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Humanities

The main objective for the Humanities Department is to provide the students with a knowledge and understanding of the world around them. We want students to be able to use this understanding to interact within that world in a confident manner.

History topics are taught in a chronological order to provide students with a basis for how the world has developed to date. The focus is on British history, but other past societies are also studied, to provide a balanced view of the world from a global perspective.

Geography is taught to provide the students with a knowledge and understanding of both human and physical aspects of our world and its population.

                   History

Topics in History have a strong leaning towards British history, covering all the main historical events and periods from the medieval era starting in 1066 through to the world wars in the 20th Century finishing in 1945. These topics are designed to give the students an opportunity to gain knowledge and skills through learning their own history and to encourage an understanding of how their lives have been directly affected by the past. To compliment, we have included topics to widen their understanding of world history. For example, ‘The Black Peoples of America’ and ‘The Roman Empire’ which have both had a significant influence on our modern lives in Britain.

                   Geography

In Geography, both Human and Physical topics are covered including an foundation topic called ‘Start local, think global’ designed to widen their understanding from the areas they know well to the places in the world they know much less about. Map and atlas learning will form the basis of the pupils’ skills learning. We will also cover studies which will encourage the pupils to think about how we treat the world around us in ‘Threatened Environments’ and compare a contrasting culture to their own with country case study of India. The aim is to increase the pupils’ confidence by widening their view of the world around them and improving their sense of time and place in the modern world. GCSE Geography has been taught at Key stage 4 (part of our Upper School) for the past 3 years.

               Citizenship

In Citizenship we transfer the skills and knowledge learnt in History and Geography together and apply it to the modern world. It is intended that the pupils will therefore be able to understand the way their worlds work with the benefit of knowledge of how the world has developed over time.

The pupils will study modules that directly affect their lives such as ‘What is Citizenship?’ giving them an understanding of how important it is to belong and act effectively in a community. This is also looked at further in the module ‘Media and Society’. Pupils will also learn about areas that will affect them more in their future lives, such as ‘Human Rights’, ‘Crime and Punishment’.

Where and how is Humanities taught?

Humanities lessons are taught in a dedicated classroom that has a projector, computers for every student and an extensive library of books, magazines and evidence-based resources. We also have a specific area to review relevant film clips, documentaries and films on a larger

screen. Lessons are differentiated completely, so that all pupils can engage, learn about and understand the wide variety of topics that are studied.

Learning is designed to utilize a variety of the resources available as well as discussion and literacy based learning to support students in expressing their opinion and understanding. Educational visits to places of interest such as local museums and cities such as Bristol and Bath are organised to enhance learning.

Foundation level (Years 6-8)

Number of lessons per week: 2 lessons per week

                     Overview

At Foundation Level, Humanities is taught through modules as outlined above, in a programme that includes two topics each of History, Geography and Citizenship each year.

Year 6

Year 7

Year 8

CITIZENSHIP

C1: What is citizenship?

HISTORY

H1: The Roman Empire

HISTORY

H3: The Making of the UK

CITIZENSHIP

C2: Media & Society

GEOGRAPHY

G1: Start local, think global

GEOGRAPHY

G3: Threatened Environments

CITIZENSHIP

C3: Human Rights

HISTORY

H2: Medieval Britain

HISTORY

H4: Industrial Britain

CITIZENSHIP

C4: Crime & punishment

GEOGRAPHY

G2: Weather & Climate

GEOGRAPHY

G4: India

   Upper School (Years 10 & 11)

Option subject

Qualification: GCSE Geography

Examination Board: AQA

Number of lessons per week: 2 periods per week.

              Overview

In year 10, students can opt to study a two-year GSCE Humanities course.

The Geography GCSE programme of study explores the issues which challenge human societies and is tailor made to allow the pupils the maximum learning opportunity through differentiated lessons and opportunities to engage all learners.

The GCSE consists of two Core topics:
Challenges of the Physical world and Challenges of the Human world

In addition, the students will complete two field studies relating to the two core areas. Assessment will be in the form of 3 exams in the June of Year 11.

Year 9 Year 10 Year 11

HISTORY 

H5: The World Wars

GCSE GEOGRAPHY

Core 1

CHALLENGES OF THE PHYSICAL WORLD

GCSE GEOGRAPHY
Core 1

CHALLENGES OF THE HUMAN WORLD

GEOGRAPHY

G5: Earthquakes & Volcanoes

HISTORY

H6: Black Peoples of America

GEOGRAPHY

G6: Development