Humanities consists of History, Geography, Religious Education and Foreign Languages. We aim to create an exciting and engaging Humanities curriculum at New Oscott Primary School, with many cross-curricular links between subjects.

Humanities Team Curriculum Design Consultation

As a team we considered what makes the humanities subjects at New Oscott Primary School unique to our school. We considered the pupil and parent view, BLP (Building Learning Power) and our school values and key principles.

Humanities in General - Key Aims

  • To create problem solvers
  • Children to work on key transferable skills which enable them to become ‘Geographers’, ‘Historians’ and ‘Linguists’ rather than becoming ‘fact vessels’
  • Research enquiry led learning, children finding out things for themselves inspiring curiosity, awe and wonder
  • To create resourceful and resilient learners
  • To create tolerant and kind learners who can work reciprocally, respectfully and cooperatively with appreciation of others views and beliefs
  • Independent and reciprocal learners should then become problem solvers


History – We are Historians

  • Transferable (life) skills based which are both progressive and allow opportunities for consolidation and greater depth over the course of a child’s education
  • Theme days (Professor McGinty) and trips used to ignite curiosity at the start of a new topic
  • Power projects used before a topic to create curiosity
  • Appreciation and reflection of the past whilst making links to prepare for the future
  • Inspiring – fun lessons which ‘keep the light on’
  • Practical and purposeful activities
  • Enquiry led, research based approach creating resilient, problem solving historians
  • Opportunity to apply skills from other curriculum areas particularly English

Geography – We are Geographers

  • Transferable (life) skills based
  • Our children need to know Geographical basic facts about the world in order to inspire awe and wonder
  • Opportunities to work on BLP skills cooperation, respect and reciprocity
  • Research based approach creating resilient geographers
  • Develop empathy, kindness, respect and awareness of other cultures
  • Cross curricular links
  • Encourage respect and appreciation about where we live whilst exploring the key geography skill of compare and contrast

Spanish – We are Linguists

  • Transferable (life) skills based which are both progressive and allow opportunities for consolidation and greater depth over the course of a child’s education
  • Inspiring, Practical and purposeful lessons – learning through play (games and songs)
  • Useful – children able to apply skills in real life situations (holidays to Spanish speaking countries)
  • Appreciation and respect for other cultures
  • Inclusive – all children start at the same level at the beginning of year 3
  • Enriching extra-curricular clubs French and Spanish
  • Resilient and determined learners
  • Supporting our children’s needs around speech and language


  • In depth learning and breadth of learning. By the end of year 6 all children will have studied each of the world religions (one religion per year group).
  • Inclusive curriculum which allows children to reflect on the school core values of kindness, honesty, tolerance and respect. Focus on appreciation of other cultures.
  • Skills based
  • Community links – visits to the church (year 5 and 6 carol concert) and visits from the vicar



A copy of the programmes of study for KS1 and KS2 can be found below.

History Curriculum



A copy of the programmes of study for KS1 and KS2 can be found below.

Geography Curriculum


Religious Education

We follow the Birmingham Agreed syllabus, more information can be foiund on the link below.

The Birmingham Agreed syllabus for Religious Education


Foreign Languages

A copy of the programmes of study for KS2 can be found below.

Foreign Languages Curriculum

Applying English Skills to Topic lessons

At New Oscott Primary School we are trying really hard to apply the skills that we learn in English lessons to our afternoon lessons like History and Geography. Here are some comments from year 2 pupils about the skills they are trying to apply in the humanities subjects.

Year 2 Pupil comments about English skills in Topic lessons


“You have to use cursive handwriting and punctuation like full stops, capital letters and question marks.”


“I can use exclamation and question marks. I try hard to make my handwriting neat.”


“I can use capital letters and full stops. If it’s a question I can use a question mark. I try really hard to concentrate too.”


Black History Week 

In the last week of October, the whole school celebrated Black History Week.  Each year group was given a theme or a significant individual to study in their topic lessons.  Each year group also had a story to focus on in literacy lessons.  Children have been very creative producing art work, models, research projects and creative writing.

Year 6– Nelson Mandella


Year 5 – Martin Luther King


Year 4 – Actors


Year 3 – Music

Year 2 – Mary Seacole


Year 1 – Barack O’Bama

Reception and Nursery – Sports



Power Projects

As part of our History and Geography curriculum, children are asked to complete power projects throughout the year.  There are a variety of activities which children can choose from including arts and crafts projects, writing tasks, research, visits, computer games, cooking and many others. Children bring their projects into school and each year group celebrates the children achievements by displaying work, showing Mrs Walklett excellent examples or sending home certificates.


Here are a selection of power projects

Year 6

Year 5


Year 3



Year 2



Year 1


Here are some examples of our topic and power project displays.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 5