The Humanities Faculty is proud of its focus on challenging and engaging pupils to think for themselves. Learning is focused on a variety of activities that seek to push the thinking skills of each individual. In Year 7 and Year 8, pupils undertake an integrated Humanities Curriculum which includes related units on Geography, History and RE. This provides a coherent experience for pupils starting at the school. This is enhanced by the experience of having a single teacher who has a better understanding of how to push each pupil towards their own personal targets.
In Year 9 there is a separation of subjects in preparation for GCSE examinations. In all cases, pupils experience a total of 4 hours of teaching per week.
Pupils undertake termly Homework Projects for which they take full responsibility.
What will be studied in Year 7
Geography units include Fantastic Places and Africa and Asia. In History lessons, pupils investigate the Medieval England and Elizabeth I. Religious Education includes an Introduction to RS and Cradle to Grave.
What will be studied in Year 8
In Geography, studies include Risky World and Paradise Lost. In History, key topics include the Freedom Road and World War One. RE topics include Is there life after death? and Buddhism.
What will be studied in Year 9
The aim for year 9 is to develop skills and bridge the gap to GCSE. In Geography lessons, pupils focus on Under the Sea and Global Challenges with a focus on increasing knowledge of issues at a local, national and global scale, as well as developing the core geographical skills of research, data presentation and analysis.
In History lessons, the focus is on the World War Two and the Cold War. This includes the potential positives and negatives of warfare on humanity, and the clash of democracy and dictatorship as ideologies. The focus is on understanding and evaluating cause and effect and the relationship between individuals and greater society.
The Year 9 RE course is based on two core issues: Ultimate Questions and It's not fair. Pupils are encouraged to increase their knowledge and understanding of the world and its people, as well as reflecting upon their own lifestyles, beliefs and opinions.