Our vision for Humanities is one in which all pupils:
• Are engaged in a curriculum rich in opportunities for learning and is flexible to meet the needs of all pupils.
• Develop subject specific knowledge, but also develop skills needed for wider learning including literacy, numeracy, resilience and independence, helping get pupils back on track.
• Develop a better understanding of the world around them.
• Make progress in their learning, regardless of ability, gender, social background or ethnic origin.
• Develop social attitudes and behaviours founded upon the values of respect and responsibility.
Key Stage 3
Pupils across all sites in Years 7, 8 & 9 receive two 45 minute lessons a week focussing on one lesson of History and one lesson of Geography. Pupils are taught in mixed year and ability groups.
Pupils follow a rolling programme of study spread over 2 years following national curriculum guidelines, our cohort of pupils is ever changing and is designed to meet the needs of pupils who are here a short time before reintegration to mainstream, and those on our roll at our special school.
Due to the mixed year group classes in some cases year 9 pupils will work with some KS4 pupils towards gaining AQA Entry Level Unit awards in both History and Geography.
Pupils work is frequently marked in accordance with policy and pupils have the opportunity to show progress through extended pieces of writing which is designed not only to show knowledge in humanities but improve basic literacy skills in preparation for KS4.
Key Stage 4
Pupils in Years 10 & 11 receive two 45 minute lessons a week working towards Cambridge IGCSE History 9-1 (0977). The two year GCSE course consists of 2 examinations with a choice of coursework or a final examination, this gives flexibility for our changing cohort and allows us to better meet the needs of the individual pupils. Pupils are taught in mixed ability groups. The IGCSE is underpinned by AQA unit awards this allows for all abilities to achieve. Pupils complete a range of both formal and informal assessments in the form of extended writing activities in class and also mock and real examinations.
Due to mixed year groups some KS4 pupils work with Year 9 pupils towards AQA unit awards in History and Geography.
GCSE Courses for History
Pupils on home tuition are able to follow the same curriculum as above however programs of study are tailored to meet their own needs and other courses are available depending on arrangements made with mainstream schools in order to make transition back to mainstream as seamless as possible.
Humanities outside the classroom is primarily done by the youth team and pupils have access to a variety of activities and field trips throughout the year that allow pupils to see and experience what they have learned in the classroom in the real world.