Across our school we use the Power of Reading approach to ensure that high quality children’s literature is at the heart of our curriculum. We use creative teaching approaches that are proven to raise engagement and attainment in both reading and writing.
Throughout Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 pupils are involved in investigating a variety of people, places and environments both locally, and further afield in the United Kingdom and also abroad. Geographical enquiry is undertaken inside and outside the classrooms and pupils are taught key skills such as; observing and recording, asking geographical questions, analysing evidence and drawing conclusions.
Pupils learn about vocabulary specific to the subject, the use of globes, maps and plans at a range of scales, fieldwork techniques and instruments, and the use of a range of sources of information including aerial photographs, Google Earth and atlases.
We include topical geographical issues which relate to how people affect the environment and how they are affected by it. Environmental change and sustainable development are areas of geographical study which are especially important for the future of all our pupils.
Useful links for Humanities
At Stanton Community Primary School it is our intent to develop in all children a sense of who they are locally, nationally and globally and to help them build a chronological knowledge within which they can organise their understanding of the past.
There is a strong need for our children to understand what the rest of the world has given us throughout history and the positive impact of those who have come to the area. Our school population does not reflect a wide range of ethnic or cultural backgrounds so it is vitally important for our children to understand and accept the huge contribution made by settlers and immigrants over the years.
Stanton dates back to Roman times, sited at the junction of Peddar’s Way and the Roman road believed to run between Camulodunum (Colchester) and Bildeston. The site of a Roman Villa known as 'Stanton Chare' is at the junction of the two ancient routes. Agriculture has been a major economic activity in Suffolk since the 18th century. The most important crops are cereals, sugar beets, and vegetables, with food processing a hugely significant industry. We want our pupils to appreciate our local history and be able to compare this to other places throughout the world.
Approximately a quarter of children in our school have a parent serving at nearby RAF Honington which was opened in 1937 and was one of six operational airfields within No 3 Group Bomber Command. Numerous aircraft types and squadrons were based at RAF Honington during the period 1937 to 1946 when it became the last American wartime base to be returned to the RAF. It is now home to 3 Squadrons of the RAF regiment and we were one of 3 schools invited to attend the recent 75th Anniversary Celebrations in the presence of HRH Prince Harry. We are extremely fortunate to have this connection with the Armed Forces and our Royal family and are keen to instil a sense of pride in both in our children.
It is important for our pupils to experience an interweaving of local, national and international history (based on NC requirements) and to make reference to the rich archeological treasures and sites available to us locally as well as our proximity to London. Our planning is informed by substantive and disciplinary knowledge which build upon what children already know and towards what they will be learning in the future.
As our pupils progress our aim is to enable them to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments and develop their perception and judgement. We want them to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups and to be able to reflect on what has and can be learned from the past.
Children in Keys Stages 1 and 2 are provided with an excellent opportunity to really immerse themselves in History by visiting somewhere closely linked to their learning. Destinations include St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Sutton Hoo, The Imperial War Museum as well as Framlingham and Colchester Castles.
Our recent Humanities exhibition showed some of the amazing learning that has taken place in History and Geography lessons this year.
It was fantastic to see our children chatting proudly about what they have learned and to see so many families visiting this event.