|CURRICULUM AREA LEADER||MS MICKY TUMBER|
The Humanities department encompasses four subjects: History, Geography, Religious Education and Citizenship. At present, students study both History and Geography for two periods a week from Year 7 to Year 9 and three periods a week in Year 10 and Year 11. Religious Education is taught for one period a week in Years 8 and Year 9 and two periods a week in Year 10 and Year 11.
All four subjects are an important part of your child’s curriculum offer and are taught by specialist teachers.
Geography aims to advance students’ understanding of the features of the Earth, such as mountains, rivers and seas and how they were formed. In addition, it develops an appreciation of the cultures and backgrounds of people from all over the world. The subject stimulates curiosity and encourages students to cultivate a depth of knowledge and understanding of current events, from the local area to the global. The curriculum is designed to enable students to investigate both physical and human aspects of geography, as well as develop a range of useful skills such as map reading, data collection, ICT and problem solving.
History is an excellent training in developing the young mind in making decisions based on evidence, empathy and curiosity. Students are encouraged to think critically about the past, and use their learning to make sense of changing developments in the present and future. The curriculum is designed to give students an overview, at KS3, of the key periods of study necessary to succeed and flourish at GCSE and beyond.
Religious Education is important because it provokes challenging questions about the purpose of life, beliefs about God, the self, the nature of reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human. It enhances pupils’ awareness of religions and beliefs, teachings, practices and forms of expression, as well as enabling pupils to develop respect for others, in particular those whose faith and beliefs are different from their own.
Please click on the following links for the Curriculum and Assessment Maps for 2017-18.
Please click on the following links for the 2017-18 KS4 Curriculum Guides.