Humanities at Russell House School combines History, Geography and Religious Education and is taught as a termly, theme-based programme. The cross-curricular approach promotes continuity between subject areas, enables pupils to make effective links in their learning and lends itself well to embedded, project-based ICT.
Geographic knowledge develops from a simple understanding of the children's environment from where they live and their community through to more tricky map reading skills. Our pupils make comparisons of the geography, people and cultures of different countries around the world. Pupils study what makes the weather, the impact of extreme weather and climate change. Children go on many field trips. For example, as part of their study of rivers, they visit the River Darent at Horton Kirby to experience river features first-hand.
From simple and famous stories in history, such as the Greek myths, our children learn about influential people who have helped shape history over the centuries. We consider early cultures such as the Aztecs, the Ancient Greeks and the Romans. In Form 7, the pupils learn about major 20th century events. As part of the study of the Victorian era, we spend a day at school experiencing what life was like as a Victorian child. We spend time considering what it means to be British and our place in the modern world.
We believe, in today's world, that it is important to understand the major religions: (Christianity, Islam, Sikhism, Judaism and Buddhism) and their impact on the way in which the world is shaped. Children are introduced to stories from different religious texts and they learn about many of the main religious festivals.