The Humanities subjects at St Mary's School are Geography and History.
Geography involves children developing their geographical skills as well as knowledge of places and themes. In the early years much of the work is based around practical activities and the exploration of the locality familiar to the children.
In Key Stage 1 our children look at seasons and weather around the world and learn about the continents and oceans and enjoy a visit to the seaside.
In Key Stage 2 the children will locate world countries using globes, atlases and maps, developing their use of four and six figure grid references. They study world environmental issues in relation to their geographical location and characteristics, for example, deforestation in the Amazon.
In History, children are encouraged to develop independent skills of enquiry and to recognise that there are different ways of representing and interpreting the past. They communicate their knowledge and understanding in a variety of ways. In the early years, much of the work is based around the children's own experiences of the past and those of people around them.
During Key Stage 1 children are taught about the every day lives of people in the past. They also learn about past events and famous men and women in history: such as Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole.
During Key Stage 2 children study the history of the local area, learn about important events and developments in Britain's past and about ancient civilisations in Greece and Egypt and the history of other parts of the world. Through these studies, opportunities are given to develop a sense of chronology and to experience the use of a variety of historical sources. Topics also include the Roman Empire and the Viking and Anglo Saxons.