Welcome to Humanities

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The study of Humans, our actions, our beliefs, our culture, the way we change and make changes, our relationship with nature. We are all global citizens and stewards of earth. In the Humanities Department it is our intention that our young people at King Arthur’s are fully equipped and ready for the huge challenges that face us.

This is why the seamless transition from Key Stage 2 to Key Stage 3 is vitally important to us. We have consulted with local primary schools and scrutinised our own methods to design and implement a unique and purposeful year 7 Humanities curriculum. The main thread of which is the development of both innovative and traditional skills through 4 main themes, to be studied on a mostly termly basis.

The Themes are:

  1. Survival
  2. Exploration
  3. Myths and Legends
  4. Let’s Celebrate!

Within these themes there are the fundamental elements of History, Geography and Religious Studies such as Map skills, New World Explorers and Festivals. This is delivered in a way similar to the hidden vegetables in lasagne. It looks appetising (it is engaging) , it tastes good (the lessons are fun) and is highly nutritious (standards of work are high in preparation for all GCSE’s).

At Key Stage 3 classes are taught in Mathematical ability sets, there is an inclusive approach where all students are appropriately challenged and carefully monitored to ensure they reach their maximum potential.

Homework at Key Stage 3 (currently year 7 and year 8) is projects based, but fear not parents, it is for students and not parents to do, we are not expecting model volcanoes and castles to be built on a weekly basis, unless of course the inclination is there. We value homework and we naturally cherish your support with this.

Year 8 and Year 9

Here Humanities is split into the more recognisable History, Geography and Religious Studies lessons. Whilst we follow the National Curriculum we ensure our content is relevant and modern. Thinking skills are used frequently in a wider context and we work closely with other departments to ensure high standards of literacy and numeracy are adopted by all students. The ICT provision in Humanities has been enhanced recently with the introduction of tablets that can be used in class for research purposes.

Assessments

These are carried out consistently each half term. They maybe an essay, a decision based report, or a test of knowledge and skills. Each assessment is carefully prepared for in class and success criteria are shared with students. On completing the assessment written and verbal feedback is given (currently a level)and students are allowed the opportunity to improve their work.

Learning Outside The classroom (fieldwork)

The value of this is highly important to our students. Not only it is memorable but engages students before and after the event. At present The Year 7 go to Glastonbury to explore myths and legends. Often the school grounds and the local vicinity are used in lesson time and we are developing further opportunities for year 8 and 9.

Key stage 4

Whilst there is a national requirement that each student will study a Humanity at GCSE, they are highly valued by Further and Higher Academic Establishments and employers across many sectors. Students may choose History, Geography or RE (taught through world studies) or they may choose a combination. We can accommodate a variety of options.

History: Examination Board AQA

Areas of Study include:

  1. The American West
  2. Medicine Through Time

This is assessed by 2 written papers at the end of the course. There will be a controlled assessment for year in 2016 only.

Fieldwork will take place to enable students to complete one of the papers.

Geography: Examination Board Ed excel B

Areas of Study include:

  1. The Uk’s Evolving and Physical Landscape.
  2. Development and Population
  3. Challenges of an Urban World
  4. The Hazardous Earth.

This is assessed by 3 written papers at the end of the course. The will be a controlled assessment for year 11 2016 only.

Two sets of Fieldwork will take place to enable students to complete one of the papers.

Both History and Geography will change significantly for the 2018/19 cohort (current year 9). The current year 10 will complete the existing programme of study. The New GCSE will require high standards of literacy, knowledge of content and competent exam technique all of which The Humanities Department is prepared for.

Revision sessions are delivered frequently and well in advance of any examination across The Humanities Department. For some students this may be compulsory.

Religious Studies

The Programme of Study followed by year 10 and year 11 is currently The Ed excel examination board. It is taught though World studies lessons. Here students are actively encouraged to think and debate real life issues.

Equipment

In order to complete all tasks in Humanities each student is expected to bring to each lesson:

  • A blue or black pen.
  • A pencil.
  • A ruler.
  • A rubber.
  • A red, blue, green, yellow and brown colouring pencil.
  • A red pen.
  • Their exercise book.

“ …we live in a beautiful world we must look after it and each other.” 

Tim Peake, Astronaut (2016)