Humanities

Through studying Humanities; History, Geography and Religious Studies, children start learning how to think analytically, critically and creatively

humanitiesAsking questions and reasoning are vital aspects of this process which allows them to gain new insights into our world, its history, its different cultures, and its present dilemmas and achievements. Above all, studying the Humanities starts to give the children the tools they need to imagine and define their own future.

The three Humanities Departments at Heath Mount work closely together and, although each subject is separately timetabled throughout the school, they are taught in a cross-curricular way whenever topics lend themselves to this possibility, as, for example, with the First Crusade, the English Reformation, and Invaders and their Settlements.

We are blessed with a country house which is grade 1 listed and must be one of the most glorious school buildings in the country, lending itself superbly to Humanities teaching. The River Beane, which meanders through the grounds, allows our Year 7s to gather all the data they need for their Common Entrance Geography projects.

The school and its grounds are steeped in local and national history. The walled fruit and vegetable garden was built by Napoleonic prisoners of war and Cecil Beaton and Evelyn Waugh were contemporaries at Heath Mount.

Other former pupils include Sir Peter Tapsell, the Father of the House from 2010 to 2015, when he stood down from Parliament, Sir Arnold Bax, the composer and poet, John Lewis of the eponymous department store company and Jodie Williams, the European champion sprinter.

 

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History

In History, the children learn about what happened in the past and why, as well as about some of the myriad fascinating characters who decided our present. They also develop the analytical skills of source analysis and essay writing which will remain valuable throughout their lives. 

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A good grounding in History is vital in order to understand how and why humans behaved as they did in the past, and why we now live as we do.

We bring History alive in the classroom and take our pupils out to see its footprint in local and national buildings and institutions. Textbooks, interactive whiteboards, banks of PCs and iPads, and re-enactments on site are some of the ways in which the pupils can access historical knowledge and understanding.

“History is not a burden on the memory but an illumination of the soul”
Lord Acton

Curriculum

In History, the children learn about what happened in the past and why, as well as about some of the myriad fascinating characters who decided our present. They also develop the analytical skills of source analysis and essay writing which will remain valuable throughout their lives.

A good grounding in History is vital in order to understand how and why humans behaved as they did in the past, and why we now live as we do. We bring History alive in the classroom and take our pupils out to see its footprint in local and national buildings and institutions. Textbooks, interactive whiteboards, banks of PCs and iPads, and re-enactments on site are some of the ways in which the pupils can access historical knowledge and understanding.

In the Lower School (Years 3 and 4) topics can include the Celts, the Ancient Greeks and Heath Mount School in Victorian times, then the Romans, the Saxons and the Vikings. Years 5 and 6 see the Middle School children tackle the Aztecs, the Tudors and the Stuarts, as well as the Georgians, the Victorians and the Edwardians. In Years 7 and 8, Upper School pupils study the Common Entrance syllabus which includes Medieval Realms: Britain 1066-1485. As part of a personal project more comparative or abstract topics may be tackled, such as revolution, war, or the value of History.

To see the Curriculum Map for History  for the Lent Term 2017 click here.

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Geography

geographyAt Heath Mount, we aim to inspire a sense of wonder at the beauty of the world, and to stimulate pupils’ interest in their surroundings and in the many physical and human conditions of the Earth’s surface. Geography is taught by class teachers in the Pre-Prep and in Years 3 to 5 in the Prep School, We make use of the beautiful school grounds and the surrounding area to bring Geography to life.

Years 6 to 8 are taught by specialist teachers who focus on geographical skills and themes. Children are prepared for Common Entrance and Scholarship examinations.

Practical Geography is a vital part of our curriculum. All year groups use the school site, Woodhall Estate and the surrounding area to complete exciting fieldwork and see Geography in action. Our children practice and develop OS mapping skills during our excellent Outdoor Education programme and then hone these skills during their Year 7 Geography and Outdoor Education trip to the New Forest.

Every opportunity is seized to enhance our pupils’ education by discussing and studying current world and local geographical affairs as they arise.

‘Geography is the study of places and the relationships between people and their environments. Geographers explore both the physical properties of Earth’s surface and the human societies spread across it. Geography seeks to understand where things are found, why they are there, and how they develop and change over time. ‘
(National Geographic)

Curriculum

At Heath Mount, we aim to inspire a sense of wonder at the beauty of the world, and to stimulate pupils’ interest in their surroundings and in the many physical and human conditions of the Earths’ surface. We make use of the beautiful school grounds and the surrounding area to bring Geography to life.

Practical Geography is a vital part of our Curriculum. All year groups use the extensive school site, Woodhall Estate and the surrounding area to complete exciting fieldwork and see geography in action. Our children practice and develop OS mapping skills during our excellent Outdoor Education programme and then hone their skills during their Year Seven Geography and Outdoor education trip to the New Forest. Experiences in Year Three and Four can include the environment, mapping, land features, mountain environments, water, air and local studies. Year Five continue to study mapping and location and in addition look at tectonics, rivers and farming. Years Six to Eight follow the Common Entrance syllabus and this may include coasts, rivers, earthquakes and volcanoes, OS mapping, location, the weather, transport and Industry and population and settlement.

Every opportunity is seized to enhance our pupils’ education by discussing and studying current world and local geographical affairs as they arise.

To see the Curriculum Map for Geography  for the Lent Term 2017 click here.

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Religious Studies

Religious Studies is taught from Year 1 up to Common Entrance and Scholarship level in Year 8. 

RS

Whilst the Department promotes the underlying Christian ethos of the school, it is supportive of children of all faiths, and is proud of the many open discussions on religion, religious issues and moral and ethical questions that take place in RS lessons.

The School’s Core Values of integrity, respect for and acceptance of others are integral to the teaching of RS and to the conduct of all classroom discussions.

Curriculum

Religious Studies is taught from Year 1 up to Common Entrance and Scholarship level in Year 8. Whilst the Department promotes the underlying Christian ethos of the school, it is supportive of children of all faiths, and is proud of the many open discussions on religion, religious issues and moral and ethical questions that take place in RS lessons.

The School’s Core Values of integrity, respect for and acceptance of others are integral to the teaching of RS and to the conduct of all classroom discussions.

In Years 3 and 4, the children study Islam, Judaism and Bible stories from the Old and New Testaments from a Christian perspective. When they reach the Middle School (Years 5 and 6), the children delve further into Old Testament Bible stories. Year 6 children are introduced to and begin the comparative study of the six major world religions: Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism and Sikhism.

Once in the Upper School, pupils focus for Common Entrance on Christianity and Old and New Testament Bible stories. Academic scholarship candidates will have their curricula tailored to their individual needs in accordance with the requirements of the school to which they are applying.

To see the Curriculum Map for RS  for the Lent Term 2017 click here