History, Geography and Cultural Studies, collectively known as the Humanities, are a key part of a balanced education, creating thoughtful and active citizens of the future that understand the world's political, natural and cultural context.
Through mixed experiences, both within the classroom and outside, the children develop their curiosity and are then keen to explore and discover independently.
Through a hands-on, cross-curricular approach to learning, we seek to cultivate the children's knowledge and understanding of people, events, and contexts from a range of historical periods and of historical concepts and processes.
From Primary School, within the History curriculum, we aim to encourage students to reflect, debate, discuss and evaluate the past. They will learn to formulate and filter questions and lines of inquiry to assess and challenge their own and others' views using detailed, appropriate and accurate historical evidence derived from a range of sources.
Through an applied approach that includes reenactments, theme days, field trips or special projects, our primary goal is to nurture a passion for history and an enthusiastic engagement in learning. This develops our pupil's sense of curiosity about the past and their understanding of how and why people interpret the past in different ways.
Key Stage 3
The Key Stage 3 History curriculum offers the chance to study a range of themes in World History, with a particular focus on the history of Europe. Students will explore the past through social, economic, cultural and political perspectives in a broadly chronological order. They will learn to ask questions of the past and develop their historical skills, knowledge and understanding, to present analytical, organised and well-supported arguments.
Key Stage 4
The IGCSE History course offers the opportunity for students to study modern world history, from the end of the nineteenth century to the beginning of the twenty-first century. Students will explore history through social, economic, cultural and political perspectives. Students will learn to question the past and develop and deploy historical skills, knowledge and understanding to provide historical explanations through clear and logical arguments.
Key Stage 5
The AS/A Level History course emphasises both historical knowledge and the analytical skills required for historical research. Students learn about cause and effect, continuity and change, similarity and difference, and are required to interpret and analyse historical evidence as part of their studies.
Studying geography is very important for students, regardless of their age or stage of learning. It helps them better understand the world and stimulates their curiosity regarding places and people.
Teaching geography in the early years is focused on equipping our pupils to expand their knowledge of the interaction between the human and physical processes and landscapes, both terrestrial and aquatic, and develop their awareness of global issues and understanding of the need for a sustainable future.
Key Stage 3
The syllabus in Key Stage 3 enables students to develop a sense of place on a global scale. Geography is a multi-disciplined subject and creates an awareness of various human and physical environments and an understanding of how people interact with these settings.
The course will also allow students to develop an understanding of different cultures and their impact on their environment.
Key Stage 4
The IGCSE Geography course in Key Stage 4 builds on the knowledge gained in Key Stage 3. Course content is divided into three themes:
Population and Settlement
The Natural Environment
Economic Development and the Use of Resources.
Fieldwork is an essential part of the study of Geography and is specifically examined. As such, students will participate in field trips as part of the IGCSE course.
Key Stage 5
The AS/A Level Geography course builds upon skills gained at IGCSE Level study. Students increase their understanding of the physical, human and environmental processes of our planet.
For AS Level, the main topics are:
Core Physical Geography
Core Human Geography
For A Level, the main topics are:
Geography is a well-respected subject that can lead to many university courses and career options. Relevant careers include: chartered surveying, land and water management, town and transport planning, sustainability, development, teaching, conservation, environmental consultancy, tourism and social welfare.
World Religions allows developing knowledge and understanding of religious beliefs, values and traditions by studying the six major world religions and non-religious views. Students are encouraged to form well-argued, well-informed, balanced and structured responses that engage with questions of belief, value, meaning, purpose, truth and their influence on human life.
In Year 7, students will develop a working knowledge of the key aspects of the six major world religions, including their origins and range of beliefs.
In Year 8, they will take this foundation and compare key themes, such as pilgrimages, festivals and life experiences, including views on what happens after we die. They will also begin to consider non-religious views.
In Year 9, they will use their deepening knowledge of different viewpoints to address moral and ethical questions over issues such as human and animal rights, suffering and war.
The AS/A Level Psychology course will cover cognitive psychology, biological psychology and social psychology, including topics such as mental illness and addiction. Besides psychological theories, students will also learn about different experimental methods used within psychology, statistical analysis and the wider implications of psychology in society. The course will use classic and contemporary studies.
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