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Humanities Curriculum Statement


The delivery of the Humanities curriculum consists of a mixture of History and Geography. Across Key Stage 3 Humanities we offer pupils a new topic each half term to build up pupils’ basic skill sets across a range of study areas.


In History pupils cover the key concepts of “historical thinking”.  These are the big ideas and understandings that we want to remain with our pupils long after they have left school. Pupils look at “significance” where historians weigh the importance, durability, and relevance of events, themes, and issues in the past. Pupils also study “continuity” and change. Pupils debate what has changed, what has remained the same, and the impact of these changes.


We teach British History to give pupils an understanding of their cultural history and we also look at world history to build up pupils’ investigative skills. We aim to build up pupils’ empathy by studying dark areas of Britain’s history such as the Slave Trade, British Empire and Colonisation.  We examine the significance of the Industrial Revolution and the consequences that came as a result.


History helps pupils think with an enquiry approach to their learning, which they can use with multiple subjects. They will develop the investigation skills to delve deeper into topics. They will be able to analyse information and question it. They can sort things by how significant they are and see how one thing can cause another.  We want students to question history and learn from it.


In Geography we help pupils make sense of the human, physical world. We want pupils to develop contextual knowledge of their locality and of globally significant places as well as develop an understanding of the processes that give rise to key physical and human geographical features of the world.


Pupils will learn and develop cross-curricular skills such as collecting and analysing data, communicating their findings, interpreting a range of sources of geographical information, including maps, diagrams and photographs.


In Geography we again build up pupils’ basic skill sets then move to analysing Physical Geography and the world around us. We then look at the wider world and use our skills to compare the culture and society of LEDCs and MEDCs and enable pupils to compare to their own country.


Geography helps to inspire pupils to have a wider look at their world. Pupils will have a fresh understanding of causation and how significant different changes in our world can be. They will have a greater understanding of other cultures and how we can learn from them as well as they from us. Pupils will become better humans for our planet by learning about sustainability, understanding how their individual actions can have an impact on our planet and how this will ultimately help them make informed lifestyle choices as they enter adulthood.

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