The Humanities curriculum aims to inspire a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people.
Our History curriculum is organised into a progression model that outlines the knowledge, skills and vocabulary to be taught in a sequentially coherent way. It is designed to cover all of the knowledge and understanding as set out in the National Curriculum. We provide rich and varied learning experiences so that pupils will understand these historical concepts and use them to make connections, draw contrasts, analyse trends and create their own structured accounts.
All pupils learn the methods of historical enquiry by discussing how interpretations of the past have been constructed. All pupils develop critical thinking and curiosity as essential tools for understanding and evaluating significant people and events of the past, supporting them to process change, understand the diversity of societies and therefore become knowledgeable, resilient citizens motivated to succeed in the world they live in.
The teaching of History at Viridis Schools is based around five concepts: where and when, society and settlement, beliefs, activities and cultures, significant people and causes, changes and consequences
Pupils are offered a wide range of enriching and engaging experiences which are designed to develop their knowledge and understanding of the world around them and the concepts taught within History. Book corners are well-resourced with high-quality and engaging texts and a wide variety of artefacts are used to spark imagination and develop a deeper understanding of abstract concepts. Educational trips, workshops and visits are carefully mapped out, including making the most of local history (Hackney Museum), but also the museums and landmarks that London offers. Enrichment weeks and months such as World Week and Black History Month are celebrated annually. Strong links with the local community are also utilised where guests are invited in to share real-life experiences.
Our Geography curriculum is designed to cover all of the knowledge and understanding as set out in the National Curriculum. We provide rich and varied learning experiences so that pupils are inspired to be curious and fascinated about the world and its people. All pupils learn about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, alongside developing a deep understanding of the earth’s key physical and human processes. The learned geographical knowledge, understanding and skills provide the framework and approaches that explain how the earth’s features, at different scales, are shaped, interconnected and changed over time.
The teaching of Geography at Viridis Schools is based around four concepts: location (where), place (what), human and physical processes and features (why) and geographical skills (how).
Pupils are offered a wide range of enriching and engaging experiences which are designed to develop their knowledge and understanding of how the Earth is structured and its relationship with humans. Enrichment weeks such as World Week are celebrated annually and educational trips, workshops and visits are carefully mapped out in order to fully capitalise on our local area and the changes it has endured. Field trips encompassing fieldwork play a vital role in our Geography curriculum and include visits to local parks, canals, museums and visits further afield e.g. Southend. Strong links with the local community are also utilised with visits to local markets and discussions with local people and businesses.
Our RE curriculum promotes an enquiry-based approach through the implementation of the Hackney Agreed Syllabus for RE from Key Stage One and Two and is used to contribute to the learning experiences of the Early Learning Goals within EYFS.
Religious Education supports pupils to acquire and develop knowledge and understanding of Christianity and the other principal religions represented in Great Britain; to appreciate the way that religious beliefs shape life and behaviour, develop the ability to make reasoned and informed judgements about religious and moral issues and enhance their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. It plays an important role, along with all other curriculum areas, particularly PSHCE, in promoting social awareness and understanding in our children. We encourage our pupils to ask questions about the world and to reflect on their own beliefs, values and experiences. We include and promote British values, ensuring that children are aware of their rights and responsibilities as UK citizens.
Skill progression is planned under three key themes including thinking about religion, belief, practice and sources, enquiring and investigating meaning and reflecting, evaluating and communicating meaning.
KS1 and KS2
Pupils are offered a wide range of enriching and engaging experiences which are designed to develop their knowledge and understanding of the world around them and the concepts taught within RE. Pupils have the opportunity to visit various places of worship and meet people from various religious and belief communities. These include visits to a church, Sikh temple and Mosque. Whole school events such as key calendar events, assemblies and class council topics enable the children to further enhance their understanding of world religions, beliefs and practices.