At Sebright we challenge ourselves to provide a broad balanced curriculum that reflects the rich, diverse community in which we live. Each half term is divided into 2 topics and humanities is at the heart of several of them. The humanities are split into 3 focus areas: RE, History and Geography.
As a Hackney school we follow the Hackney Agreed Syllabus as we believe that it ensures a progression of skills and covers all 6 of the major religions - Christianity, Buddhism, Judaism, Hinduism, Islam and Sikhism.
Each half term a day is dedicated to RE to give the children a chance to explore the religion across a variety of lessons. Pupils are enabled to learn about their topic through art, drama, storytelling, reading and debate as well as looking for similarities and differences in their own beliefs and those of others.
As a school we believe that it is vitally important to have tolerance and respect towards the beliefs of others. In order to foster and strengthen this, each year group visits a place of worship so that by the time a child has left Sebright, they have been to a place of worship for the 6 major religions studied. (COVID permitting)
Through our Geography curriculum we learn about places, people and the environment. We have two geography topics a year that are taught in three-week blocks. We endeavour to link these to our learning in literacy by using high quality texts that broaden our understanding.
In KS1 we start learning about our local environment, before extending it nationally and world-wide.
In KS2 we study countries and look at some of the key physical features of them. E.g. Year 3 learn about Brazil and rainforests, Year 5 look at mountains through their topic of Tanzania and Year 4 look at volcanoes in Nepal. These topics make use of linking fantastic books in literacy, encouraging a cross curricular approach.
All of our learning in Geography encourages our children to reflect on the impact that they have on the world. E.g. As part of the Brazil topic Year 3 look at how chocolate is produced and the impact it has on the planet and the people who live in Brazil.
As well as teaching mapping skills in the topics, we also have a Mapping Skills Day where we reinforce these skills and the progression of them across the school.
We recognise at Sebright that knowledge from history impacts on how we live our lives. It is vital that we can connect historical periods and see how they sit in relation to each other on a timeline.
In KS1 we start our history learning looking at our own history and the local area. Building on this we learn about changes, important people and historical events.
In KS2 we broaden our learning into historical periods and events, investigating how our lives today are influenced and shaped by history. This, like geography, is taught in units with cross curricular links to literacy, in order to deepen and broaden our learning.