Humanities

‘Too many mistakes have been made over the years because governments did not understand – or even seek to understand – the countries or cultures we were dealing with’. (Robert Gates – former US Secretary of Defence)

The study of the Humanities subjects (history, geography and RE) allows young people to develop a critical and informed understanding of their role in modern society. They will be given the opportunity to understand the human experience in a variety of contexts, ranging from individual to local, national, international and global levels.

YEAR 7

History
Who are the British? What problems did medieval monarchs face? What were the key events in British history from 1500-1745?

RE
Where will I find religion in the community? How do people express themselves? Who cares about the planet? Who inspires us?

Geography
Where am I?
Is British weather really that bad?
Why should we protect our ecosystems?
Why is Antarctica at risk from human activities?

YEAR 8

History
How much did Britain change between 1750-1900? Why was slavery abolished in the UK? How did women get the vote? Why should we remember World War 1?

RE
What do we mean by freedom and justice? What lies beyond the grave? What makes gurdwaras and mosques special?

Geography
Why do people risk living in areas prone to flooding?
Why do people live in areas affected by tectonic hazards? 
Where would I like to visit? (China, India and Brazil)
Why has Letchworth developed in a special way?

YEAR 9

History
What impact did World War 2 have on the world? What was the Cold War? What are the issues facing Britain in the 21st century?

RE
What can we do about war and violence? Why should we fight against prejudice and discrimination? Why do people have different views on moral issues?

Geography
How do people exploit the environment? 
What are the causes and effects of global inequality?
Why is population growth a serious issue? 
Why is my house falling into the sea?

YEAR 10 & 11

GCSE History
Students study 4 modules which include thematic issues and studies in depth.  The modules include a study of Elizabethan England with a specific focus on the historic environment.  We look at the history of Germany from 1890 and consider the tensions in the world between the world wars.  The module on Health and the People considers the role of factors such as science and individual genius in progress.

GCSE Geography
Edexcel B: Component 1 – Global Geographical Issues. In this component you will learn about some global issues and how human and physical processes combine to affect climate, tectonics, development and urbanisation.
Edexcel B: Component 2 – UK Geographical Issues, Component 3 – People and Environmental Issues. In component two you will investigate the UK’s geography looking specifically at coastal change and conflict, river processes, and changing human landscapes.
Component 3 – you will use knowledge, understanding and skills to make a geographical decision on human impacts on energy, water and biomes.

YEAR 12 & 13

History
Students study 2 modules which are a depth study on the Tudors 1529-1570 and a breadth study on Tsarist and Communist Russia 1855-1964. Students also have to complete a non exam assessed unit on a historical topic of their choice.

Geography
Edexcel: Unit 1 – Dynamic Landscapes (Tectonic Processes and Hazards and Coastal Landscapes and Change), Unit 2 – Dynamic Places (Globalisation and regenerating Places).
Edexcel: Unit 3 – Physical Systems and Sustainability (The water cycle and water security and the carbon cycle and energy security). Unit 4 – Human systems and Geopolitics (Superpowers and Migration, Identity and Sovereignty).

ASSESSMENT

More details can be found below.

EXAM BOARD LINKS

Links to exam board information for GCSE, BTEC & A Levels for each exam covered by faculty

CLUBS AND ACTIVITIES

The Humanities faculty organises a number of visits which promote the enjoyment of the subject for students.  These include visits to Norfolk and our own local area.  Students have the opportunity to visit the battlefields of the First World War, Krakow and Auschwitz, Berlin and Prague.

USEFUL WEBSITES