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The Learning Curve

The Importance of Humanities in a Broad and Balanced Curriculum
  • Primary Matters
Jenna Witcombe

At Mougins British International School, we understand that a comprehensive education extends beyond core subjects, encompassing the rich fields of geography and history. Our commitment to our key principles ensures that students not only achieve academic excellence but also gain an enriched understanding of the world and their place within it.

Embracing Local Heritage

Our unique location in the Côte d'Azur provides an exceptional backdrop for integrating local geography and history into our curriculum. By exploring the region's diverse landscapes and storied past, students develop a deeper connection to their surroundings and an appreciation for their cultural heritage. For example, in Year 3, students investigate the plants, food and history of the French Riviera. The Topic offers rich historical and geographical insights showcased in a visit to the Grasse parfumerie. Here, they explore the geographical factors that made Grasse a hub for perfume production and how this industry shaped the region's development and global reputation.

A Year 3 Adventure school trips

Geography: Connecting with the World

In our geography lessons, we emphasise the importance of understanding both local and global environments. Students investigate the Mediterranean climate, coastal features, and urban development of the Côte d'Azur, linking these studies to broader geographical concepts. This hands-on approach helps students grasp complex ideas and see the real-world applications of their learning. For example, Year 6 students explore the rivers of the world, comparing them with local rivers such as the Var and the Loup. They examine how these waterways have influenced human settlement, agriculture, and trade both locally and globally.

History: Learning from the Past

Our history curriculum delves into the rich tapestry of the Côte d'Azur's past, from ancient civilizations to modern times. For instance, students explore the Roman ruins in Nice, understanding the influence of Roman engineering and culture on the region. They also study the rise of the French Riviera in Year 2’s Seaside topic, as a glamorous destination in the 19th and 20th centuries, examining how this development shaped local and global perceptions. By connecting local history to global narratives, we foster a sense of identity and global citizenship in our students.

Developing Critical Skills

Through the study of humanities, students cultivate critical thinking, analytical skills, and a balanced worldview. They learn to assess information, understand diverse perspectives, and appreciate the complexity of human societies. These skills are essential for personal growth and future success in an interconnected world and are a base upon which their secondary school experience at Mougins is built.

A Holistic Approach to Education

Incorporating geography and history into our broad and balanced curriculum reflects our holistic educational philosophy. We aim to nurture well-rounded individuals who are knowledgeable, empathetic, and prepared to contribute to a just and sustainable world. Our students are encouraged to engage with their community, respect their environment, and understand their role in shaping the future.

At Mougins School, we believe that teaching the humanities is not just about imparting knowledge; it's about inspiring students to become curious, informed, and responsible global citizens. Through our integrated approach, we strive to provide an education that is both enriching and transformative.

Jenna Witcombe
Class Teacher

  • Primary