Humanities

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Welcome to the Humanities area

Head of Department – Mr B. White

Integrated Humanities helps students to understand some of the important issues facing them, whether they be local, national or global issues. The course aims to give students a sense of identity and a real understanding of the world around them through discussion and reflection on a wide variety of topics and enable young people to play an active, well-informed role in the community, and prepare them for further education and the world of work.

Staffing

Teacher of HumanitiesMs C. Batten – BA (Hons) Theology
Co-ordinator of History & HumanitiesMr B. White – BA (Hons) English Language and History
Teacher of Geography & HumanitiesMiss L. Murphy – BA (Hons) Geography and English
Teacher of Geography & HumanitiesMr D. Pearson – BA (Hons) Outdoor Education w/ Physical Education
Teacher of Religious Education & HumanitiesMr J. Taylor – BSc (Hons) Social Science
Teacher of Religious Education & HumanitiesMiss S. Egan – BA (Hons) Social Science
Teacher of HumanitiesMiss R. Grove – PGCE Sport
Teacher of GeographyMr C. Knight – BSc (Hons) Geography
Teacher of HistoryMr T. Whitehead – MA in Public History

Per Term Topic Information

Year 7

Autumn 1Autumn 2Spring 1Spring 2Summer 1Summer 2
What do mean by culture?
What is British Culture?
How is our identity formed? Immigration in the UK.
The impact and challenges of living in a multi-cultural/multi faith society.
What is the relationship between people and the environment? 
What is meant by sustainable development?
What is global warming?
What are the effects of climate change?
How and why do people exploit the earth’s resources?
Looking at various case studies to look at all these issues.
What is conflict?
Why does conflict occur? And what are the effects of conflict?
Case study – 1066.  How do people gain power?  How do they stay in control? How have people challenged power before? – Case study William the Conqueror, Magna Carta, Peasants Revolt and Thomas Becket.
What is cooperation and how can I, groups, nations and organisation play a role in resolving conflict?  What do the world religions have to say about going to war?  What is a pacifist?  What is a conscientious objector?
Leisure and Tourism
How do people spend their leisure time?  Why do people travel?  Where do people travel and take part in leisure activities around the world?  Using various case studies to answer these questions.  What jobs are associated with the industry.
What is inequality?
What is global inequality?  How can we compare the quality of life in different countries?  What can I do?  What is fair trade?  What is international aid?  What does religion say about inequality?  What do religions seek to do about inequality?  Case Study – Christian Aid
The study of water
The Earth is always changing; changed by natural processes and by humans.  The study of water, the action of rivers and flooding is evident of this.
The theme is Water, Water, Everywhere.  The unit draws on local, national and international examples.  E.g., River Irwell (local) Tewkesbury (National) Grand Canyon (International).
Why are Varanasi, Lourdes, Mecca and Amritsar important places?
What part does water play in these places of pilgrimage?
Year 8

Autumn 1 Autumn 2Spring 1Spring 2Summer 1Summer 2
Slavery
What did the European explorers discover? Was the British Empire a good thing?  Why did so many Africans die during the Middle Passage?  Did the Civil Rights Movement bring freedom and equality to Black America?  Does slavery still exist today?
Issue of justice (RE)
Why do religions seek to help others? Quakers who are they? Wilberforce a case study who was he and what did he do?
China Today
Made in China; Bought by China; Mobile China; Contrasting China; Sustainable China; One in a Billion.
Jerusalem
Why is it holy to Christians, Muslims and Jews?
Where is an important place to you?
What is crime?
What do you think about crime? Who is affected by crime? What attitudes do people hold for certain types of crime? Where do criminals operate? How do we map crime? Why is mapping crime useful? What can we do to make crime more difficult to take place? Do we know the real story about international crime?
Nicky Cruz
A case study – who is he?  How did religion affect him?
Crime and punishment in history
What is trial by ordeal?  What is trial by Jury? What were the Church Courts and what were the Kings Courts – which was best?
The Tudors
What is the difference between Catholics and Protestants? Why did Henry VIII change England’s religion? How did the Tudor’s change the religion? What was the effect on people’s lives?
What caused the English Civil War?
How did Oliver Cromwell change England? Was Oliver Cromwell a hero or a villain? Why did England go back to a monarchy?
Jesus as an historical figure
What were his key teachings, parables and miracles?  Do you believe in miracles? Why was Jesus crucified when he entered Jerusalem as a hero?  What happened after Jesus had died?
Were the Romans really civilised?
Ecosystems
An ecosystem is made up of living things and their non-living environment.  We humans have spread through most of the Earth’s ecosystems, and changed many of them dramatically.  We are learning that ecosystems are fragile, and we must protect them.
What was Victorian Britain like?
What was the industrial revolution? Why were children employed?  What work did they do?  What was housing like?  Why was there an increase in crime?

Curriculum

Year 7

No. of lessons per fortnightFrequency and length of homeworkAdditional learning opportunities e.g. clubs, speakers, visits, residential …Department support e.g. intervention classes, revision classes …Additional guidance for parents e.g.  exam board info, websites to support revision, books to read, useful places to visit …
7Once a week examples of homework may include:
Research
Written tasks
Assessments
Revision for topic tests
United utilities speaker on ‘water’Intervention for students who are underachieving by subject staff and HOD.Any medieval castle or ruins
Atlas
Horrible Histories books and TV series
Year 8

No. of lessons per fortnightFrequency and length of homeworkAdditional learning opportunities e.g. clubs, speakers, visits, residential …Department support e.g. intervention classes, revision classes …Additional guidance for parents e.g.  exam board info, websites to support revision, books to read, useful places to visit …
7Once a week examples of homework may include:
Research
Written tasks
Assessments
Revision for topic tests
History and French tripIntervention for students who are underachieving by subject staff and HOD.Quarry Bank mill
Slavery museum Liverpool
Atlas
Ordsall hall
Horrible Histories books and TV series