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Humanities at Rushmore

Humanities Lead: Hugh Yexley

History and Geography are at the heart of Rushmore’s creative curriculum, where the subjects are taught in weekly topic lessons and further consolidated within other subjects.

Each term sees pupils introduced to a new exciting topic, through which they can develop their humanities skills. Our History and Geography content follows the National Curriculum guidelines.

This year we are reviewing diversity and representation of BAME groups across the curriculum in response to recent worldwide events. Our aim is to launch a curriculum in Autumn 2021 which is relevant to all of our pupils, supporting them in their understanding of their local and global context and allowing every child to develop a positive attitude to their own racial and cultural identity.


 We aim to provide children with engaging, hands-on lessons that will encourage a life-long love of History and Geography. 

Within History lessons children will develop their knowledge of key figures and events in both British and global history (including the Fire of London, the Roman Empire and World War Two). Alongside this, classes will hone their enquiry skills through exploring artefacts, investigating historical records and sequencing events. History is further explored in whole school assemblies and focus weeks. In October we celebrated  Black History Month by focusing on key people and groups who have had a real impact on British history from Romans through to present day.

Meanwhile, in Geography, classes will learn about local and global environments through topics including ‘House and Home’, ‘On the Water’ and ‘Rainforests’. Children will have the opportunity to undertake research projects, develop their map reading skills and learn about the impact we have on the world around us.

Unfortunately due to Covid-19 we are not able to take classes on any trips, however we know that these bring their classroom learning to life and further develop historical and geographical skills. Annual topic based trips in previous years have included: The Tower of London ( Royal Rascals -Year 1), The Monument (Great Fire of London- Year 2), River Lea Field Trips (On the Water-Year 3)  The National Portrait Gallery (Tudors- Year 4),The British Museum (Egyptians -Year 5), London Zoo (The Rainforest- Year 6).