Curriculum Leader for Humanities: Mrs C Nelson

Subject Leader for Geography: Miss C Dobie

The Humanities department delivers History and Geography to all ages across the school. Our staffing includes a range of specialist teachers who have a love of the subject and work in a positive learning environment. The Humanities department is a high-achieving department with outstanding outcomes.

The key British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect for and tolerance of others are woven into History and Geography in both Key Stages. In Geography, pupils often compare our society to other societies around the world and draw comparisons; for example when comparing China’s One Child Policy to the liberties we enjoy, or when considering how we treat migrants and asylum seekers with the respect they deserve. In History we look at how democracy has developed through time, from the Magna Carta to votes for women; we also look at big issues such as Britain’s involvement in the slave trade and how far we have come in recognising the importance of liberty and respect.


Years 7, 8 and 9

We aim to promote an appreciation and understanding of the world through a vibrant curriculum. There is a balance between Human and Physical topics in each year group, which seek to emphasise the power and wonder of the natural world as well as the significance of the built surroundings, the economy and political decisions in creating a diverse environment.

Topics are studied on a variety of scales to enhance pupils’ understanding of the local area and the UK, as well as countries around the world, from which comparisons can be drawn. We aim to promote a diverse range of skills, from map reading, GIS and source work to literacy and data handling.

Y7 Topics:
• Tourism
• Economic Activities
• Ecosystems
• Coasts

Y8 Topics:
• Rocks and Ice
• Weather and Climate
• Resources
• Urban Environments

Y9 Topics:
• Tectonic Activities
• Populations
• Rivers
• Enquiry

There are opportunities for learning outside the classroom with fieldtrips to Malham, Yorkshire and there is also an enrichment opportunity to visit the south of France, where pupils can canoe down the Ardeche Gorge and catamaran in the Mediterranean Sea.


We aim to deliver a high-quality History education which will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and present, and that of the wider world. We strive to inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past. Our teaching equips our pupils to ask questions, think critically, weigh-up evidence, and develop arguments, perspective and judgment.

History helps pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time. Throughout all the topics studied we emphasise the importance of chronology and develop the understanding of historical concepts such as cause and consequence, continuity and change, significance and interpretations. Homework is project based and aims to stretch pupils’ understanding of classwork.

Year 7 - Pre 1066
• Romans
• The development of Church, state and society in Medieval Britain 1066-1509
• The Battle of Hastings
• Feudal System
• Castles
• Henry II
• King John
• Medieval Lives

Year 8
• The Development of Church and State
• Ideas, Political Power, Industry and Empire; Britain 1745 – 1901
• Challenges for Britain, Europe and the wider world 1901 to the present day

Year 9 - Challenges for Britain, Europe and the Wider World: 1901 to the present day
• America in the 1920s
• US Civil Rights
• The Holocaust
• World War II

There are various opportunities to enrich pupils’ learning through visits to museums, such as the Lancashire Fusiliers museum. There are also opportunities to visit places of historical interest abroad, such as Auschwitz and the Battlefields of northern Europe.


Optional Programmes in Years 10 and 11

GCSE Geography (To be taught from September 2016 - Edexcel Spec B)
Course Leader: Miss C Dobie

The GCSE curriculum offers a range of topics that appeal to different types of learners.
Both Human and Physical topics are covered in Years 10 and 11 and these build on the skills and knowledge gained in Key Stage 3. Lessons are active and promote discussion and dialogue on issues that are relevant beyond ‘classroom’ Geography.

Fieldwork is conducted in an urban location and a coastal location, in which pupils use practical research skills and data collection, which is then analysed in the classroom to be used in one of their examinations. We also provide residential fieldtrips abroad as an enrichment opportunity. Pupils are regularly tested to ensure progress towards targets is made and to ensure revision strategies and exam skills specific to Geography are in place before the final examinations.

The GCSE course is highly successful in terms of pupils’ enjoyment and in the results gained, and in 2015 85% of pupils gained A*-C, with 58% of all pupils achieving A*-A grades.

Component 1: Global Geographical Issues
• Hazardous Earth
• Development Dynamics
• Challenges of an Urbanising World

Component 2: UK Geographical Issues
• The UK’s Evolving Physical Landscape
• The UK’s Evolving Human Landscape
• Geographical Investigations

Component 3: People and Environment Issues
• People and the Biosphere
• Forests Under Threat
• Consuming Energy Resources


GCSE History (To be taught from September 2016 - Edexcel)
Course Leader: Mrs C Nelson

The curriculum builds on the skills and knowledge of KS3. We engage pupils in active lessons. Pupils enjoy collaborative learning as well as developing independence in their studies. We promote the development of evaluation, analysis and source skills to prepare pupils for the final exams.

GCSE History consists of 3 exam papers:
• Paper 1 focuses on Medicine through Time, with emphasis on the British section of the western front: injuries, treatment and trenches.
• Paper 2 focuses on Early Elizabethan England, 1558–88 and British America, 1713–83: empire and revolution
• Paper 3 focuses on Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918-1939

Pupils are regularly tested to ensure progress towards targets is made and that revision strategies and exam skills specific to History are in place before the final examinations. The GCSE course is highly successful in terms of pupils’ enjoyment and in the results gained.