Humanities

Mrs Vicki Dooley (Subject Leader)
Mrs Deborah Hughes
Mrs Janet Tyler
Mr Roy Birch
Mr Tom Harding
Mrs Anne Dutoy
Mr Richard Hedge (Headteacher)
Miss Laura Halsall (Deputy Headteacher)


We are a forward-thinking and enthusiastic department that incorporates a number of different curriculum subject areas. We believe that the Humanities are at the forefront of an ever-changing world and have a huge responsibility in preparing young people for life after school.

Department Aims

  • Provide challenging and enjoyable experiences for all pupils
  • Recognise that people’s lives are influenced by beliefs, aspirations, values, their environment and the actions of themselves and others
  • Promote an interest in other people, encourage empathy and respect for their values and ways of life
  • Promote an understanding of the social and environmental processes that have shaped the world in which we live
  • Emphasise the interdependence of individuals, groups and nations
  • Foster personal qualities such as curiosity, open-mindedness, co-operation, concern for others, critical decision making and responsibility
  • Develop a range of skills and competencies through enquiry approaches, fieldwork investigations and other practical activities.

KEY STAGE 3

Currently at Key Stage 3, students move around Geography, History and RE on a carousel whereby they study one subject for a 6-7 week period and then move onto the next. Each student has two blocks of time (carousel 1 & 2), with each subject.

Geography Curriculum

Carousel 1a Carousel 1b Carousel2a Carousel 2b
Year 7 The water cycle, river systems and floods Development Map Skills Ecosystems
Year 8 Settlement Tectonic hazards Climate Change Migration

History Curriculum

Carousel 1a Carousel 1b Carousel2a Carousel 2b
Year 7 The Norman Conquest Power Struggle:

King and Church

The Black Death Tudor England
Year 8 Industrial Revolution The Slave Trade and the struggle for Civil Rights in America The causes of World War One and aspects of war The Versailles Peace Treaty and the rise of Hitler

Religious Education Curriculum

Carousel 1 Carousel 2
Year 7 Places of Worship Islam
Year 8 Life after death Good and Evil

KEY STAGE 4

GCSE Geography

We follow the Edexcel Geography B Specification.

Examination: there are three tiered exams and one internally marked controlled assessment

Unit 1: Dynamic Planet (25%)

In this unit students will be studying the restless earth, climate change, biospheres, water world, coastal change and extreme climates. Questions are answered on all 6 topics.

Unit 2: People & the Planet (25%)

In this unit students will be studying population dynamics, consuming resources, globalisation, changing employment of the UK and the challenges of the urban world.

Unit 3: Making Geographical Decisions (25%)

This unit is a decision-making exam based on a specific topic whereby decisions are made based on evidence given in the exam and the knowledge and understanding students have gained throughout the GCSE.

Unit 4: Researching Geography Controlled Assessment (25%)

This unit involves undertaking research, carrying out fieldwork and then writing it up. Currently our fieldwork is a day trip to study the river at Wildboarclough in the Autumn term.

GCSE History

We follow the AQA History A Specification.

Examination: there are two exam papers accounting for 35% and 40% of the marks respectively. There is also an internally assessed controlled assessment which is worth 25% of the overall mark.

Unit 1: Medicine Through Time (35%)

This paper looks at the medical developments from Pre-History to the Modern World through the themes of Understanding Disease and Infection, Surgery and Anatomy and Public Health.

Unit 2: The American West (45%)

This paper looks at the traditional way of life of the Plains’ Indians and how that nomadic lifestyle was destroyed by the Homesteaders and other groups.

Unit 3: Controlled Assignment (25%)

This is based on the Industrial Revolution with a particular focus on the reasons for the development of the site of Styal Mill.

GCSE Religious Studies

We follow the AQA Religious Studies B Specification.

Examination: there are two examinations for this specification.

Unit 2: Religion and Life Issues (50%)

In this unit students study religion and animal rights, planet earth, prejudice and war & peace. Questions are answered on all 4 areas of study.

Unit 3: Religion and Morality (50%)

In this unit students study religious attitudes to drug abuse, crime and punishment, the rich & poor in British society and world poverty. Questions are answered on all 4 areas of study.

GCSE Business Studies

We follow the Edexcel Business Studies Specification.

Examination: there are two exams and one internally assessed piece of controlled assessment.

Unit 1: Introduction to small business (25%)

This unit includes questions on spotting a business opportunity, showing enterprise, putting a business idea into practice, making the start-up effective and understanding the economic context.

Unit 2: Investigating small business Controlled Assessment (25%)

This unit involves researching a small local business and its owner and then writing up the reasons the business is a success.

Unit 3: Building a business (50%)

This unit includes questions on marketing, meeting customer needs, effective financial management, effective people management and the wider world affecting business.

GCSE Psychology

We follow the OCR J611 Psychology Specification.

Examination: there are three exams in Psychology.

Unit B541: Studies and applications in psychology 1 (40%)

The five main areas of psychology will be studied through research looking at a castrated twin boy raised as a girl, the serial position effect in recall of TV commercials, the effect of uniform, inducing a phobia in a young child and the relationship between attachment types and adult relationships.

Unit B542: Studies and applications in psychology 2 (40%)

The five main areas of psychology will be studied through research looking at the genetic basis of criminal behaviour, depth perception and familiarity of objects, the conservation of number, cross-cultural differences in interpreting facial expressions and pet ownership among pre-adolescents.

Unit B543: Research in psychology (20%)

Students will carry out their own research using the following techniques: experiments, questionnaires, interviews and observations. Related issues such as sampling and ethics will also be considered.

GCSE Sociology

We follow the AQA Sociology Specification.

Examination: Students answer questions on two exam papers.

Unit 1: Studying society, families & education (50%)

Students will look at how society shapes us and how we shape society with particular focus on the changes to education and families, and the reasons for these. Students will carry out their own research using a variety of techniques to see how sociologists gather evidence and use it.

Unit 2: Media, crime & deviance, social inequality (50%)

Students will study what social inequality is and why it exists, how the media is influential as an agent of social change and what crime and deviance are.

Extra-Curricular

Revision sessions at KS4 are timetabled before/ after school and during lunch at appropriate times.