Within the Humanities Faculty we endeavour to enable the students to become far more aware of their surroundings, the wider world and the people within these communities. Students are encouraged to:
- Understand and accept differences in culture, religion and morals.
- Become aware of how the world has changed and is changing, both positively and negatively.
- Know how the behaviour of humans impacts on society and the world around us.
- Be able to communicate through the use of variety of languages and have an understanding of the cultures where these languages are spoken.
Weekly reflection is encouraged and the students across the school are given the opportunity to develop their understanding of moral issues and develop the skills of empathy and compassion. SACRE’s 24 Dispositions are used as a basis for our Thought for the Week which is displayed within the school and during assemblies and tutor time.
The Humanities Faculty consists of the following subject areas:
- Religious Education
- Modern Languages
Key Stage 3.
Within History lessons we aim to foster Historical Understanding, Historical Enquiry and a knowledge of Periods in History. This is achieved through teaching topics such as The Romans, The Tudors, World Wars, The Victorians and investigating Great People. Where possible we try to bring these topics to life through workshops, enrichment visits and immersion with the topic.
Geography lessons aim to provide students with an understanding of Maps, Directions, Locational knowledge and Human and Physical Geography. Furthermore more we encourage the students to take part in Enquiry and Investigation activities. Students acquired skills through teaching topics such as Map Making, Water (The Water Cycle, Rivers and Oceans), Weather and Climate, Restless Earth (Volcanoes and Earthquakes), Landforms (Coasts and Mountains) and World and Regional Location Studies (India, Brazil and the West Midlands).
The Religious Education curriculum aims to promote spiritual and cultural awareness for pupils and encourages the acceptance of the beliefs and views of others. The students are taught about the main world faiths and will explore the moral issues existing in our modern world. A variety of themes are explored across the six main faiths and include worship, beliefs, faith and commitment, miracles and holy stories and journeys and pilgrimages. Once again SACRE’s 24 Dispositions are used to promote the students learning and understanding of similarities and differences between faiths and religions.
Within Language lessons students are taught basic vocabulary skills in French to enable them to have a supported conversation about the following topics:
- All About Me
- Time (including numbers, days of the week, months of the year)
- Family and Friends
Recently we have started to gradually introduce similar skills in a wider range of languages such as Spanish, German and Italian.
Key Stage 4
Students in Key Stage 4 follow the OCR Entry Level in Religious Studies or study topics within the AQA Unit Award Scheme.
OCR Entry Level in Religious Studies – Students are required to expand on their knowledge and understanding of the 6 main faiths of the world and evidence this understanding in a range of tasks about specific topics such as:
- Religion and science
- Religion and human relationships
- Religion, poverty and wealth
- Religion, peace and justice
- Religion and equality
- Religion and the media
AQA Unit Award Scheme – Students following this course of study complete a range of Entry Level Units based upon the Entry Level Course offered by AQA. Although not recognised as a formal qualification this course offers a certificate/award for each unit completed satisfactorily. Currently the Units completed are:
- Introduction to Buddhism
- Poverty and Religion
- Religion and Art
- Five Pillars of Islam
- Hinduism – Festivals and Pilgrimages.
Key Stage 5
Students in Key Stage 5 also follow the AQA Unit Award Scheme as outlined above.