Humanities

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INTRODUCTION

Currently Humanities is delivered throughout the school. In the Lower School history and geography are delivered by class teachers and in the senior department by a specialist Humanities teacher.

AIMS AND OBJECTIVES

To inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world around them and to understand the interactions between physical and human processes. To gain a knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and the wider world and to inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past.

SUBJECT CONTENT

Geography – a range of scales from local to global, exploring physical, human and environmental topics.

History – studying discrete periods in history and themes across historical periods.

KEY STAGE 1

Delivered by class teachers as part of a topic based curriculum.
Pupils develop an understanding of the world around them which will be the school and their homes and use observations to look at the changing seasons. Pupils will begin to explore the idea of the past in relation to their lives, very much focusing on the immediate past.

KEY STAGE 2

Humanities delivered through a topic based curriculum.
In geography pupils will learn about the world’s significant features and explain the difference between physical and human features. In history pupils will start to explain similarities and differences between periods of history studied and use sources.

KEY STAGE 3

Humanities delivered to both KS3 classes as part of a KS3 topic.
Geography and History will alternate on a half termly basis and be delivered by a subject specialist. Geography will build on KS2, focusing on using pupils’ observations and trying to inspire a curiosity in the world around them. History will ask pupils to draw comparisons between the past and now through period specific study (The Middle Ages) and a theme (technology)

KEY STAGE 4

The Key Stage 4 class are working towards ASDAN Short Course Geography which is a stand-alone accreditation but can also be used to count towards Personal Development Programmes. Pupils will complete a portfolio of work on topics from a wide range of subjects such as My Place, Food, Energy, Waste, Physical Processes and Sport and Leisure. The course allows flexibility for pupils to continue for another year or pick it up again at a later point.

POST 16

No Humanities is currently delivered at Post 16.

ACCREDITATION ROUTES

The main accreditation route at present is through ASDAN Short Course.

THIS SUBJECT ADHERES TO THE RELEVENT POLICY GUIDELINES OUTLINED IN THE SCHOOL GENERAL POLICY DOCUMENT.

COMPREHENSIVE DOCUMENTATION IS HELD BY THE SUBJECT CO-ORDINATOR WHO, FOR THIS SUBJECT IS GEMMA EMANUEL 

APPROVAL BY GOVERNORS:

REVIEW DATE: September 2018


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