What is our knowledge worth if we know nothing about the world that sustains us, nothing about natural systems and climate, nothing about other countries and cultures? Jonathan Porritt, Forum for the Future
If you want to understand today, you have to search yesterday. Pearl S Buck
There is within every soul a thirst for happiness and meaning. Thomas Aquinas
The Humanities Department comprises teaching in History, Geography and Religious Studies and strives to engender a thirst for knowledge of the world around us, be it the physical, historical or spiritual.
Underpinning this aim is the belief that Humanities teaching and learning should be an enjoyable, creative and magical experience for pupils and teachers alike. It can make a significant contribution to children’s physical, intellectual, social and emotional development. Through the delivery of relevant experiences that engage children fully and actively in the learning process, we hope that our aims will have visible outcomes.
There is a wonderful breadth of experience in our department, with staff contributing their own particular skills to the teaching of Humanities. With a range of personal interests that include their own comprehensive knowledge of their subject alongside interests in travel, technology, the arts, the literary world and personal beliefs, the children have a wealth of knowledge to engage with and, above all, enjoy and shape to enrich their own experiences.
Children have many opportunities outside the classroom to further their learning, with visits which include trips to The Kent Life Centre for a Victorian Christmas, evacuation re-enactments on the Tenterden Railway, field trips to Bewl Water using data-loggers, tours to Dungeness power station and regular services in the School chapel to help illustrate the progress of the Christian calendar. The children use a variety of technologies to research and examine geographical, historical and religious data. They also have the opportunity to look inwards, and are encouraged to participate in Religious Education activities and ceremonies of collective worship, where all views and faiths are respected.
By the time the children leave they should be able to:
- access first-hand information and direct experience of the real world;
- consider the future of their world;
- describe and analyse the world;
- record and interpret the world in new ways;
- communicate non-verbally;
- locate themselves in their surroundings and find their way between places;
- tackle mediated images and negative stereotypes;
- develop their sense of identify and self-esteem;
- be independent and accept responsibilities;
- have confidence in problem-solving;
- develop critical and creative thinking skills to ensure life-long learning.