A balanced curriculum

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Dear [NAME]
Of course, maths, English and science are vital, but pupils need to study a range of subjects in order to have a balanced curriculum. On Parents in Touch, we have a wide range of worksheets on History, Geography, Citizenship and Religious Education, and these include many new resources specifically written to cover the new curriculum. This newsletter highlights the significance of these subjects in all key stage areas and the resources show how these subjects increase children's knowledge of the world around them. The papers show the diversity of the subjects and how learning about other places, the society in which we live and people in history or other religions ensures that your children, as they get older, are prepared to make decisions from a more informed and caring standpoint.

You may wonder, with so many resources on the site (over 7000!), how to find exactly what you want. There are three main ways to search:
  • Use the Worksheet Finder, where you can search under subject and key stage; to help you find new resources, our most recent resources are shown first
  • Use the navigation bars across the top of the screen - key curriculum areas are listed under 'Subjects'.
  • Use the Search box on the upper left of each page.
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 worksheet Geography is covered on our special pages at KS1 geographyKS2 geography and KS3 geography. Recording the weather is an enjoyable activity for parents and children to share. The iconic White Cliffs of Dover are just one of the regions covered in our resources. Learn to use maps with Tourism and leisure symbols on OS maps. Build on earlier learning with Weather and topic work for KS3.
History - we have dedicated pages on KS1 history,  KS2 history and KS3 history. In KS1, pupils will learn about many famous people, including Christopher Columbus. Hands-on activities are a great way to learn - try the Viking activities. Who was The Amesbury Archer? We have plenty of resources on medieval history for KS3 - find out about The open field system, for example.
RE resources can be found at RE Reception & KS1RE KS2RE KS3Belonging is important for us all. In KS2, children will learn about the celebrations of the different religions - Baisakhi is just one example. Learning about various places of worship is an excellent way for young people to gain an understanding of the beliefs of others. Visiting a synagogue may be an outing for KS3 pupils.
Citizenship Our resources for KS1, KS2 and KS3 will help pupils to devlelop an understanding of their communities and society, and show them their opportunities for responsible and active citizenship. Why Playground games? Playing games together is an important way to develop social skills and learn to get on together, sharing and taking turns.
In the Early Years, much learning is achieved through cross-curricular work and practical activities. The Noah's Ark activities will encourage learning and develop creative skills. We have a range of 'topics for a term' which are useful for both parents and teachers in planni ng and supporting work. Foundation Stage topic on buildings encourages children to think about the world around them. Learning about animals is an important part of understanding our world - look at the Topic on petsMy mum is fantastic is a topic full of ideas for young children.
 worksheet Topic work is an excellent way for children to learn and to engage with a subject. Canals played a key part in industrial development and also help us learn about geography. We have compiled a Topic on Canterbury as an example of the way pupils can compile a topic on their own locality. The Topic on South America introduces the study of other countries. Encourage children to try the Topic on Litter to increase awareness of our environment.

Books to help with humanities  For lots more ideas on reading and helping your child, take a look at our Best new books pages. 

50 Fantastic Assembly Stories KS3 History Discover and Learn: Geography Teaching RE Creatively

Best wishes
Jackie Bacon

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