Humanities (History and Geography)
At Mill Lane, we value history and geography and aim to provide the children with a secure knowledge and understanding of the principals and periods they study. We recognise that both history and geography require a broad factual base but also that both subjects offer pupils the opportunity to develop valuable skills of investigation and enquiry. We therefore plan and deliver lessons which allow children to formulate ideas and predictions based on the facts they have learned and to test them through practical investigation.
Our curriculum is based on the Cornerstones curriculum topics which allow children to work creatively and develop links with other curricular areas; particularly in maths and English where children are able to apply the skills they have been taught in meaningful contexts.
In both history and geography, we are keen to use technology to support learning and we also take opportunities to engage children through educational visits to sites of historical interest and to carry out field work and by bringing in visitors to school to work with the children.
For more information, please go to long term plans.
On Wednesday 2nd October, Year 3 enjoyed a great day at Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum. We created some cave art, looked at some animals’ teeth and bones from the Stone Age, acted out a story and even hunted a mouflon!
On Wednesday 2nd October, as part of their topic ‘ Mexico’. the children from Year 6 visited the Chocolate Story in York (as chocolate was invented in Mexico!). The children had a fantastic trip, learning about how chocolate was made and even had a go at making their own chocolate lollies and chocolate drink. Great fun was had by all!
On Wednesday the 25th of September, Year 4 visited York to learn all about the Vikings at Dig and the Jorvik Viking Centre. Lots of unusual Viking medicines have been shared – some of our children weren’t convinced about maggots, leaches and magic to make them better!!!