Humanities subjects aim to encourage understanding of how the past has shaped the world that we live in and gives students an opportunity to explore the social, political, economic and environmental make-up of a variety of countries and events.
We prioritise our school values - empathy, respect, resilience, celebration of difference, kindness and moral courage.
We teach history in chronological order, to give all children a clear understanding of how the events from the past have shaped their future.
Throughout history teaching, we prioritise a balance of skills and knowledge, ensuring children are able to develop as historians and gain core historical understanding. We have also carefully selected the events and people studied throughout history, so that all children can see themselves represented.
Our geography curriculum is designed to allow all children to gather a clear understanding of their place in the world. They are given opportunities to learn about Borehamwood, Britain, countries and continents.
The children are given opportunities to apply their learning through fieldwork and are able to apply their understanding to natural events and disasters that are happening in the world today.
We use the Jigsaw scheme of work to teach our PSHE curriculum. We have developed our PSHE policy within our school community – with input from parents, teachers and governors.
Kenilworth Primary is proud to be a pioneer school working with EmpathyLab, an organisation that is aiming to build empathy education through schools, libraries and authors. All of the work is grounded in high quality children’s literature – allowing children to develop their empathy skills through experiencing other people’s stories.
Through our work with EmpathyLab, we have managed to weave empathy learning throughout our curriculum, with children using their empathy skills to see events from other people’s perspectives.
In 2018-19, Year 5 worked closely with the Scouts to participate in a year long empathy project, developing an understanding of how it feels to be a refugee in a new country. Their work was displayed in Mill Green Museum in Hatfield and has been used to develop the scouts empathy badge.
In July 2019, Miss Williams (Deputy Head Teacher) was invited onto Radio 4’s Women’s Hour to speak about the work that Kenilworth has been doing to lead the empathy revolution. Speaking with Cressida Cowell (author of ‘How To Train Your Dragon’ and Jonathan Douglas (Director of the National Literacy Trust) Miss Williams had the opportunity to explain how essential empathy is for children – socially, emotionally and academically.