Humanities Department

Welcome to Humanities

Our vibrant and thriving Humanities department encompasses the study of both History and Geography.

Geography embodies the study of places, examining the physical and human processes which shape them, and the people who live there. The study of Geography has become a necessity in a rapidly evolving world – helping students to interpret and understand their surroundings. Through the teaching of Geography we aim to inspire a sense of wonder in students, encouraging them to explore their wider world.

History offers students the chance to understand the experiences of societies, how cultures have developed and the moments which have shaped the world. Through this, they are able to contextualise events in order to better understand the society in which they live. Students will hone their analytical, investigative and explanatory skills through the study of History. The opportunity to engage with a variety of historical sources and artefacts, as well as excursions, helps to make History real for students.




Key Stage 3

The Geography course at Key Stage 3 provides students with the necessary skills and knowledge to access the GCSE course in Key Stage 4. Through Year 7 Geography, we seek to equip students with the core knowledge and skills which will establish the foundations of future success. There is a clear focus given to both human and physical concepts of Geography, allowing students to develop links between these key strands. A key focus of this year is developing a sense of place, allowing students to see how the world is interconnected. This is extended into Year 8 where the focus is on deepening students’ knowledge of place, demonstrated through the topics ‘Asia’ and ‘Africa’. Students will enhance their awareness of the major challenges facing the world today and seek to understand the delicate role humans play within this. Underpinning this clear focus on knowledge is the integrated teaching of skills – from written and verbal to explicit geographical skills.


If you would like further information about the topics and themes being taught please contact: Mr T. Highnett

Key Stage 4

AQA GCSE (9-1) in Geography

• Natural Hazards – Paper 1
• Physical Landscapes – Paper 1
• Ecosystems – Paper 1
• Urban Issues – Paper 2
• Economic World – Paper 2
• Resource Management – Paper 2

GCSE Geography is assessed in the following way:


If you would like further information about the topics, themes or assessment for this course please contact: Mr T. Highnett


Key Stage 3

The History course at Key Stage 3 provides students with the necessary skills and knowledge to access the* GCSE* course in Key Stage 4. The teaching of History through 3 broad themes – conflict, politics and society – allows students to access wide and varied periods of History. In Year 7, the focus is on the political change in Britain, from the English Civil War to the restoration of the Monarchy. Students will then study the rise of the British Empire and the role Britain played in shaping the modern world before exploring the rapid change undertaking British society through the beginning of the Industrial Revolution. This extensive focus on British History in Year 7 is essential in helping students understand how Britain changed and influenced the world. This focus is a key building block in year 8 History, where much greater consideration is given to European history with a clear and purposeful focus on the World Wars (1914-1918 and 1939-1945), the Cold War (West vs East) and the substantial economic and social changes that swept the Western world in this time. Throughout the teaching of our KS3 History programme, students are challenged to combine their knowledge with key historical skills – students will develop their source analysis skills extensively. The use of sources is an integrated and essential part of the KS3 curriculum.


If you would like further information about the topics and themes being taught please contact: Mr T. Highnett

Key Stage 4

Edexcel GCSE (9-1) in History

• The American West – 1835-95
• Early Elizabethan England – 1558-88
• Medicine in Britain 1250-present
• Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918-1939

GCSE History is assessed in the following way:


If you would like further information about the topics and themes being taught please contact: Mr T. Highnett

Religious Studies

Key Stage 4

AQA GCSE (9-1) in Religious Studies

Religious studies will challenge students 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.
Key topics:

- Christianity
- Islam
- Relationships and families.
- The existence of God and revelation.
- Religion, peace and conflict.
- Religion, crime and punishment

GCSE Religious Studies is assessed in the following way:


Enrichment Opportunities for Humanities

Please see the current Academy Enrichment Programme Booklet for details of enrichment opportunities in this subject area.