Humanities

General Overview

The Humanities Department is comprised of the subject disciplines of Geography, History and Religious Education. The experienced staff have a fantastic reputation among students for dynamic lessons, challenging learning and stimulating discussions.

Staff

Mr M Burns BSc. (Hons) – Head of Humanities and teacher of History and Geography
Mrs R James BA (Hons) MA (Ed) – Assistant Leader of Humanities and teacher of Geography
Mr P Harper BA (Hons) – Assistant Curriculum Leader of RE
Mrs D McGarry BA (Hons) – Teacher of History

Aims

The aim of Humanities is to encourage students to gain and develop knowledge, conceptual understanding, research skills, analytical and interpretive skills, and communication skills, contributing to the development of the student as a whole. Humanities aims to encourage students to respect and understand the world around them, and to provide a skills base to facilitate further study. This is achieved through the study of individuals, societies and environments in a wide context: historical, contemporary, geographical, political, social, economic, religious, technological and cultural.

Geography:

KS3 Curriculum

In Key Stage 3 Geography, learning deepens and students continue to investigate a wide range of people, places and environments. They start to learn about the geographical patterns and processes and the political, economic, social and environmental factors affecting people and places.

They also learn about the interdependence between places and environments and carry out geographical enquiry inside and outside the classroom. They may ask geographical questions such as, “How and why is this landscape changing?”, “What is the impact of the changes?” and “How do different people feel about this?”

Students collect and analyse statistical evidence to answer such questions and are encouraged to develop a personal opinion. They also use a wide range of geographical skills and resources, such as maps, satellite images and ICT to answer questions.

KS4 Curriculum

  • The Challenge of Natural Hazards
  • Physical Landscapes in the UK
  • The Living World
  • Geographical Applications
  • The Challenge of Resource Management
  • Urban Issues and Challenges
  • The Changing Economic World

GCSE

Exam Board: AQA

Specification: Geography 8035

Examination: Paper 1 – 1 hour 30 minutes (35%) Paper 2 – 1 hour 30 minutes (35%) Paper3 – 1 hour 15 minutes (30%)

Trips & Activities

  • Year 7 Humanities visit to Chichester to extend thinking and enquiry skills
  • GCSE Geography residential trip to Iceland
  • GCSE Geography fieldwork in Brighton
  • Links to specific events such as Fair-trade fortnight, Oxfam Water Week and Send Our Friend to School campaign.

History:

KS3 Curriculum

In Key Stage 3 History students study local, British and world history. This includes learning about significant events, people and changes from the recent and more distant past.

KS4 Curriculum

  • Medicine in Britain c. 1250 – present
  • Early Elizabethan England
  • American West
  • The USA 1954 – 75: Conflict at home and abroad

GCSE

Exam Board: Edexcel

Specification: History 1HI0

Exam: Paper 1 – 1 hour 15 minutes (30%) Paper 2 – 1 hour 45 minutes (40%) Paper 3 – 1 hour 20 minutes (30%)

Trips & Activities

  • Year 7 Humanities visit to Chichester to extend thinking and enquiry skills
  • Year 9 RE/History visit to holocaust survivor at Chichester Cathedral
  • Year 9 and 10 History residential trip to World War I battlefields in Belgium and France.
  • Year 9 and 10 History/RE residential trip to Auschwitz
  • GCSE History trip to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
  • Links to specific events such as Black History Month and Holocaust Day

R.E.

KS3 Curriculum

Religious Education in Key Stage 3 contributes dynamically to students education by provoking challenging questions about meaning and purpose in life, beliefs about God, ultimate reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human.

In RE they learn about and from religions and worldviews in local, national and global contexts, to discover, explore and consider different answers to these questions. They learn to weigh up the value of wisdom from different sources, to develop and express their insights in response, and to agree or disagree respectfully.

Teaching equips students with systematic knowledge and understanding of a range of religions and worldviews, enabling them to develop their ideas, values and identities. It develops in students an aptitude for dialogue so that they can participate positively in our society with its diverse religions and worldviews. Students gain and deploy the skills needed to understand, interpret and evaluate texts, sources of wisdom and authority and other evidence. They learn to articulate clearly and coherently their personal beliefs, ideas, values and experiences while respecting the right of others to differ.

KS4 Curriculum

  • The Island
  • Judaism – Key Beliefs & Festivals
  • Christianity – Key Beliefs & Festivals
  • Thematic Studies
  • Human Rights and Social Justice
  • Sexual Relationships and Family
  • Crime and Punishment
  • Peace and Conflict
  • Existence of God

GCSE

Exam Board: AQA

Specification: Religious Studies (Spec A)

Exam: Paper 1 50% Paper 2 50%

Trips & Activities

  • Year 7 Humanities visit to Chichester to extend thinking and enquiry skills.
  • Year 9 RE/History visit to holocaust survivor at Chichester Cathedral
  • Year 9 and 10 History residential trip to World War I battlefields in Belgium and France.
  • Year 9 and 10 History/RE residential trip to Auschwitz
  • GCSE RE visit to Jewish Museum in London
  • Links to specific events such as Black History Month, Holocaust Day, Fair-trade fortnight, Oxfam Water Week and Send our Friend to School campaign.

 

 

 

 

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