Humanities

Welcome from the Head of Faculty

Mission statement Humanities education recognises and explicitly acknowledges the human basis of learning experience: it focuses on the human dimension of the curriculum, that area which deals with people and their interaction with their environment, in its historical, geographical, cultural, social, moral and spiritual dimensions. It is concerned with process more than product.

History Our curriculum in history is designed to follow the guidelines of the national curriculum by offering ‘A high-quality history education that will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. It should inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past.

In key stage 3 pupils study themes and major events throughout time from 1066 to the modern day, drawing on parallels with current society and communities today. In key stage 4 students will study Elizabethan England, Medicine through time, Inter-war 1919-1939 and Germany 1890-1945.

Where possible, we aim to link learning in history to the English curriculum, so that children are fully immersed and engage more deeply with the topic.

As an RRSA school, History also ensure that the articles are used and embedded within the curriculum to ensure that students develop a sense of perspective and understanding about world events throughout history.

RRSA Article 13 You have the right to find out about things and share what you think with others by talking, drawing, writing or in any other way unless it harms or offends other people.

RRSA Article 29 Your education should help you use and develop your talents and abilities. It should also help you learn to live peacefully, protect the environment and respect other people.

Geography Our curriculum has been carefully planned to ensure that teaching incorporates the gradual progression of skills in geographical enquiry and links closely to the national curriculum ‘A high-quality geography education should inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their live’.

Geography provokes and answers questions about the natural and human worlds, using different scales of enquiry to view them from different perspectives. It develops knowledge of places and different environments through the world. Where possible, connections are made with children’s daily lives and includes people from the local community. School visits and learning walks around the local area and Birmingham support the learning.

Religious Education At key stage 3, We aim for pupils to ask questions about life, beliefs about God, right and wrong by studying different religions and cultures from the community and wider. With this deeper understanding of themselves and the beliefs of others, pupils should develop a greater appreciation for other religions around them and thus a greater sense of belonging for themselves.

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