Humanities

We strongly believe that the humanities' subjects are of central importance to understanding the world and our place in it. Humanities is about people and their interaction with their environment, in its historical, geographical, cultural, social, moral and spiritual dimensions. We aim for our children to develop an open-mindedness towards other people and cultures, as well as a sense of responsibility to the world around them. This comes primarily through the range of topics taught to the various year groups.

We believe the humanities subjects have the power to develop many skills which are vital in the modern world. They are uniquely crucial to the well-being of our local community, as well as the global population as a whole; only with an understanding of our environments, climate, religious beliefs and historical roots, can we advance in a sustainable, peaceful and successful manner.

The humanities subjects provide exciting contexts for learning and equip children to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments and develop perspective and judgement.

History

We ensure representation and diversity is woven throughout the history curriculum - thus ensuring there is a balance between gender and race .i.e. Katherine Johnson & Neil Armstrong , Ernest Shackleton &Tenzing Norgay, Mary Anning.

Significant individuals are taught in couplets so that children can observe and compare similarities and differences between people and periods of time and see how things have changed or impacted our lives.

Black history is taught by entwining it with local (Tottenham and London) people i.e. Walter Tull compared with Claudia Jones and Bernie Grant compared with David Lammy.

See: History at Belmont Infants 2022

Geography

Geography has an important part to play in contributing to children’s understanding of the range of their identities - personal, local, national and global, as well as those of the wider community. We will engage with issues around race, religion, culture, identity and values in a way that meets the needs of all our children. We consider how can we ensure staff and children respect each other’s differences and build on commonalities and whether we appreciate our own and others' distinct identities. We want to provide a sense of belonging and identity for all our children, as well as tolerance and understanding.

Geography at Belmont starts with knowing the vicinity of the school in EYFS and some trips beyond this. In Year 1 children focus on the local area and Haringey and move on to understanding about the city of London in Year 2 which they then compare with a city in Africa in the Summer term. The exact location is chosen with reference to the class demographic but must have a river to compare and contrast with the River Thames.

See: Geography at Belmont Infants 2022