The Humanities Faculty

Teaching and Learning Director
Mrs R Tarran

The Humanities Faculty comprises three subjects – Geography, History and Religious Studies. In Key Stage 3 (Years 7 and 8), students have one hour per week of each subject and homework is set on a fortnightly basis. Assessments are set every half term to track and monitor the progress of students in each subject. In Year 7, students are taught in mixed ability classes and in Year 8, students are taught in sets.

History and Geography form part of the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) and can be chosen as a GCSE option in Year 8.

Year 9 is a Foundation Year for students who have opted to study one or more of the Humanities subjects at GCSE. Skills work is taught for the first two terms to enable the students to prepare for their GCSE studies. In Geography, History and Religious Studies, GCSE content is taught from the start of the Summer term in Year 9. Students in year 9 have two lessons per week and homework is set once a week. Assessments cover the GCSE skills as part of the students’ preparation and are carried out every half term. Students are usually taught in mixed ability classes although this can alter depending on the number of students who have opted for the subject.

In Year 10, students have two lessons per week and in Year 11 students have five lessons per fortnight. Homework is set on a weekly basis and assessments occur regularly throughout each half term. Students are usually taught in mixed ability classes although this can alter depending on the number of students who have opted for the subject.

Geography

In Geography, students are following the WJEC B specification. They study three themes and complete a Controlled Assessment centred on fieldwork which is 25% of their final mark (4243/01). Course content is Theme 1: Challenges of Living in a Built Environment, Theme 2: Physical Processes and Relationships between People and Environments (4241/01 or 4241/02), Theme 3: Uneven Development and Sustainable Environments (4242/01 or 4242/02).

Year Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
7

Geographical Skills

Locational and Place Knowledge

 

Locational and Place Knowledge

Physical Geography – Weather and Climate

 

Physical Geography – Flooding and its impact
8 Physical Geography and Human Geography-
The Restless Earth
Place Knowledge & Human Geography – Brazil and South America Place Knowledge and Human Geography-
Europe & European Union
9

Human Geography – What is Development?

Can the Earth Cope- Ecosystems, Population, Development and Resources

 

Locational knowledge – Images of A Country: China, India and the Middle East WJEC Spec B – Unit 1 – Physical processes and relationships between people and the environment.
10 WJEC Spec B – Unit 1 – Physical processes and relationships between people and the environment. WJEC Spec B – Unit 2 – Challenges of Living in a Built Environment Controlled Assessment
11

Controlled Assessment

WJEC Spec B – Unit 3 – Uneven Development and Sustainable Environments.

WJEC Spec B – Unit 3 – Uneven Development and Sustainable Environments.

Problem Solving Paper practice and Exam Technique.

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History

In History, students are following the edexcel B: Schools History Project specification – code 2HB01. They study three exam units and complete a Controlled Assessment on the Vietnam War (5HB04). Each unit is worth 25% of the final mark. The exam units are Crime and Punishment in Britain c. 50A.D. – present day (5HB01/1B), Germany 1918-45 (5HB02/2C) and the Impact of War on Britain c. 1903 – c.1954 (5HB03/3C).

Year Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
7 Medieval Realms – Battle of Hastings and keeping control Medieval Realms – life in Medieval England Local study – Rochdale Local study – Rochdale Tudors and Stuarts – Tudors Tudors and Stuarts – Stuarts
8 Empire and Slavery Empire and Slavery Native American Indians – Way of Life Native American Indians – Clash of Cultures The Holocaust The Holocaust
9 Jack the Ripper World War One World War Two The Holocaust – a survivor’s story GCSE – The Impact of War in Britain c. 1903 – c. 1954 GCSE – The Impact of War in Britain c. 1903 – c. 1954
10 GCSE – The Impact of War in Britain c. 1903 – c. 1954 The Vietnam War – Controlled Assessment The Vietnam War – Controlled Assessment The Vietnam War – Controlled Assessment Crime and Punishment in Britain c. 50A.D. – present day Crime and Punishment in Britain c. 50A.D. – present day
11 Crime and Punishment in Britain c. 50A.D. – present day Crime and Punishment in Britain c. 50A.D. – present day Germany 1918-45 Germany 1918-45 Germany 1918-45

Religious Studies

In Religious Studies, students are following the edexcel specification on Religion and Life (5RS01/01) and Religion and Society (5RS08/01) based upon the study of Christianity and Islam. They study these 2 units which are further broken down into 8 topics: Believing in God, Matters of Life and Death, Marriage and the Family, Religion and Community Cohesion, Religion, Rights and Responsibilities, Religion, Environmental and Medical Ethics, Religion, Peace and Conflict and Crime and Punishment. Each unit is worth 50% of the final mark and are exam based. There is no Controlled Assessment in Religious Studies.

Year Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
7 The Island The Island Judaism
(main beliefs, festivals, worship)
Christianity
(main beliefs, festivals, worship)
Islam
(main beliefs, festivals, worship)
Buddhism, Hinduism & Sikhism
(main beliefs, festivals, worship)
8 War and peace War and peace Racism and discrimination Racism and discrimination Animal Rights Wealth and poverty
9 (Core) Religion and sport Religion and sport Moral issues Moral issues Belief in God Belief in God
11 (Core) Religion, moral and ethical issues Religion, moral and ethical issues Religion and the media

GCSE Religious Studies

Year Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
9 Alternative Religions
(Bridging unit)
Alternative Religions
(Bridging unit)
Religious Expression
(bridging unit)
Religious Expression
(bridging unit)
Believing in God Believing in God
10 Matters of life and death Marriage and the family Religion and community cohesion Religion and community cohesion Religion, rights and responsibilities Religion, rights and responsibilities
11 Religion, environmental and medical ethics Religion, crime and punishment Religion, peace and conflict Revision

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Core Religious Studies is taught on a fortnightly basis throughout Key Stage 4. Students are not currently externally assessed in this.

Additional Information

After school revision and intervention sessions occur in Year 11 for each subject and details are shared with the students by their class teacher. Extra support is available for all students and there is a dedicated Humanities ICT suite in which students can do extra research, homework or ask for help with anything they are unsure of.

Geography field trips are scheduled throughout the year for all year groups which form a vital part of their Geography skills. Recent field trips or enrichment experiences in Geography include visits from Zoolab, a trip to the Irwell valley and Castleton in Derbyshire.

In History, we are keen to encourage enrichment activities which enable the students to see the reality of the world they have studied. Recent enrichment activities include: Year 8 visit to the International Slavery Museum in Liverpool, World War One workshop for Year 9 with Jason King, revision trip to the Imperial War Museum North for Year 11, visit and talk from a Holocaust survivor, a trip to the Battlefields of World War One, which included laying a wreath at the Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate in Ypres on behalf of the school and in February 2015, there is a trip to Berlin.
In Religious Studies, there has been a performance from a theatre group on the Good Samaritan for Year 8 and there is a visit to the Celebration of Faith event in November.

2014 with students from Years 9 and 10. There are also planned visits for Key Stage 3 to places of worship.