Humanities

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The humanities faculty is a welcoming, enthusiastic and collaborative team. As a team we are passionate about providing students with opportunities to fulfil their potential and fully engage in their learning; student success is at the heart of all that we do.

“The calling of the humanities is to make us truly human in the best sense of the word.”

– J Irwin Miller

We believe that an understanding of the humanities subjects is of central importance in enabling students to understand, think critically and positively shape the world around them.

We do not believe there is an ideal ‘identikit’ humanities student, but instead promote a can-do ethos and encourage all students to enjoy and succeed across humanities. We are committed to fostering a positive attitude towards humanities by presenting them as exciting, dynamic and relevant subjects.

What are our goals?

We aim to make learning fun and meaningful. Our goal is to encourage critical, empathetic and imaginative thinking in our students, a combination that will serve them far beyond their school years. We aim to do this by teaching students to:

  • acquire a broad range of knowledge and understanding across key themes and an appreciation of the culture and attitudes of societies other than our own
  • collect their own data and evaluate critically the significance and utility of a large body of material
  • engage directly with questions, presenting independent opinions about them in arguments that are well-written, clearly expressed, coherently organised and effectively supported by relevant evidence
  • gain the confidence to undertake self-directed learning, making the most effective use of time and resources, and increasingly defining one’s own questions and goals

Key stage 4

You will discover a wide range of fantastic places and topics that are crucial to the world’s future and develop a range of personal transferable skills that will help you to analyse and understand the dynamic world around you.

You will study:

• the challenge of natural hazards
• the living world
• physical landscapes in the UK
• urban issues and challenges
• the changing economic world
• the challenge of resource management
• issue evaluation
• fieldwork
• geographical skills

As a GCSE History student, you will learn about a variety of fascinating topics that provide you with an insight into the modern world, and help you make sense of it. You will also develop a range of skills as you learn to use evidence to form a convincing argument and question information critically.

You will study:

  • the British sector of the trenches in WW1
  • medicine through time
  • the American West
  • Anglo-Saxon and Norman Britain
  • Russia 1917-1941

GCSE Philosophy and Ethics is an enjoyable and highly successful course. It encourages students to reflect on current ethical issues and philosophical questions such as ‘what happens when we die?’ and ‘are miracles real?’.

The lessons are engaging and varied but primarily evolve around classroom discussion of key ethical and moral issues. During the course, students will study a number of units from the perspective of Christianity and Islam as well as from a non-religious perspective.

The syllabus includes beliefs, teachings and practices from both religions, an investigation into the existence of  God, peace and conflict, relationships and the dialogue between religious and non-religious beliefs and attitudes.

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