folder Humanities

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The Humanities area encompasses the teaching of Geography, History and Sociology.

We aim to:

  • to enhance pupils understanding of physical, human and environmental activity in the world.
  • stimulate pupils’ interest in their surroundings and in the variety of physical and human conditions on the earth's surface;
  • foster pupils’ sense of wonder at the beauty of the worlds around them;
  • help pupils to develop an informed concern, for the quality of the environment and the
  • future of the human habitat, thereby enhancing their sense of responsibility for the care of the earth and its people for a sustainable future;
  • give pupils an enlightened view of the past, to develop skills and understanding by handling documents from the past
  • realise the true worth of the events that have helped to shape our world today.

The Humanities Department are:

Mr S Jessop - Head of Department & i/c History & Sociology
Mrs N Sparey - Second in Department & i/c Geography
Mrs C Corbin - Assistant Headteacher & Geography Teacher
Miss J Davies - History & Geography Teacher
Mrs R Duncan - History Teacher
Mr A Ebbage - Head of Year & Geography Teacher
Mr A Jenkinson - History Teacher

Keystage 3

In Humanities we are allocated 3 hours a week in Year 7, 8 & 9. This time is divided up as follows:

  • Year 7 Geography = 2 hours

History = 1 hour

  • Year 8 Geography = 1 hour

History = 2 hours

  • Year 9 Geography = 1.5 hours

History = 1.5 hours

Key Stage 4

Students in Year 9 complete their options for study in Year 10 & 11 and are able to choose to study any of the Humanities subjects. Each subject is allocated 2.5 hours of teaching time each week and all students work towards a full GCSE qualification after two years of study.


Key Stage Three


The national curriculum for Geography aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • develop contextual knowledge of the location of places, seas and oceans, including their defining physical and human characteristics
  • understand the processes that give rise to key physical and human geographical features of the world, how these are interdependent and how they bring about spatial variation and change over time
  • are competent in the geographical skills needed to collect, analyse and communicate with a range of data gathered through experiences of fieldwork that deepen their understanding of geographical processes
  • interpret a range of sources of geographical information, including maps, diagrams, globes, aerial photographs and Geographical Information Systems
  • communicate geographical information in a variety of ways, including through maps and writing at length.

Year 7 Areas of study

  • Our local area
  • Coasts
  • Africa
  • Weather & Climate
  • Tourism

Year 8 Areas of study

  • Rivers & flooding
  • Population & migration
  • City living
  • Resources

Year 9 Areas of study

  • Earth story
  • Rainforests
  • Globalisation
  • Changing climate
  • Crime.

Key Stage Three


The national curriculum for history aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • know and understand the history of these islands as a coherent, chronological narrative, from the earliest times to the present day: how people’s lives have shaped this nation and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world
  • know and understand significant aspects of the history of the wider world: the nature of ancient civilisations; the expansion and dissolution of empires; characteristic features of past non-European societies; achievements and follies of mankind
  • gain and deploy a historically-grounded understanding of abstract terms such as ‘empire’, ‘civilisation’, ‘parliament’ and ‘peasantry’
  • understand historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance, and use them to make connections, draw contrasts, analyse trends, frame historically-valid questions and create their own structured accounts, including written narratives and analyses
  • understand the methods of historical enquiry, including how evidence is used rigorously to make historical claims, and discern how and why contrasting arguments and interpretations of the past have been constructed
  • gain historical perspective by placing their growing knowledge into different contexts, understanding the connections between local, regional, national and international history; between cultural, economic, military, political, religious and social history; and between short- and long-term timescales.

Year 7 Areas of study

  • Introductory Skills Unit
  • Development of Church, State and Society in Medieval Britain 1066-1509 (Norman Conquest, Medieval life and King vs. Church)
  • Chronological aspect in British History pre-1066 (Development of  Democracy/Citizenship)

Year 8 Areas of Study

  • Development of Church, State and Society in Britain 1509-1745 (Tudors & Civil War)
  • Chronological aspect in British History pre-1066 (Development of Medicine)
  • Ideas, Political Power, Industry and Empire, 1745-1901 (Industrial Revolution & Political Reform)
  • Significant issue in World History (Early America)

Year 9 Areas of study

  • Significant issue in World History (Slave Trade and Abolition)
  • Challenges to Britain, Europe and the wider world 1901 to the present day (First World War, Nazi Germany, Second World War, Cold War & War on Terror)

Key Stage Four


Geography tackles big issues that are important.

  • · Environmental responsibility
  • · Global Interdependence
  • · Cultural Understanding
  • · Looking to the future

Geography  is a flexible subject. It is a bridge between Arts and Sciences and it will help with a large variety of careers.Geographers have one of the highest rates of employability, being highly regarded  by employers as flexible, well rounded, knowledgeable students.Geography offers practical skills including map reading, fieldwork and problem solving. Collecting and analysing data in order to make conclusions.

Modern research techniques are used to access up-to-date information.


The Syllabus:

We follow the OCR B Geography for Enquiring Minds Syllabus:

  • · 35% Our Natural World
  • · 35% People and Society
  • · 30% Geographical Exploration

Key Stage Four


In our age of mass communication, society desperately needs people who can work out the true meaning of conflicting information.

That is primarily what History is all about. Finding answers to difficult questions using the vast amounts of information available to us.

The History course is designed to be challenging as well as holding your interest.

History provides a relevant and enjoyable story mixed in with evaluation skills and  the ability to present an argument.

The Syllabus:

We follow the AQA History Syllabus.:

  • · 25% - Causes & Events of World War One, 1894-1918
  • · 25% - Health & People in Britain, 1000-present day
  • · 25% - USA 1918-1973
  • · 25% - Elizabeth I 1568-1603

Key Stage Four


Sociology may be a new subject to you but it is one of the five most popular subjects at A-level.  

So what is it? Well in simple terms sociology aims to understand how society works and what part people play in how it runs. It is a fascinating process that has occupied peoples minds for over 100 years.

The course includes a study of elements of society including Family and Crime as well as an ability to use research skills and analyse data.  

Lessons will incorporate a variety of source material, opportunities for discussion and presentation of points of view.

The Syllabus:

We follow the AQA Sociology Syllabus.

  • · 25% Family
  • · 25% Education
  • · 25% Crime & Deviance
  • · 25% Social Stratification