Head of Humanities: Mrs Myers Mooney
"The Humanities subjects allow pupils to immerse themselves in the diversity of other cultures, faiths and environments from across the globe."
We encourage all pupils to investigate the world around them through whole class and independent enquiry, looking at different geographical locations, cultures and social developments through time.
We routinely revise our curriculum to provide the knowledge and skills pupils will need in an ever-changing world.
Pupils will start to gain an understanding of the foundation of the English identity and our close links with France. They will understand how Britain emerged as the dominating power through the development of the British empire and how this in turn has reshaped the British identity and culture through the cultural diversity from colonial migration.
Pupils will also understand the development of modern day concepts of civil rights, they should be able to draw links from the past to demonstrate the evolution of modern society through the Magna Carta, development of government, democracy and abolition of slavery.
Pupils will be able to see the development of the 20th century in a broader context. Taking into consideration the wider global impact of war, economics and politics. Pupils will have a good understanding of British identity and the role our country plays globally. They should be able to draw links between the mistakes of British imperialism and colonial conquest and current political debates.
(1) Successes and failures of the American Civil Rights Movement 50’s and 60’s
(2) Wider world depth study - Conflict and tension, 1918–1939
This will include a study of the Treaty of Versailles and the aftermath of the First World War. The struggle to re-establish peace through the League of Nations and the descent into the Second World War through the study of the policy of Appeasement.
(3) Thematic study - Britain: Migration, empires and the people: c790 to the present day
The thematic study topic gives students an understanding of how the identity of the British people has been shaped by their interaction with the wider world. It considers invasions and conquests and the country’s relationship with Europe and the wider world. It will also consider the ebb and flow of people in and out of Britain. It will evaluate their motives and achievements, along with the causes, impact and legacy of Empire upon the ruled and the ruling.
(4) British depth study including the historic environment - Elizabethan England, c1568–1603
Students will study the last 35 years of Elizabeth’s reign, focusing on the major events and developments from economic, religious, political, social and cultural standpoints, and arising contemporary and historical controversies. It also a focuses investigation into typical features of Elizabethan manor houses such as Hardwick Hall.