The Faculty of Humanities hosts three subject disciplines: History, Geography and PEB (Philosophy, Ethics & Beliefs. We are housed in a suite of six classrooms, each with a SMART interactive whiteboard. Resources in the faculty are plentiful, with a range of textbooks, DVDs and interactive activities. Our aim is to use resources only of excellent quality, thus promoting high expectations of work produced by our students.
Humanities Faculty staff and Key Contacts:
Mrs H Humphreys - Head of Faculty
Mrs C McMillan – Teacher of PEB
Mrs V Smith – Teacher of Geography
Miss L Woods – Teacher of Geography
Mr W Firth – Teacher of Geography
Mr T Marshall – Teacher of History
Mr A Flowers – Teacher of History
The Humanities Faculty explores the world we live in.
In a world which hosts such a diverse range of beliefs, cultures and ways of life, it has become increasingly important to raise awareness of different attitudes within society. Furthermore, in a world where war, ethnic-cleansing and terrorism often result from ignorance of these different attitudes, the need for education in this area becomes increasingly evident.
Tied inextricably with social issues, is the environmental aspect. With a global population exceeding seven billion, there is increasing pressure on the world’s resources. Rising trends of environmental refugees, whole nations facing famine, and tropical storms devastating even the most developed parts of the globe, illustrate very clearly that we ignore the environment at our own peril.
Our faculty aims to take students beyond the four walls of the classroom. Fundamental to the faculty is the identification of links across time scales and between people and place.
Our ethos is to inspire an interest in real people and real place. We want to learn from the past, to understand the present, to inform the future.
Students receive two lessons of Geography and History per week and two PEB lessons each fortnight.
At Key Stage 4, students choose to study either History or Geography or both subjects. GCSE PEB is also offered. Students receive three lessons of their opted for subject each week.
All homework is set in line with the school home learning policy. Year 7 and 8 are set one home learning task per fortnight. All GCSE classes are set one piece of home learning per week.
History at Key Stage 4
In Years 9, 10 and 11, we follow the Edexcel GCSE History specification, delivered over one double and one single lesson a week.
GCSE History offers students the opportunity to explore history through a variety of different methods and mediums. Students will create, investigate and respond to a number of different historical events and debates.
GCSE History is divided into four components: Warfare through time, Weimar and Nazi Germany, Queen Elizabeth I and the Cold War.
Students will gather many invaluable skills; they will learn to collaborate with others, think analytically and evaluate effectively.
Section A: historic environment – The Blitz. Students answer a question that assesses knowledge plus a two-part question based on two provided sources.
Section B: thematic study – Warfare through time. Students answer three questions that assess their knowledge and understanding. The first two questions are compulsory. For the third question, students answer one from a choice of two.
Section A: Period study –The Cold War. Students answer three questions that assess their knowledge and understanding. The first two questions are compulsory. For the third question, students select two out of three parts.
Section B: British depth study – Elizabeth I. Students answer a single three-part question that assesses their knowledge and understanding. The first two parts are compulsory. For the third part, students select one from a choice of two.
Exam 3: Weimar and Nazi Germany.
Section A - Students answer a question based on a provided source and a question that assesses their knowledge and understanding.
Section B - Students answer a single four-part question, based on two provided sources and two provided interpretations.
Year 11 students are expected to attend regular ‘Zone’ sessions whereby they can spend more time on GCSE topics.
Geography at Key Stage 4
Students who choose to continue Geography in years 9, 10 and 11 will follow the OCR B GCSE Geography specification. The course is delivered over one double and one single lesson a week.
GCSE Geography is divided into 3 components: Our natural world, people and society and fieldwork and geographical exploration
Students will gather many invaluable skills; they will learn to collaborate with others, think analytically and evaluate effectively whilst experiencing the world around them and investigating different areas and cultures.
Exam 1: Our natural world: Global hazards, changing climate, distinctive landscapes, sustaining ecosystems.
Exam 2: People and society: Urban futures, dynamic development, UK in the 21st century, resource reliance
Exam 3: Fieldwork and geographical exploration: Geography fieldwork and exploration
Year 11 students are expected to attend regular ‘Zone’ sessions whereby students can spend more time on GCSE Geography topics within the specification.
PEB at Key Stage 4
Students who choose to study PEB in years 9, 10 and 11 will follow the AQA RS Spec A. The course will be delivered over one double and one single lesson a week.
GCSE PEB offers students the opportunity to explore philosophical and ethical issues through two of the world’s main religions – Christianity and Judaism.
Students will be challenged with questions about belief, values, meaning, purpose and truth, enabling them to develop their own attitudes towards religious issues. Students will also gain an appreciation of how religion, philosophy and ethics form the basis of our culture. They will develop analytical and critical thinking skills, the ability to work with abstract ideas, leadership and research skills. All these skills will help prepare them for further study.
Christian beliefs and teachings
Jewish beliefs and teachings
Religion and family relationships
Religion and life
Religion, peace and conflict
Religion, crime and punishment
Each of the above eight topics will be marked out of 24 with a further 6 marks for SPaG on each paper.