In Humanities we challenge students to think critically and creatively about our world and its people. Through teaching Philosophy & Ethics, Geography and History we encourage students to be open-minded and enquire into the past, present and future. Using research, investigation, evaluation and presentation skills we develop a deeper understanding and appreciation of who we are, how we live as part of a changing world and how we can influence our future. We inspire students to find out more and develop into well-rounded, well-informed citizens of the world.
Students are assessed both summatively and formatively in Humanities. We use a range of assessment methods, including end of topic tests, extended writing (essays), poster presentations, verbal presentations and assessment of the practical implementation of key skills (such as map reading). Students are assessed formally once per half-term, to ensure that a regular record of progress is maintained.
Students are not set by ability in Humanities. In Year 7 and Year 8, students are taught in their initial form groups (e.g. 7C) and in Year 9 students are taught in groups alongside others from their ‘half of the year’ dependent on which options they chose at the end of Year 8.
Homework is set according to the school homework policy. Students will be set homework in each Humanities lesson once every three weeks in Year 7 and Year 8, with homework set fortnightly in Year 9 due to the more regular contact time.
Students are assessed formatively and summatively, as at KS3. There is more focus on exam questions in order to build exam technique, with exam questions set during every lesson and with past-papers used at the end of each topic taught as an ‘end of topic exam’. Students also sit a ‘trial examination’ in both Year 10 and Year 11, in which they are expected to prepare as for a ‘real examination’ with students sitting these as a cohort in an examination rather than classroom setting.
Homework is set weekly at KS4. In addition, students will be expected to catch up any missing work before the end of the topic they are studying. Weekly study support sessions are held in which students can catch up on any missing work, or spend more time focussing on areas of the course that they have found difficult.
We currently offer:
• Eco-club (to be rebranded…) on Monday lunchtimes.
• Homework support on Tuesday lunchtimes.
• Christian Union on Tuesday lunchtimes.
• Humanities club on Thursday lunchtimes.
• KS4 Geography support on Tuesday after school.
• KS4 History support on Wednesday after school.
We are looking at offering:
• Politics / debating club
We offer a range of school trips. Those currently planned / being planned are:
• KS3/4 Sicily expedition – June 2017
• KS4 WW1 Battlefields trip – Autumn 2017
• KS3 Auschwitz trip – tbc
• KS3 York residential trip (Humanities club) –tbc
• KS4 British museum visit -tbc
• KS3 Holocaust Centre trip – July 2016
• KS4 Geography fieldwork (x2) – tbc
There are a large number of careers which studying Humanities subjects can lead to. Humanities subjects are often seen as “facilitating” subjects as the skills developed through studying the Humanities are applicable to many different fields and industries. Humanities subjects are also highly regarded by Universities, with many degree courses specifying an A-Level in a Humanities subject as part of their entry-requirements.
Some examples of careers specifically linked to the study of Humanities subjects are:
Geography – Meteorologist, Chartered Surveyor, Environmental Officer, Climate Scientist, GIS Analyst, Marketing Consultant, Journalism, Town Planner, Cartographer, Conservationist.
History – Journalist, Politician, Restoration, Lawyer, Solicitor, Civil Service, Archaeologist, Curator, Archivist, Heritage management
Philosophy & Ethics – Ministry, Counsellor, Social Worker, Lawyer, Medicine, Youth Worker, Journalist, Charity Officer, Archivist.
Those wishing to continue their learning in subjects related to the Humanities during their Post-16 education may wish to consider the following courses, all of which can be studied locally. These courses may lead to jobs in a variety of different fields, to apprenticeships or to Higher Education courses.
• A-Level Anthropology
• A-Level Economics
• A-Level Environmental Science
• A-Level Geography
• A-Level Politics
• A-Level Sociology
• Introductory Diploma in Agriculture
• Intermediate Certificate in Travel and Tourism
• Intermediate Diploma in Forestry and Arboriculture
• Advanced Diploma in Countryside Management
• A-Level Ancient History
• A-Level Archaeology
• A-Level History
• A-Level Law
• A-Level Politics
• BTEC Diploma in Applied Law
Philosophy & Ethics:
• A-Level Philosophy
• A-Level Politics
• A-Level Psychology
• A-Level Religious Studies
• A-Level Sociology
• Intermediate Certificate in Health and Social Care
There are also a number of different routes which students can follow upon leaving their Post-16 education, both academically and vocationally.
Degree subjects: Geography; Conservation and Ecology; Environmental Science; Geographical Information Systems (GIS); Hydrology; Oceanography; Geology; Meteorology; Climatology; Town and Country Planning.
Apprenticeships: Agricultural & land-based studies; Conservation; Construction; Energy; Engineering and Electrical; Hospitality and Travel; Marine; Vehicles and Transport.
Degree subjects: History; Law; Politics; History of Art; Sociology; Archaeology; American Studies; European Studies.
Apprenticeships: Creative, Media & the Arts; Cultural and Heritage venue operations; Legal Services; Agriculture & land-based industries.
Philosophy & Ethics
Degree subjects: Anthropology, Philosophy, Theology, Sociology, Psychology, Criminology
Apprenticeships: Social care, Health care, Mental health / outreach.
Learning Director of Humanities