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Faculty Leader: Miss Becky Sayers

In Humanities we have developed a curriculum to ensure that powerful knowledge is learnt and retained to allow students to engage and succeed in their GCSEs and inspire them to the world we live in. Students are taught the three subjects of Geography, History and Religious Studies.  Each Key Stage 3 class receives two lessons each week in Geography and History and one lesson each week in RE.  Students are regularly assessed on their learning and receive regular feedback as to how to progress. Students are encouraged to reflect on their learning and make improvements to their work.

Each lesson in Humanities starts with a quiz on previous learning; this is to improve student knowledge retention. As a faculty we have designed knowledge organisers, which outline the exact knowledge students are required to learn and remember. All of the current knowledge organisers can be found on the knowledge organisers section of the school website, under the “Home Study” section. I would encourage you to read through these and assist your child with their weekly quizzing home study whenever possible.

Key Stage 3

Geography

Term

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

1

Geographical Skills

Why is the earth unstable?

What are weather and climate?

2

What are rivers and what impact do they have on our lives?

Why is the earth unstable?

How do humans use different ecosystems?

3

What are rivers and what impact do they have on our lives?

What is happening to the world’s coasts?

What is an NIC?

4

What is development?

What issues do we face with the world’s population?

What is happening to the earth’s climate?

5

What is development?

What issues do we face with the world’s population?

What is happening to the earth’s climate?

6

How is the world’s population structured?

What are the challenges of urban living?

Fieldwork

 History

Term

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

1

How did the Normans conquer and control England?

What was the impact of the Reformation on England?

Why was there another war in 1939?

2

How did the Normans change England?

Why was there a civil war in England in 1642?

What significant events happened during World War Two? (Including the Holocaust)

3

Why did medieval kings face so many challenges?

What was the key factor in the abolition of the slave trade?

What was the significance of the Russian Revolution?

4

What importance did religion have in the Middle Ages?

How did Britain benefit from the Industrial Revolution?

What was the Cold War?

5

What was the importance of the Renaissance? 

Why did the world go to war in 1914?

What was the impact of social responses to the Cold War?

6

What caused the Reformation in Europe and England?

Why were the inter-war years (1919-1938) a significant period of history?

How did the Cold War end?

 Religious Education

Term

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

1

What is so radical about Jesus?

Does religion help people to be good? (Buddhism)

Is religion a power of peace or a cause of conflict in the world today?

2

What is so radical about Jesus?

Does religion help people to be good? (Buddhism)

Is religion a power of peace or a cause of conflict in the world today?

3

Should religious buildings be sold to feed the needy?

Is death the end? Does it matter?

Do we need to prove God’s existence?

4

Should religious buildings be sold to feed the needy?

Is death the end? Does it matter?

Do we need to prove God’s existence? (Christianity area of study 1)

5

What difference does it make to believe in Buddhism?

How can people express the spiritual through music and art? 

What difference does it make to believe in a Messiah?

6

What is good and what is challenging about being a teenage Muslim in Britain today?

What difference does it make to believe in the Covenant of God’s Chosen People.

Why is there suffering? (Baha’I Faith and Buddhism)

 

Key Stage 4

In years 10 and 11, students can study Geography, History or Religious Studies. All students follow one Humanities subject in Key Stage 4 or there is the opportunity to take two subjects.

Geography

Students follow the AQA A Geography GCSE.  The course includes study of modules covering both human and physical geography, including tectonics, rivers, weather and climate, ecosystems, development, population and urban environments. The modules on human and physical geography will be examined in two exams. Students will also be required to carry one piece of fieldwork based on physical geography and one piece of fieldwork based on human geography. These pieces of fieldwork are usually completed during an annual trip to Swanage and, along with other material given to pupils beforehand, will be assessed in an exam at the end of the unit.

History

Students follow AQA History GCSE. In Year 10, students study for for Paper 2 (Shaping the Nation – British History), looking at Britain: Health and the People and Norman England 1066-c.1100. In Year 11, the following modules will be studied ready for Paper 1 (Understanding the modern world): America 1840-1895 and Conflict and Tension in Asia 1950-1975 (Korea and Vietnam). Students will be examined in two papers which are 1 hour and 45 minutes in length at the end of the course.

Religious Studies

Students follow the Edexcel GCSE Religious Studies B: Beliefs in Actions course in which students explore Christina and Muslim beliefs, practices and approaches to different ethical issues. This course will be assessed with two 1 hour 45 minute exam papers. The key subject aim is to enable students to adopt an enquiring, critical and reflective approach to the study of religion. Students will be encouraged to explore religions and beliefs, reflect on ultimate questions, engage with them intellectually, and respond to them personally.

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