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Humanities

Members of Staff and Responsibilities

Mr Stuart Gray – Director of Learning for Humanities
Ms Roisin Davison – Head of History
Mrs Alison Tuckey – Head of Geography
Mrs Helen Mason – Head of Law & Co-ordinator for Gifted & Talented Students
Mr Phil Powell 
Mrs Jo Addecott – Asst. Head of Year 8
Mrs Kate Poole – Head of Year 9
Mrs Susan Scott – Head of Year 8
Miss Ella Wood – Head of Year10

KS3 History Curriculum

The students carry out studies of people; what they did, why and the consequences these actions had on society. They study the rise and fall of Empires, the development of new Nations, war and peace, hope and despair. It is the study of the events and people who shaped our world that offers our students the chance of contributing their own small part in shaping a better future.

The history curriculum encourages our students to think, to evaluate, argue, listen, reflect and empathise. The history lessons allow our children to come to their own conclusions and have an opinion. History itself, demands children to care, learn from the mistakes of the past and take responsibility for taking civilisation into the new Millennium.

YEAR 7

  1. History skills- chronology, time lines, primary/secondary sources (use of evidence), developing a hypothesis
  2. Medieval Realms 1- Saxon England, 1066 and battle of Hastings, Norman England (feudal system, Doomsday Book, castles)
  3. Medieval Realms 2- Life in a medieval town and village, food, housing, entertainment, crusades, Black Death

Guest external contributors: Battle of Hastings re-enactment

YEAR 8

  1. Tudors- Henry 8th and Reformation, Dissolution of Monasteries, Elizabeth and Mary Queen of Scots, Spanish Armada
  2. Stuarts- Charles 1 and Civil War, Oliver Cromwell, Restoration of the Monarchy
  3. Native Americans- life pre-arrival of Europeans, changes post 1492, life on the reservations, life for modern native Americans
  4. Trade and Industry- slave trade, agriculture and industry, transport, child labour, towns and public health

Guest external contributors: Civil war re-enactment

KS4 Curriculum

There are currently three GCSE options you can take in KS4: GCSE History (EDEXCEL), GCSE Geography (AQA) and GCSE Citizenship (OCR). All students must complete the Religious Studies B Short-course (AQA) and some may opt to complete the Religious Studies B Full-Course (AQA). GCSE Geography is also available to Pathway 1 students as an early option course that starts in year 9 and finishes in year 10. Students have five hours a fortnight for an elected subject at KS4 and 1 lesson a fortnight of Core RE.

History

Course content? The History course explores a wide range of topics:

  1. Crime & Punishment c1000 to present (Paper 1) explores the changing natures of crimes / criminal activity, the changing nature of law enforcement / punishment. Special topic- crime and policing in Whitehall & Jack the Ripper.
  2. Superpower Relations & Cold War 1941-1991 / Henry VIII and his Ministers 1509-1540 (Paper 2) explores USA and USSR relations between 1945-1991 and events which caused friction between the two. The Tudor module addresses the religious and political conflicts during the reign of Henry VIII.
  3. USA 1954-1975 Conflict at Home and Abroad (Paper 3) addresses the Civil Rights Movement in America and American involvement in the Vietnam War.

How is this course assessed? The History course is assessed through three exams in Year 11:

1. Crime & Punishment c1000 to present (Paper 1) = 30% (1 hour 15 mins)
Question types: Describe, evaluate Sources, Comparison, Explain cause, extended essay.

2. Superpower Relations & Cold War 1941-1991 / Henry VIII and his Ministers 1509-1540 (Paper 2) = 40% (1 hour 45 mins)
Question types: Explain cause and consequence, evaluate importance, extended essay.

3. USA 1954-1975: Conflict at Home and Abroad (Paper 3) = 30% (1 hour 20 mins)

Question types: Explain, Infer, Evaluate Sources and Interpretations.

Geography

Course content? Geography is about understanding people and places. It is about investigating and making sense of environmental and social issues at local, national and global levels. The new Geography course explores a wide range of interesting topics:

  1. The Physical Environment will investigate: Tectonic and Weather Hazards; Ecosystems such as Tropical Rainforests and Deserts; and UK landscapes including Coasts and Rivers.
  2. The Human Environment will investigate: Urban (city) challenges such as Sustainability; Global Trade and Development issues; and Resource Management challenges such as Food Security.
  3. The Fieldwork Trips will investigate Physical (natural) and Human Environment topics for class project work. Also, a mystery topical issue based on pre-release information will be explored.

How is this course assessed? The Geography course is assessed through 3 exams in Year 11:

1Living with the Physical Environment (1.5 hours) – Question types: multiple-choice, short answer, source interpretation, extended prose and SPaG

2Challenges in the Human Environment (Paper 2) = 35% (1.5 hours) – Question types: multiple-choice, source interpretation, short answer, extended prose and SPaG

3Geographical Applications – Skills (Paper 3) = 30% (1.25 hours) – Question types: multiple-choice, short answer, source interpretation, extended prose and SPaG

KS5 Curriculum

Humanities currently offer six subjects at KS5. We teach A Levels in Law (OCR), Philosophy & Ethics (OCR), History (OCR) and Geography (OCR). The Humanities Department also delivers the EPQ (Extended Project Qualification). Information on these courses can be found below or by following the links to the Sixth Form website.

Extra-Curricular Opportunities

The Humanities Staff are responsible for a huge range of extra-curricular activities, clubs and roles. Please find below a selection of events and activities which gives a flavour of what we offer.

In-School Clubs and Activities

  • Union 2 – including St. Augustine’s / Clarendon / local clergy Multi-Faith Room G30
  • Multi-Faith Day / Multi-Faith Week
  • Religious Visitors
  • Humanities DVD Library
  • Holocaust Assembly every year

National Extra-Curricular Activities

  • (Yr8) Quantocks Field Trip (Yr 9 & Yr 12) every October
  • Dorset Project Day Trip (Yr 8)
  • @Bristol Trips / Projects (Yr 8/9)
  • Junior Magistrates Bar Mock Trial (Yr 8-9)
  • Model United Nations Conference (KS3-5)
  • Geography 5 day Field Trip every November (Yr 12)
  • Ten-Tors: 6 camping weekends every September-May (Yr 9-Yr 12)

International Extra-Curricular Activities

  • History 3 day Trenches Trip every July (KS4)
  • History 5 day Berlin Trip every Feb (Yr 12)
  • Lessons from Auschwitz Project Seminars & Trip every March (2 Yr 13 students)

If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact one of the members of staff in the Humanities Faculty.