‘Humanities’ is made up of history and geography lessons in years 7 to 11. The aim of the different units is to provide pupils with the knowledge and skills that will enable them to develop an understanding of the world around them and to make a positive contribution to the society that they live in.
We understand that pupils of all abilities best understand topics when they are related to their own lives or current awareness of the world. Consequently we try to use their learning to answer questions they might have already had or have witnessed in the conversations of adults and the media. In year 8 we use a study of the British Empire, the Blitz and the Holocaust to answer the question ‘What makes people leave their homes and live somewhere else?’ Other issues that we address include climate change, the importance of renewable energy and the debate over HS2.
We also make pupils aware of how their studies in humanities directly impacts on improving their literacy, numeracy and other work-related skills. This continual reinforcement of the relevance of the subject to their lives can help motivate pupils and increase their chances of success both in and outside of the classroom.
A multi-sensory education is key to our pupils’ success. This principle is core to our planning and a key reason why regular educational trips are arranged. Visits to curriculum relevant sites help our pupils to engage with, and internalise, the knowledge and skills their studies can impart.
From year 8 onwards most pupils will study topics that form part of WJEC’s Entry Level Pathways qualification in Humanities. The pupils’ work in class, both written and oral, is continually assessed and used as evidence to prove their attainment.