The humanities programme at KS3 is a combination of different disciplines taught in an integrated way through themes or topics rather than as the totally separate subjects, of RE, Geography and History.
It is designed to help students to understand the world beyond their own in order to give them knowledge and a perspective which will aid resilience and the maturity that they will need to succeed in life. Themes have been chosen as broad areas through which to introduce these subjects to our students in a discrete and cross curricula programme.
In Year 7 the theme is “Water” with topics on “Rivers, and Oceans”, “Water Cycle”, and then focusing on very local Geography, History and Religion.
Year 8 & 9
This year students learn about Christianity and study various celebrations from around the world. They have learnt about the Victorians and visit The British School Museum in Hitchin to experience what it might have been like to be a student in the Victorian times. We also cover volcanoes and extreme weather in Geography and WW1 in History. We look at different countries in Europe as well as the UK. In RE, students study Christianity, Islam, Sikhism and Judaism.
Years 10 and 11
Students study RE in years 10 and 11.
Throughout Year 10 students explore how religion influences the lives of believers. Students research the practices of world-wide religions and look at specific examples of how beliefs show in daily lives; for example, “Why is that city so important?” or “Why are some students not eating lunch this month?” Students will be encouraged to join in discussions, share their own ideas and views whilst being sympathetic to the views of others. During Year 11 students will study the following topics:
Individual rights and responsibilities
Introduction to understanding diversity in society
Aspects of Citizenship
These are areas that are included within the City and Guilds qualification. Students will be encouraged to explore and consider how people’s beliefs and convictions inform answers to questions and also ethical issues within these topics. Students will be required to discuss their own and others’ views whilst developing and expressing their own ideas.