The core of the Humanities curriculum is to enable pupils to ask and answer questions about the world we live in. Every week there is a key question, based on the current topic, for pupils to discuss answers to. This helps in developing their thinking and listening skills. Each topic of work has a variety of different learning activities to enable all the students to develop their knowledge and skills in their preferred learning style. Talking about ideas and sharing thoughts are actively encouraged along with outdoor and creative learning.
- educational visits to places such as the New Forest and Southampton
- the chance to learn outside of the classroom during some topics
- independent thinking and ideas leading to debating skills and an appreciation and respect of others’ opinions
Humanities in year 10 covers Geography, History and RE. The students continue to follow the WJEC Entry Pathways Qualification that they began in year 9. At the end of year 10, students are entered for the final award at either Entry 2 or Entry 3. The course incorporates history, geography and RE into key topics.. For year 10 these are:
- War? Students will learn about conflict in our modern world.
- Heroes and Villains. Students learn about crime and punishment over the last 300 years. They will also conduct a historical enquiry based on crime and peoples perceptions.
- Faces of Faith. Students learn about inspirational people such as Martin Luther King and Ghandi. They will find out how these people changed lives through their beliefs and teachings.
- Shake, Rattle and Roll. Students learn what volcanoes, earthquakes and Tsunamis are, where they occur and how they affect people.
Students’ work is reviewed every week and there are two formal assessments for each topic. The formal assessments use a levelling system to monitor progression. This is based on the old national curriculum levels. Students are encouraged to peer assess their work and to set targets every term to enable effective progression. All activities this year will also be assessed against criteria for the WJEC Entry Pathway Qualification in Humanities.
Parental support is crucial to enhance pupil learning. Parents can help their child by:
- encouraging their child to read a wide variety of non-fiction books.
- watching the news and current affairs, and discussing weekly news items with their child.
- talking about where places are and what they may be like, and using maps at home to plan different journeys.