Humanities is taught at Key Stage 2 (Years 5 and 6). Please see History or Geography for the course taught at Key Stage 3 (Years 7 and 8).

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Year 5

Autumn Term

The Aztecs and Mexico

Pupils will:

  • Explore the geography of the Aztec Empire and modern day Mexico.
  • Gain an understanding of Aztec life through exploration of artefacts and explore the settlement of Tenochtitlan.
  • Understand the role of the Spanish in discovering the Aztec Empire and the role they played in the downfall.
  • Pupils will understand why people were exploring and show awareness of life in Britain and Europe.

Curriculum objectives and assessment:

  • Understand the achievements of the earliest civilizations and compare this study to British history (Tudor Britain).
  • A short test to assess pupil understanding throughout the term.
  • A written report on the ‘End of the Aztec Empire’.

Spring Term

Extreme Earth

Pupils will:

  • Begin by exploring settlements in the local area including Hexham.
  • Design their own settlement and show awareness of features deemed necessary to live effectively.
  • Compare local settlements to international locations.
  • While comparing, pupils will be introduced to the idea of ‘Extremes’.
  • Explore weather phenomena both locally and internationally. Understand extreme climates.
  • Explore earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanic activity and consider the effect on settlements.
  • Study recent events and understand the impact ‘Extremes’ can have.

Curriculum objectives and assessment:

  • Describe and understand key aspects of physical geography.
  • Describe and understand key aspects of human geography, including: types of settlement and land use.
  • Develop own settlement and speech showing knowledge of what makes an effective settlement.
  • Present in-depth findings of a recent ‘Extreme’ event and the effects this had.

Summer Term

Border Reivers and Crime and Punishment

Pupils will:

  • Explore who the Reivers were, where and when they lived.
  • Pupils will understand the links to local history.
  • Pupils will extend their study to include the geography of the
  • Pupils will explore the crime and use of punishment extending back to Romans and covering Victorians, Tudors, Saxons, Vikings and the early Modern period.

Curriculum objectives and assessment:

  • A study of an aspect of British history that extends pupils’ knowledge beyond 1066.
  • Investigate changes in social history.
  • Compile a detailed presentation that compares crime and punishment across different historical periods.

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Year 6

Autumn Term

Ancient Civilisations: Baghdad

During the Autumn Term we will be finding out about life in Ancient Baghdad. Pupils will find out about the location of Baghdad and develop their map skills. They will also learn about the formation of the city and the trade routes that travelled through it. We will be exploring The House of Wisdom and finding out about the advances made in technology, science and medicine. Year 6 will also discuss Islamic beliefs and customs. There will be time to study some ancient Arabic stories and finally pupils will find out about the Mongol invasions of Baghdad.

Spring Term

1. Shaping the Land

We will be finding out about the ways that rivers and coast lines are formed and the impact that they have on the landscape.

2. Map Skills

Summer Term

Invaders: Anglo- Saxons and Vikings

We will begin this topic by finding out about why the Romans left Britain. Pupils will consider the reasons why invaders came and settled in Britain and whether they were ‘saviours’ or ‘mindless thugs’. Our historic enquiry will be based around the following key questions:

  • What was Britain like before the Saxons arrived and why did the Romans leave?
  • What could have happened if the Saxons didn’t arrive?
  • When did the Saxons and Vikings exist? What else was happening at the same time?
  • What are the problems that face any invader force?
  • Why did the Saxons decide to settle?
  • What were the characteristic features of these groups? Thugs?
  • What does the evidence at Sutton Hoo show us?

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