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Humanities

The Humanities curriculum area comprises History, Geography and RE and also includes Politics and Philosophy & Ethics, which are offered in Option K.  To support the wide curriculum offered, the department organises many varied educational visits to see the natural world first hand or deepen understanding of historical events.  In recent years this has included trips to Iceland, Italy and the Belgian battlefields.  The Humanities area also organises successful, enjoyable and thought-provoking RE ‘Stop Days’ where students spend a whole day off timetable looking into moral, religious and ethical issues in greater depth.

Key Stage 3 overview

Geography

Year 7

In Geography, students study four units comprising Continents and the UK; OS Map Skills; Settlements and Australia. Through these units students build key skills such as map work, literacy and knowledge of places. Assessments include examinations, short tests and extended writing.

Year 8

In Year 8, Geography students study a range of topics including weather and climate, ecosystems, the geography of coasts and crime. The range of skills used include: enquiry, asking geographical questions, analysing photos and maps, drawing graphs, discussion, teamwork and cooperative learning.

Year 9

In Year 9, Geography students study a range of topics including people and planet, environmental issues, population and migration, river land forms and hazards such as volcanoes and earthquakes. The range of skills used include: enquiry, asking geographical questions, analysing photos and maps, drawing graphs, discussion, teamwork and cooperative learning.

History

Year 7

In Year 7 History lessons, students will study events including the outcome of the Battle of Hastings; why castle design changed over time; the Crusades; the Black Death; the Peasants Revolt and why local history is important. As part of these studies, various key skills will also be assessed including chronology, historical interpretation and source analysis.

Year 8

In Year 8 we study a range of topics from the 1500 - 1900 period. This will include an investigation into how successfully Elizabeth I solved the problems faced during her reign, the origins and outcome of the English Civil War, as well as the rise and fall of the British Empire. Students will also complete their own research into the development of the transatlantic slave trade. A range of different History skills will be assessed including source work analysis, causation, research skills and historical interpretation.

Year 9

In Year 9 we will study a range of topics from the 20th Century. This will include the following investigations: the Titanic, trench life in WW1, the holocaust in Nazi Germany, the Kennedy assassination and Hiroshima. A range of different History skills will be assessed including source work analysis, causation, research skills and historical interpretation.

RE

Year 7

In Year 7, students will study a range of topics including an introduction to Philosophy. During the year, students develop their knowledge and understanding about world religions and also begin to explore key issues which will begin to prepare them for the GCSE course. Students are expected to show respect and understanding of the views of others and to reflect upon their own experiences.

Year 8

In Year 8 students will study the life and work of key figures who have challenged prejudice and racism including Gandhi and Martin Luther King. Students will also explore attitudes to War and the work of organisations that promote peace. During each topic they will explore the link between beliefs, whether religious or not, and how people act and treat others. In assessment tasks students are encouraged to justify and defend personal opinions about issues and events.

Year 9

In Year 9, students will study a range of topics including science and ethics, and the sanctity of life. The content covered enables students to think about spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues and they are encouraged to view things from the perspectives of others.

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  • “In the vast majority of curriculum areas teachers are subject specialists and this benefits teaching and learning.” Ofsted Dec 2014