Humanities at Rushmore
Humanities Lead: Rebecca Bedding
History and Geography are at the heart of Rushmore’s creative curriculum, where the subjects are taught in weekly topic lessons and further consolidated within other subjects.
Each term sees pupils introduced to a new exciting topic, through which they can develop their humanities skills. Our History and Geography content follows the National Curriculum guidelines.
We aim to provide children with engaging, hands-on lessons that will encourage a life-long love of History and Geography.
Within History lessons children will develop their knowledge of key figures and events in both British and global history (including the Fire of London, the Roman Empire and World War Two). Alongside this, classes will hone their enquiry skills through exploring artefacts, investigating historical records and sequencing events. Meanwhile, in Geography, classes will learn about local and global environments through topics including ‘House and Home’, ‘On the Water’ and ‘Rainforests’.
Children will have the opportunity to undertake research projects, develop their map reading skills and learn about the impact we have on the world around us. In Year 5, students will undertake an enquiry project exploring the local area. This will have a focus on migration after the Second World War to the present day.
Throughout the year classes engage in exciting trips to bring their classroom learning to life and further develop historical and geographical skills. Annual topic based trips include: The Tower of London ( Royal Rascals -Year 1), The Monument (Great Fire of London- Year 2), River Lea Field Trips (On the Water-Year 3) The National Portrait Gallery (Tudors- Year 4),The British Museum (Egyptians -Year 5), London Zoo (The Rainforest- Year 6)
History is further explored in whole school assemblies and focus weeks. In October we celebrated Black History Month by inviting some inspirational figures into our school. The lower phase had the chance to quiz Dianne Abbott all about her life, Year 3 decorated some cakes with GBBO contestant Benjamina Ebuehi, and year 4 met newsreader Charlene White.