|CURRICULUM AREA LEADER||MS MICKY TUMBER|
The Humanities department encompasses five subjects: History, Geography, Religious Studies, Sociology and Citizenship. At present, students study all five subjects in Y7 and 8 on a Humanities carousel. In Year 9 students have the option of picking any of these subjects for GCSE, which they study for three periods a week each in Years 9-11.
All five 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.
Sociology helps students develop a wide range of knowledge and understanding about society, and how sociologists study and understand its structures, processes and issues. Sociology is exciting, interesting and relevant to students' lives. The GCSE specification is fully examined, with no coursework. Students are encouraged to question evidence and issues and develop their critical and evaluation skills. There is a smooth progression from GCSE to A-level Sociology.
Please click on the following links for the Curriculum and Assessment Maps for 2019-20.