Students at key stage have 3 lessons of History and Geography a fortnight and 1 lesson of Religious Education and Citizenship a week. Each lesson is 50 minutes long and form the building blocks from which to move forward to examination subjects.
We teach a broad and varied curriculum that follows National Curriculum guidelines. We incorporate a wide range of learning and teaching strategies, which enable all our students to succeed. Individual, pair and group work form the basis for learning in all Humanities subjects. Reading, writing and speaking and listening are all important and we teach the skills that students will need to be effective learners both at school and beyond.
We offer different pathways for students to reflect their personal needs and strengths; from certificate Geography, through GCSE’s to A levels.
We assess our students’ progress regularly at Key Stage 3, with end of topic tests and level indicator assessments throughout each term.
We are beginning to use peer and self-assessment to help students be aware of their own progress so they can set themselves targets to improve.
These methods of assessment help our students to prepare for the controlled assessment tasks that they will be undertaking in GSCE, if they choose to follow History and Geography. They are ready a part of Citizenship GCSE which all students take at the end of year 10, some students will be able to continue and do the full GSCE at the end of year 11.
Trips and visits
There have been trips to St Albans to support the teaching of Humanities in the lower school. GCSE students are expected to go on field trips both in History and Geography. Geography has linked with the languages department to do field work in France on the day trip.
Citizenship have a number of activities that include visits e.g. to the Magistrates Court to participate in a mock trial and to support various charities. We have successfully run Stop the Clock days on Brazil and have theatre groups visiting when appropriate. E.g. Holocaust
Students are given homework regularly relating to the work undertaken in class. This should be recorded in their homework diaries and completed by the given deadline. Time organisation is important from year 7 as it encourages good habits that will prove helpful with coursework commitments for GCSE in years 10 and 11.
Students are encouraged to read newspapers and watch news programmes as these relate to topics covered especially in Religious Education and Citizenship.
- Ms P. Webber (Assitant Director MFL and Humanaities)
- Mr A. Dickens (Teacher of History + Deputy Assistant Director MFL and Humanities)
- Mr H. Roomaney (Subject Leader Geography)
- Mr M. Owidi (Subject Leader R.E)
- Ms S. Tatler (Teacher of History)
- Mr M. Moore (Teacher of History and Citizenship)
- Ms S. Fassio (Teacher of RE and Philosophy)
- Ms E. Hindmarsh (Teacher of History + University Achievement Co-ordinator)
- Mr K. Farrell (Teacher of Geography)
- Mr B. O'Dowd (Teacher of Government, Politics and History)