Humanities & Foreign Languages
History and Geography at St. Luke’s are taught as part of a themed curriculum which integrates this subject into topics covering the National Curriculum. Pupils are encouraged to learn independently through a range of activities carried out across an afternoon. Skills lessons are taught separately to ensure understanding and these are then incorporated into the independent learning sessions.
Humanities teaches the children a sense of chronology and belonging in a multi-cultural society. The children learn a sense of identity and gain an understanding of life in other cultures. History teaching motivates children into finding out about the past and how events have affected their own lives and Geography teaching encourages them to finding out about the world and plan field investigations to learn about specific subjects.
From Year 1 to Year 6 the children learn about different periods of History and learn to place these in chronological order. They learn the key skills needed to become an Historian and can then use these to acquire more knowledge about different periods of time in history as they progress through the school through taught lessons and independent tasks.
Geography topics are taught in the same way, where the children are taught the skills to enable them to learn independently and develop as Geographers. Humanities sessions are blocked or taught over the term depending on the subject and year group.
We use Learner Profiles in both subjects to plan and assess progress and coverage across each phase.
At St Luke’s, we teach French to all children in years 3-6. We teach French is in four areas: Speaking, reading, writing and intercultural understanding.
Children are expected to make substantial progress across the four years and by the end of year 6 all children should have:
The confidence to speak with good intonation and pronunciation.
Fluency in reading.
Fluency and imagination in writing.
A strong awareness of the culture of the countries where the language is spoken.
A passion for languages and a commitment to the subject.
The ability to use language creatively and spontaneously.
An independence in their studies and the ability to draw upon a wide range of resources.
We use learner profiles to plan, assess and monitor progress in the four year groups.