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Subject: Humanities

Subject Ethos

The Humanities faculty works towards developing our students’ skills, knowledge and understanding of themselves and the world around them. To develop an understanding of people and place, in the past, the present and the future and to ensure students have knowledge and an understanding of the issues that are important in today’s society. We encourage the love of learning and the enjoyment of these subjects.

A significant aspect of our faculty will be to also establish students’ Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development.

We aim

  • To provide our students with an education of the highest quality
  • To achieve a wide a range of teaching and learning experiences
  • To motivate students to achieve their full potential
  • To instil a sense of achievement for all students
  • To maintain rigorous practices and routines essential to success and instilling both parent and student confidence
  • To provide a disciplined but caring environment which facilitates learning (e.g. by adjusting material to suit the less able pupil).
  • To monitor progress, assessing both formally and informally
  • To embed ICT skills within the context of the development of communication skills

Key Stage 3 

The students follow a programme of study that includes Geography, History, and Religious Studies. These subject areas have been established to embed a sense of empathy and understanding of the global issues of concern, to enthuse in students a sense of responsibility, to help them become a better citizen. 

Topics included:

  • Introduction to Christianity
  • Introduction to Islam
  • Inspirational Figures
  • Animal Rights
  • Warfare in the 20th Century
  • Rights and Freedoms
  • Map skills
  • World Development
  • Country study: Brazil

Assessment

This will follow whole school protocol. Students will be assessed through a series of written tasks and will be given both verbal and written feedback. Assessment will be used to show students’ academic, social and emotional progress.

Key stage 4 

YEAR 11 GCSE Religious Studies

AQA GCSE Religious Studies A (8062)

Student take assessments in the following two components

Component 1 the study of religion: beliefs, teachings and practices

Beliefs, teachings and practices of TWO religions

  • Christianity
  • Islam

Assessment

  • Written exam 1 hour 45 minutes
  • 96 marks (plus 5 for spelling, punctuation & grammar (SPaG))
  • 50% of GCSE

Component  2 Thematic studies

4 religious, philosophical and ethical studies themes

  • Theme A Relationships and families- compulsory
  • Theme D Religion, peace and conflict- compulsory
  • Theme E Religion, crime and punishment
  • Theme B Religion and Life

Assessment

  • Written exam 1 hour 45 minutes
  • 96 marks (plus 5 for spelling, punctuation & grammar (SPaG))
  • 50% of GCSE

     

YEAR 10 GCSE Religious Studies

AQA GCSE Religious Studies A (8062)

Student take assessments in the following two components

Component 1 the study of religion: beliefs, teachings and practices

Beliefs, teachings and practices of TWO religions

  • Christianity
  • Islam

Assessment

  • Written exam 1 hour 45 minutes
  • 96 marks (plus 5 for spelling, punctuation & grammar (SPaG))
  • 50% of GCSE

Component  2 Thematic studies

4 religious, philosophical and ethical studies themes

  • Theme A Relationships and families- compulsory
  • Theme D Religion, peace and conflict- compulsory
  • Theme E Religion, crime and punishment
  • Theme B Religion and Life

Assessment

  • Written exam 1 hour 45 minutes
  • 96 marks (plus 5 for spelling, punctuation & grammar (SPaG))

50% of GCSE