Romans! 

We began studying the topic through an amazing trip to the Roman Baths in Bath. This included a variety of activities including looking at Roman artifacts, making Roman mosaics and dressing up in a toga. We had fun imagining what life would have been like as a Roman but decided we'd rather wear our current clothes than a toga each day!

In the afternoon we explored the Roman Baths with the help of an audio guide. We learnt so much throughout the trip and particularly enjoyed meeting a rich Roman lady by the Bath who told us about the history of the baths.

On Wednesday 3rd February, we performed a class assembly to the school. Some of the highlights included the dramatic retelling of the story of Romulus and Remus, as well as a fantastic Roman song, complete with actions. 

Finally we had an amazing Roman Day acting out all we had learnt. 

 

Selection of Humanities Events through the year:

Year 5 loved the Vikings topic!

Term 2 saw Year 5 transformed into Vicious Vikings. We learnt how the Vikings came from Scandinavia and were invaders and settlers. They attacked a monastery at Lindisfarne in 783 AD, which was the start of the Viking era in Britain. We used our knowledge from our project lessons to help us write in character during our Literacy lessons. We also learnt about the effect the Vikings had on the Anglo-Saxons, the food they ate, the clothes they wore and different jobs they had. In our D&T lessons we learnt about how the Viking traders and raiders used to travel across the seas in longships and we made our own versions which contained a pulley to raise and lower the sails.

Our learning about the Vikings culminated in a Viking Day at the end of term which saw everyone, even Mrs Brown, Mrs Rowe and Mrs Williamson, dressing up as a Viking for the day. We made and decorated Viking shields, learnt how to make Viking bread and even made powerpoints for Year 4 to share our learning with them. The highlight of the day was getting to eat some freshly made honey cake. Our project homework for the term was to show our learning in some way. We had a huge variety of homework to share from Viking helmets, Viking recipe books and cooking to videos and online diaries about life as a Viking. It was a fantastic chance to see what the children had learnt and enjoyed.

Here are some photos of the highlights. 

Yr 4 Anglo Saxons July 16:

Year 4 have had a fantastic two terms studying the Anglo Saxons which has been a new addition to the curriculum this year.

They have looked at the reasons why the Anglo Saxons succeeded the Romans to take power in Britain. They also explored  the reasons for the Northern European tribes  leaving their own countries and what happened when they got to East Anglia.

Year 4 have discovered lots of facts about the farming communities and settlements of the Anglo Saxon era and have had a go at writing with runes and composing Kennings poems which originated in Anglo Saxon times.

Every single child has made a fantastic effort to research and build an Anglo Saxon house for their project homework and these are currently on display in the corridor outside the practical room.

All of the children's learning was presented beautifully in an assembly this morning and both of their teachers are very proud of them...Superstars!

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.