This term, from Reception to Year 4, we have introduced, a new thematic humanities curriculum. Each theme includes a driving question to frame learning and to provide a bigger picture view. For example, for the theme ‘Amazing Islands’, the children will seek to answer the question ‘Are humans improving the world?’

In Year 1, the theme this term is ‘Amazing Animals’, and the children will be journeying to other continents and learning about different environments and the animals with whom we share our planet. The children will also be investigating the similarities and differences between humans and animals and will be inspired with animal-based artwork by Henri Rousseau and Henry Moore.

The theme for the Year 2s is ‘Trailblazers’. The children will be discussing aspirations and learning about key inventions and explorers who have influenced our lives and the world in which we live. This will include people such as the Wright brothers, Alexander Graham Bell and Sir Tim Berners-Lee. The children will also look at the Eden Project and will be investigating what plants need to grow.

In Year 3, the theme for this term is ‘Around the World’, and the children will be learning about different biomes as well as what life is like for people living in different parts of the world. In lessons this week, the children have discussed whether Greenland is part of North America or Europe (it depends on whether you are looking at things from a geographical or political perspective) and they have also mapped Phileas Fogg’s journey around the world on the map in the corridor outside of their classroom (do have a look, if you get a chance!)  Next week the Year 3s (and the Year 4s) are off to RHS Wisley. The Year 3s will be plant hunters, journeying through steamy rainforests and arid deserts, before creating their own biomes in the next few weeks.

The Year 4 theme for the term is ‘Romans’. In this theme, the children will learn about the chronology of the Roman Empire and important events such as the Roman invasion of Britain in AD43 and Boudicca’s rebellion in AD 61. Through the study of historical sources, children will be able to explain why the Roman Empire became so vast and how effective different Roman emperors were. The children will also gain an understanding of what life was like in a Roman town and how the building of streets and roads are amongst the many innovations of the Romans that are still highly regarded and used today.