Humanities

Geography

The Geography curriculum starts in Year 7 with an in-depth study of the earth - its structure, atmosphere and landscapes. Moving from this, pupils then start to learn about how people interact with the world. 

Over time, the curriculum then develops key themes in both physical and human geography - natural hazards, rivers, coasts, ecosystems, population, migration, development and sustainability.

Pupils are taught case studies and in-depth country studies to wider their understanding of geographical concepts. By the time they sit the Edexcel GCSE Geography qualification in Year 11, pupils will have visited each key concept at least three times, each time spiralling through the content to deepen their knowledge and understanding.

History

The History curriculum seeks to provide pupils with the ability to take part in important and interesting conversations about British history, and about how British history has impacted on and been impacted on by the wider world.  

In Years 7 to 9, the curriculum is sequenced chronologically so that pupils can understand the sweep and scale of historical study and understand both the causation and consequences of key historical events from before the Battle of Hastings up to World War Two and beyond. 

From Year 10 onwards, pupils study towards the Edexcel GCSE History qualification, covering British medicine since 1250, the American west, Henry VIII and his ministers and Germany between 1933 and 1939.

 Religious Education

The Religious Education curriculum addresses big questions about life, philosophy and ethics, highlighting inspirational figures of world religions so that pupils gain a breadth of knowledge and understanding in a multi-cultural and global society.

It takes a chronological approach to  the study of religion, covering early Eastern religions and Abrahamic faiths in Year 7. and continuing through Islam, Sikhism and Humanism in Year 8.

From Year 10 onwards, pupils studying towards the WJEC GCSE Religious Education qualification cover the beliefs and practices of two religions and study four ethical and philosophical themes - relationships, life and death, good and evil and human rights.