Within lessons pupils are challenged to be creative thinkers and reflective learners through a variety of engaging learning activities. Excellent literacy is a fundamental skill needed to achieve in both these subjects and therefore there is a strong element of literacy underpinning teaching and learning within Humanities.

Styles of teaching range from the formal delivery of lessons through to independent enquiry and group work. The study and evaluation of a range of sources such as documents, artefacts, pictures, photographs, films, music, oral accounts and guest speakers are central to our approach. I.C.T. is used regularly to ensure that pupils are able to access a wide variety of web based sources.

Visits to historic sites are seen as an integral part of the course and are organised whenever possible in Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4.

We aim to give students an in-depth understanding of and grounding within the past.  This will equip students with the knowledge, opportunities and skills to interpret and contribute to the modern world.

Key Stage 3:  Year 7 – Roman Britain, 1066, Medieval life, The Tudors, The Stuarts.

Year 8 – Aztec empire, The Slave Trade, Life in 19th Century Britain, Suffragettes, World War One.

Year 9 – 1920s USA, The Holocaust, Battles of World War Two, The British Home front, Civil Rights Act, Britain after 1945    

Key Stage 4 Edexcel GCSE 

Paper 1 – Crime and Punishment from c1000 – present. Depth study in Whitechapel 1888 Paper 2 – Elizabethan England and the Cold War Paper 3 – Weimar and Nazi Germany