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Humanities

At the core of our curriculum is the belief that children learn better when their interests and fascinations are allowed to flourish, they are given opportunities to develop a secure sense of identity, belonging and connectedness with the past. The delivery of the Humanities subjects (History, Geography and Religious Education) are intrinsic to and woven through our curriculum Projects for every year group.
 

History - Our history curriculum aims to inspire our pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past. History helps pupils to understand the process of change, the diversity of societies as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time.

Our history curriculum will equip the children to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments and develop perspective and judgment.

Geography - We believe it is important to provide ‘Living Geography’ concerned with children’s lives, their futures and their world. Through our curriculum our aim is for children to develop a sense of their world at the local, national and global scales understanding the interconnections between how people and the environment interact. Fieldwork is an essential part of this and every child will have a half term of forest school linked to their termly project. Pupils learn to think critically, think spatially, use maps, visual images and new technologies, including geographical information systems to analyse and present information. They will have an adept understanding of their responsibilities within their own society whist also having a coherent insight into sustainability of a dynamically changing world.

Religious Education - At Summercourt, we follow the Cornwall Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education.  The principal aim of religious education is to explore what people believe and what difference this makes to how they live, so that pupils can gain the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to handle questions raised by religion and belief, reflecting on their own ideas and ways of living. This supports children to develop an understanding and insight into religious faith, traditions and practice in Christianity, Sikhism, Judaism, Islam and Buddhism.

Giving children the chance to experience different religious traditions through art, literature and music. Enhancing spiritual, moral, social and cultural development by responding and reflecting on questions of life raised by the children with reference to their own understanding and experiences as well as to the teachings and practices of religions. Developing tolerance/empathy for people with different cultures and faiths.

When the new Syllabus is released in September 2020, pupils will study in depth the religious traditions of the following groups:

EYFS: Christianity and other faiths as part of their growing sense of self, their own community and their place within it.

KS1: Christianity, Judaism, Islam

KS2: Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Judaism.

As part of their studies in Religious Education, children will also explore the Curriculum Kernewek.  This relates specifically to Cornwall and includes, but is not limited to St Piran's Day and Obby Oss celebrations, Celtic Saints and local places of worship, including the founding of Truro Cathedral.

Teaching Religious Education will include external visits, visits from representatives of other faiths, the use of artefacts, music, artwork, dance, drama and story-telling.

We provide all children with their entitlement to religious education, as shown in the 1998 Education Reform Act. (Parents have the right to withdraw their children and the school will make arrangements for the child in this instance.)
 
Our current curriculum is detailed below.