Humanities

Curriculum

All pupils will gain a comprehensive understanding of the world and their place in it. Through a broad and knowledge-rich History, Geography, and Religious Education curriculum, each pupil will develop their ability to communicate effectively, collaborate with their peers, and think critically. By studying how the world works, the actions of humans before them, and the current beliefs of humans, our pupils will be exceptionally-equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to flourish in their futures.

COVID-19

In Humanities, we have made the decision that all of the subject content we teach during Key Stage 3 is vitally important for our pupils’ development, as well as their ability to access the GCSE content in History and Geography. Due to the reduced amount of time pupils have had in schools during the 2019/20 academic year, the following changes have been made to the curriculum for the 2020/21 academic year:

  • Pupils entering Y8 will cover the following Y7 topics, in addition to their Y8 content:
    • Norman England,
    • Medieval England,
    • Power and the people (1170 – 1381),
    • Tropical Rainforests,
    • Africa,
    • Extreme Weather,
    • Introduction to Religious Education,
    • Christianity,
    • Islam

If needed, some of the Y8 content will be taught in Y9.

  • Pupils entering Y9 will cover the following Y8 topics in History and Geography – in addition to their Y9 content:
    • The Slave Trade, Power and the people (1688 – 1901),
    • Power and the people (1901 – present),
    • Hot Deserts,
    • China,
    • Rivers and Formations (as we begin teaching GCSE content in Y10, it is imperative that we cover this vital content before the end of the year. As such, our Y9 content will be condensed to allow this to happen.

Condensing the Y9 content does not mean watering it down. Our Y9 pupils will need to work hard and this will be a very important year for them).

  • Pupils entering Y9 will cover the following topics in Religious Education:
    • Introduction to Religious Education, Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism

(As Religious Education is not currently a GCSE option within the school, the decision has been made to concentrate on providing the pupils with the knowledge and understanding of the major world religions.)

Key Stage 3

Pupils at Key Stage 3 are taught a vast expanse of topics that provide both a knowledge-rich curriculum and a strong foundation on which to study the subjects at GCSE level.

Y7

Introduction to the History

Introduction to Geography

Introduction to Religious Education

Ancient Worlds

UK Coasts

Christianity

The Norman Conquest

Development

Christianity

Norman England

Tropical Rainforests

Islam

Medieval England

Africa

Islam

Power and the People (1170-1381)

Extreme Weather

Religious Values

Y8

Tudor England

UK National Parks

Practices, Beliefs and Values

Power and the People (1605-1649)

Restless Earth

Judaism

Power and the People (1649-1688)

Population and Urbanisation

Hinduism

The Slave Trade

Hot Deserts

Buddhism

Power and the People (1688-1901)

China

Sikhism

Power and the People (1901-today)

Rivers and Formations

Critical Reflection on Religion

Y9

The First World War

Russia

Rights & Responsibilities

The Russian Revolution

Glacial Landscapes of the UK

Christian Ethics

Communist Russia

Resources in Crisis

Islamic Ethics

The Second World War

Cold Environments

Authority and Wisdom

The Holocaust

The Geography of Crime

Media Ethics

The Cold War

Climate Change

Global Issues

Pupils are assessed formally twice per year. All assessments model GCSE style questions and pupils will receive a percentage after each assessment. Assessments can contain questions on any of the previous topics from KS3 which means pupils have to be able to recall content from the whole year.

Key Stage 4

Exam Board – AQA

Awards – GCSE History, GCSE Geography

After a comprehensive Key Stage 3 programme, pupils will be given the option of studying either History or Geography at GCSE level. The content and form of the examinations can be seen below.

Geography

Paper 1

Natural Hazards

The Living World

The Landscape of the UK

Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes

88 marks (+3 for SPaG)

35% of GCSE

Paper 2

Urban Issues

Changing Economies

Resource Managing

Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes

88 marks (+3 for SPaG)

35% of GCSE

Paper 3

Issue Evaluation

Fieldwork

 

Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes

76 marks (+6 for SPaG)

30% of GCSE

History

Paper 1

Russia (1894 – 1945)

Cold War (1945 – 1972)

Written exam: 2 hours

84 marks (+4 for SPaG)

50% of GCSE

Paper 2

Power and the people (1170 – today)

Norman England (1066 – c.1100)

Written exam: 2 hours

84 marks (+4 for SPaG)

50% of GCSE

Home Learning

Home Learning in Humanities consists of utilising the topic-based knowledge organisers to compete activities that augment the classroom learning. These activities involve learning the spelling and definitions of key terminology, practising key subject-specific skills, and revising the knowledge for end-of-topic tests.

How can you help?

  1. Make sure your child is reading every night. Reading for pleasure is fundamental to academic success in every subject.
  2. Read our half-termly newsletter so that you know what your child is studying. Having conversations about topics of study can be powerful.
  3. Help your child with their home learning in Humanities. You can quiz them on the facts that they need to learn.