In Neyland Community School, the Humanities Area of Learning and Experience seeks to awaken a sense of wonder, fire the imagination and inspire learners to grow in knowledge, understanding and wisdom. 

This Area encourages learners to engage with the most important issues facing humanity, including sustainability and social change, and help to develop the skills necessary to interpret and articulate the past and the present.

The Area encompasses Geography; History; Religion, Values and Ethics; Business Studies and Social Studies. These disciplines share many common themes, concepts and transferable skills, while having their own discrete body of knowledge and skills. 


Links to Children's Rights


The Humanities AoLE enables children to realise their rights to participation, freedom of expression and information (Articles 12, 13 and 17). Importantly it also supports children to know and understand their rights under the UNCRC (Article 42) and to develop an understanding of the human rights of others.


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What Matters in Humanities

  1. Enquiry, exploration and investigation inspire curiosity about the world, its past, present and future.
  2. Events and human experiences are complex and are perceived, interpreted and represented in different ways.
  3. Our natural world is diverse and dynamic, influenced by processes and human actions.
  4. Human societies are complex and diverse and shaped by human actions and beliefs.
  5. Informed, self-aware citizens engage with the challenges and opportunities that face humanity and are able to take considered and ethical action. 

Progression in Humanities

  1. Increasing breadth and depth of knowledge
  2. Deepening understanding of the ideas and disciplines within areas of learning and experience
  3. Refinement and growing sophistication in the use and application of skills
  4. Making connections and transferring learning into new contexts
    Increasing effectiveness as a learner

Humanities in Neyland Community School

Learners will be taught new skills, have support to practice and then be given opportunities to independently apply their knowledge skills and understanding through a range of contexts.

The subjects within this area share many common themes, concepts and transferable skills, while also having their own discrete body of knowledge and skills. The content, concepts and skills outlined in this area are interconnected. The disciplines provide a variety of lenses through which to view the human experience. The statements of what matters encourage a holistic approach to learning.