Our Humanities Vision
Children at Park Hill are global citizens, who are aware of the past, present and future of the world around them. Through cross-curricular links, and its own unique curriculum, Park Hill children build schemas in their memory where learning is built on as they go through the school. We aim to embed a knowledge of places and chronology to create resilient and confident learners.
Humanities at Park Hill
Our Humanities curriculum is comprised of teaching the key skills in History and Geography. Lessons are taught with real life context and enhanced with exposure to trips and experiences linked to the topics. Where appropriate, skills are taught across the subjects, so pupils can build on their knowledge of substantive concepts.
(Year 1 enjoying a Royal Tea Party - The Monarchy)
At Park Hill, we are passionate about shining a spotlight on our local area and its rich history, and we have ensured that this is embedded in our bespoke Humanities Curriculum.
From the beginning of Key Stage 1, pupils look closely at Eastern Green, exploring the area and creating maps. This is then extended out to the city of Coventry, looking at key landmarks and things that make Coventry distinctive.
Our local map-making continues into Lower Key Stage 2 as pupils create a map of Eastern Green and plot a local route. We also begin to look at our rich history both locally and city-wide.
In Year 3, pupils learn all about Coventry’s role in the Civil War: how the city was a Parliamentarian stronghold and that our city walls were destroyed by Charles II in revenge. Closer to home, pupils find out that Oliver Cromwell’s army marched and fought right on our doorstep down Banner Lane and Cromwell Lane.
In Year 4, Coventry’s rich industrial history is a big focus. Pupils learn all about how Coventry expanded hugely in the 1930s, its world-renowned car industry, and how this all contributed to our multi-ethnic city that it is today and the creation of Two-Tone music.
In Upper Key Stage 2, pupils look at Coventry’s major role in World War II. Building on prior learning about Coventry’s industry, pupils recognise how this contributed to the Coventry Blitz and its lasting impact on our city. Pupils use maps to plot the bombing sites and compare Coventry’s plight to that of our twinned city, Dresden.
Year 6 pupils also look at Coventry’s mining heritage and how pit closures culminated in fierce mining strikes at Coventry Colliery.