Humanities

Aim

The Humanities Department aims to develop in the students a confident understanding and appreciation of History and Geography in Key Stage 3 and History, Geography, Sociology, Psychology and Health & Social Care in Key Stage 4.

We nurture questioning minds and the development of independent thinking.  Teachers in the department are renowned for their innovative teaching methods.  This ensures that students gain transferable skills (interpretation, evaluation, analysis) to enable them to excel across the curriculum and in the modern workplace.

Curriculum Plan

Year 7 and 8 students study History and Geography. They study a range of topics linked to the National Curriculum.

History topics

include-

Geography Topics include-
-Plague, Invasion and Murder

-World War One

-Prehistoric Britain

-Leicester’s Landmarks

-Deadly Earth

-Glaciers

-Populations

-Crime

Year 9, 10 and 11 students can opt for 5 GCSE subjects offered by the Humanities department; History, Geography, Sociology, Psychology and Health and Social Care.

History

In History students study the Edexcel GCSE course. They will complete 4 units-

  • Medicine through time, c1250- present
  • The American West c1835-c1895
  • Anglo-Saxon and Norman England, c1060-88
  • Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918-1939

Through the study of History, students will develop essential key skills, which are invaluable in the world today. These skills include communication, literacy, numeracy, the ability to understand and the tools to critically evaluate all kinds of information. They will be taught how to handle evidence, make value judgements, write a balanced argument and, perhaps most importantly, how to think for themselves.

Geography

The course that students will study is called Geography for Enquiring Minds and is an OCR course. It includes eight topics areas, encapsulating both the geography of the UK and the rest of the world. The eight topics are; Global Hazards, Changing Climate, Distinctive Landscapes, Sustaining Ecosystems, Urban Futures, Dynamic Development, UK in the 21st Century and Resource Reliance.

Sociology

Students follow the OCR examination syllabus for Sociology.

All students study a range of topics, which are very interesting and up to date. Students will learn about and question the society in which they live. They will have the opportunity to develop their debating skills and are able to research a topic of their choice.

The topics studied are: Family, Education, Mass Media, Research Methods, Culture, Socialisation, Identity and Investigating Society.

Students will complete 3 exam papers; Sociology Basics,

Socialisation, Culture and Identity and Applying Sociological Research Techniques

Psychology

In Psychology students will study the OCR GCSE Qualification.

This course is assessed by examination. The new GCSE course will allow students to choose a couple of topics they are particularly interested in as well as studying some compulsory topics.

For each topic the students will:

  • Learn the most popular theory
  • Learn about a famous experiment that proves this theory
  • Be expected to carry out your own social experiments to see if you get the same results as the psychologists did
  • Learn how these theories are used by schools, prisons and industries nowadays
Health and Social Care

Students will study a GCSE course offered by Edexcel board. The qualification has a core of underpinning knowledge, skills and understanding which gives students the opportunity to:

  • Gain a broad understanding and knowledge of a vocational sector
  • Investigate areas of specific interest
  • Develop essential skills and attributes prized by employers, further education colleges and higher education institutions.

Students study 2 core units, Human Lifespan Development and Health and Social Care Values and 2 optional units.

Assessment information

Year 7 and 8 students are set an End of Year target grade, based on their FFT target grade and their Key Stage 2 English level. Key Stage 4 targets are set using FFT data.

Assessments are completed every 3 weeks in key Stage 3 in A4 books. These books will remain with students throughout Key Stage 3 to keep a record of their progress. A graph will be included on the inside front cover for students to log their target grade and flight path grade in each assessment.

Key Stage 4 assessments vary between the subjects as appropriate but are frequent and marked appropriately using the different GCSE criteria.

‘Intervention grids’ are used to monitor support given to GCSE students.

 

Support material

There are a number of websites that would support the learning that is taking place in the Humanities department.