Humanities

Head of Humanities Ms C. Batten BA (Hons) Theology
Teacher of History Mr S. East BA (Hons) History
Teacher of History Mr B. White BA (Hons) English Language and History
Teacher of Geography Miss L. Murphy BA (Hons) Geography and English
Teacher of Geography Mr D. Pearson – BA (Hons) Outdoor Education w/ Physical Education
Teacher of Humanities Mrs S. Brown – BA (2nd Class Honours) Division Two: English Language
Teacher of Humanities Ms A. Woods – BA 2 (11) Classical Studies
Teacher of Humanities Miss R. GrovePGCE Sport
Teacher of Humanities Mr D. White BA (Hons) English and History
Teacher of Humanities Ms P. Heath BSc (Hons) Geography
Teacher of Humanities Mr A. Williams BA (Hons) French

Per Term Topic Information

Year 7

Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 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 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 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 Information

Year 7

No. of lessons per fortnight Frequency and length of homework Additional 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 …
7 Once 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 fortnight Frequency and length of homework Additional 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 …
7 Once a week examples of homework may include:

  • Research
  • Written tasks
  • Assessments
  • Revision for topic tests

 

History and French trip Intervention 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