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Curriculum Lead Information










Kieren Russell


Humanities Curriculum Lead


Tel: (0300) 3038384, option 1

Our Schools Vision and Values

Our Aim

To identify and meet individual learning needs through a nurturing environment.

Our Objective

• To provide appropriate high quality learning opportunities for all.

• To develop practice partnership working with all stakeholders.

• To create an environment where opinions and views are respected and appreciated.

• To encourage everyone to develop their talents to enable them to take up their rightful place in their communities.


Mission Statement

We believe in a learning community where everyone feels valued, included and achieves.





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

Key Stage 3
Pupils across all sites in Years 7, 8 & 9 receive two 45 minute lessons a week focusing on one lesson of History and one lesson of Geography. Pupils are taught in mixed year and ability groups therefore the intended outcomes at each topic vary dependent upon age and academic ability.


3 learning outcomes are set out each lesson with the intention of catering for all abilities. Allowing everyone to achieve and stretching our highest ability students.


Pupils follow a rolling programme of study spread over 3 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.


The curriculum is inclusive of all pupils within the community, and teacher differentiate accordingly so all can access there learning.


The 3 year rolling programme means mixed ability classes will cover the all topics across years in both History and Geography.


2021- 2022: Year 1

2022- 2023: Year 2

2023- 2024: Year 3

2024- 2025: Year 1



KS3 History

The topics identified allow pupils to:

  • know and understand the history of the British Isles as a coherent, chronological narrative.

  • know and understand significant aspects of the history of the wider world.

  • gain and deploy a historically grounded understanding of abstract terms such as ‘empire’, ‘civilisation’, ‘parliament’ and ‘peasantry’

  • understand historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance, and use them to make connections, draw contrasts, analyse trends, frame historically valid questions and create their own structured accounts, including written narratives and analyses

  • understand the methods of historical enquiry, including how evidence is used to make historical arguments

  • gain historical perspective by placing their growing knowledge into different contexts: understanding the connections between local, regional, national and international history; between cultural, economic, military, political, religious and social history; and between short- and long-term.


KS3 Geography

The topics identified allow pupils to:

Locational knowledge

  • extend their locational knowledge and deepen their spatial awareness of the world’s countries using maps of the world focusing on their environmental regions, key physical and human characteristics, countries and major cities.


Place Knowledge

  • understand geographical similarities, differences and links between places through the study of human and physical geography.


Human and physical geography


Understand the key processes in:

  • physical geography relating to: plate tectonics; rocks, weather and climate.

  • human geography relating to: population and urbanisation; international development; economic activity in different sectors and the use of natural resources

  • understand how human and physical processes interact to influence, and change landscapes, environments and the climate; and how human activity relies on effective functioning of natural systems


Geographical skills and fieldwork

  • build on their knowledge of globes, maps and atlases and apply and develop this knowledge routinely in the classroom.

  • interpret Ordnance Survey maps, including using grid references and scale, topographical and other thematic mapping, and aerial and satellite photographs

  • use Geographical Information Systems (GIS) to view, analyse and interpret places and data

  • use fieldwork in contrasting locations to collect, analyse and draw conclusions from geographical data, using multiple sources.


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). Or alternatively study towards AQA unit awards in history and geography.


The 2 year rolling programme means mixed ability classes will cover the whole course in 2 years.


2021- 2022: Year 1

2022- 2023: Year 2

2023- 2024: Year 1

2024- 2025: Year 2



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 extended writing activities in class and also mock and real examinations.


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KS4 Unit Awards


Due to mixed year groups some KS4 pupils work with Year 9 pupils towards AQA unit awards in History and Geography.


The 2 year rolling programme means mixed ability classes will cover all units over the two years.


2021- 2022: Year 1

2022- 2023: Year 2

2023- 2024: Year 1

2024- 2025: Year 2

Home Tuition

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.



In humanities we develop the skills and understanding in order for our pupils to become well rounded learners.

Literacy, numeracy, working with others and building independence, respect, and responsibility to help them get them back on track and engaged in learning. Reading opportunities are provided frequently.


Many pupils are from disadvantaged backgrounds and have little awareness of the world beyond what has happened today in their own local area.


The humanities curriculum, builds cultural capital extending those boundaries both in terms of important events of the past, or geographical events of the present that impact on the people they are today and the future.

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