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Humanities

Meet the Humanities Team 

Geography

Photograph of the Geography team

Mr Fielding (Head of Humanities) Miss Price, Ms Christodoulou, and Mrs Macey

Why study Geography? 

  • Geography educates young people about key issues about our planet such as human impacts on ecosystems and man-made climate change. 

  • Geography creates awareness and understanding about world issues such as inequality of wealth and tension between different groups of people and considers how these can be solved. 

  • Geography provides learning skills such as thinking skills, persuasive writing and using data.  This will benefit pupils in other subjects and in further education. 

  • Geography is well respected as a ‘hard subject’ rather than a ‘soft subject’ by colleges, universities and employers. 

  • Geography is a hugely broad subject that links to lots of different careers.  You can do anything with Geography! 

 

Key Stage 3 Curriculum Information: 

  • Pupils study 3 core modules per year based on a range of human and physical Geography and key skills such as using OS maps and Atlases. 

  • Each module will be assessed, and pupils will also sit an end of year assessment. 

  • Modules cover Geography on both a local and global scale. 

 

Enrichment to the curriculum: 

  • Ecoclub is a lunchtime club that works on projects trying to improve our local environment. 

  • Pupils have the opportunity to go on low cost local day trips in KS3 and KS4. 

 

Link to activities: 

http://world-geography-games.com/ 

 

5 Frequently Asked Questions:  

  1. What trips will there be? 
    We focus on low cost trips in the local area to ensure all pupils can attend.  In recent years we have organized walks on the South Downs and Cuckmere, Orienteering in Friston Forest, Beach work at Birling Gap, Fieldwork at Sussex University as well as GCSE fieldwork based in Eastbourne. 
  2. I don’t know where places are.  Is that a problem? 
    Geography is far more than knowing where places are.  Good global knowledge is useful but far from essential. 
  3. Has Geography changed much from when I did it at school? 
    Geography is a constantly changing subject.  It studies real issues and events and therefore we constantly update case studies and teaching to make it relevant for what is currently happening in the world. 
  4. Do you set much homework? 
    We do set regular homework as it is important to reinforce what you learn in class and to develop independent study skills.  All of our homework is designed to be easy to access and to be useful with no wasted effort. 
  5. How much teaching time is there? 
    3 lessons per fortnight in year 7-9, rising to 5-6 lessons per fortnight in year 10 and 11.    

 

History

Photograph of the History team

Mr Wiggins (Head of History) and Miss Lewis

Why study History?

  • History offers an insight into the past and the opportunity to study the pattern of human behavior 

  • History gives you the opportunity to learn about different people, places and cultures that you might otherwise not get the opportunity to learn about 

  • History gives you the opportunity to develop your skills of inference and analysis 

  • In the ‘post-truth’ world of ‘fake news’ and ‘alternative facts’, the study of history enables students to challenge the information they are exposed to, allowing them to make informed comments about the world we live in  

  • The ability to question and challenge what we are told by the media, our peers and our politicians develops the confidence needed to form our own opinions about the world around us.

 

Key Stage 3 Curriculum Information: 

  • Each year students’ study 4 core units, beginning with the Norman Conquest 

  • The units run in chronological order, providing students with an in-depth overview of British and world history 

  • Students are assessed upon the completion of each unit 

  • There is one external end of year exam for year 7, 8 and 9   

 

Enrichment to the curriculum: 

Information about the Battle Abbey trip: https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/1066-battle-of-hastings-abbey-and-battlefield/schools/  

Information about the Hampton Court Palace trip: https://www.hrp.org.uk/hampton-court-palace/#gs.fqgod2  

 

Link to activities: 

5 Frequently Asked Questions:  

  1. Do you learn about the two world wars?  
    Yes! In Year 9 we learn about the causes of WW1 as well as key battles during the war. There is also a GCSE unit specifically about medicine in the trenches and we also learn about Nazi Germany in Year 10 
  2. Is there a lot of writing? 
    Being a good historian does require a certain ability to write well. However, that is not all that makes a good historian! The ability to think analytically and make inferences from sources is equally important. If your child struggles with their writing, we will work with them to help them to improve much in the same way that their English teacher will. 
  3. Will there be any trips? 
    We have affordable day trips scheduled including visits to Battle Abbey and Hampton Court Palace. Trips are low cost to allow all students to come along. 
  4. How much homework is there? 
    For Year 7, 8 and 9 there is one piece of homework per fortnight and at KS4 there is one piece per week. Homework is designed to deepen students understanding of what is learned in class and provide opportunities to improve their historical skills. 
  5. I didn’t learn much history at primary school. Will I find it really difficult? 
    The history curriculum is designed to ensure that all students can make progress and develop their understanding of the past. It is not a problem at all if you have never learned about history before!  
     

Religious Studies

Photograph of the Religious Studies team

Miss Christy and Miss Johnson

Why study Religious Studies?

  • Religious studies provides knowledge of other cultures and religions helping to create a more tolerant, understanding society. 

  • Religious Studies gives you the opportunity to learn about different people, places and cultures that you might otherwise not get the opportunity to learn about. 

  • Religious Studies develops learning skills such as extended writing that will benefit work in other subjects and is linked closely to other humanities of History and Geography. 

Key Stage 3 Curriculum Information: 

  • Pupils have two lessons per fortnight and study one main religion per year.  Judaism in year 7, Christianity in year 8, and Islam in year 9. 

  • Pupils will learn about the history of the main religions as well as beliefs and practices. 

  • Pupils will also study non-religious world views, philosophy and ethics in KS3. 

  • Eastern faiths such as Buddhism will also be built in although there may not be time for a whole module. 

Enrichment to the curriculum: 

  • We follow the National Oak Academy SOW at Seahaven for RS.  There are links to home lessons on the National Oak Academy Website. 

  • We hope to organize trips to local places of worship and places of religious significance. 

  • Links with St Michael’s Church in Newhaven. 

Link to activities: 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/class-clips-video/religious-studies-ks3-az-of-religion-and-beliefs/znt647h 

A-Z of Religious Beliefs 

 

5 Frequently Asked Questions:  

  1. Do I have to be religious to enjoy religious studies? 
    No you don’t! Studying religion helps you to understand the beliefs and traditions of different people, and to learn about the things they feel are important in life. It also helps you to think about your own beliefs- whatever they might be. 

  2. What kind of topics will I be studying? 
    Within KS3, we want to provide units that give clear knowledge on the beliefs and practices within the main world religions such as Judaism, Christianity and Islam. We also explore non-religious worldviews, alternative beliefs and ethical studies. RS is made up of a matrix of elements which include the history of religion, religious beliefs and practices. 

  3. How will Religious Studies help my future career? 
    There is as wide a variety of career opportunities for those with an RS qualification. As well as openings in specialist religious work, your RS qualification will be useful in many careers. Some of these include: education, journalism, the Armed Forces, social work, counselling, healthcare and the emergency services. 

  4. What skills will I use and develop? 
    As a subject, religious studies develops many skills, such as communication and analytical skills. Religion is rarely out of the news. Understanding the beliefs, values and motivations behind the stories is bound to be useful, whatever your career choice. 

  5. Do we get to go on any trips to places of worship? 
    We hope there will be opportunities for visits to local places of worship, especially in the local community 

 

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