Learning Humanities is important for pupils at Burnside because it helps them to understand others through their languages, histories, cultures and areas of natural beauty. It allows us to foster social justice and equality in our pupils and therefore links closely to our SMSC curriculum. Pupils learn how people have tried to make moral, spiritual and intellectual sense of the world, through exploring key figures and events in History.
The aim of teaching Humanities at Burnside is to develop informed and critical citizens through gaining important life skills. It teaches our pupils empathy, with opportunities to see things through other pupil’s eyes. Pupils are encouraged to think creatively, to reason about being human and to ask questions about our world. It also allows pupils the opportunity to weigh evidence skeptically and consider more than one side of every question. Without the humanities, democracy could not flourish. This in turn provides an excellent chance to learn and reflect upon British values.
With recent topical events surrounding Black Lives Matter (BLM), we will spend time focusing on Empire, the establishment of colonies and slavery, to help our pupils learn from mistakes that have been made in the past and how future generations can learn from these.