Humanities

Humanities at Kilgarth

“If you want to understand today, you have to search yesterday.” ~ Pearl Buck

 

DSC_6866Subject leader: Mrs A Dixon

The aim of the Humanities Department at Kilgarth is to encourage pupils to gain knowledge and understanding, analytical, interpretive and communication skills, so developing the pupils as a whole.  Humanities as a subject aims to encourage pupils to respect and understand the world around them, and to provide a skills base to facilitate further study. This is achieved through the study of individuals, societies and environments in a wide context: historical, contemporary, geographical, political, social, economic, religious, technological and cultural.

 

Ethos and Teaching

At Kilgarth we teach the three subjects of History, Geography and Religious Education in Key Stage 3 and work towards accreditation in Key Stage 4 in History and Religious Education.

 

Geography

 

The study of geography aims to stimulate pupils’ interests in and a sense of wonder about places. It helps young people make sense of a complex and dynamically changing world. It explains where places are, how places and landscapes are formed, how people and their environment interact and how a diverse range of economies, societies and environments are interconnected. It will build on pupils’ own experiences to investigate places, from the personal, to the global.

 

History

 

History is about firing pupils’ curiosity and imagination, to move and inspire them with knowledge about the lives of people in the past who faced a multitude of choices and adversity. It helps pupils develop their own identities through an understanding of history at a range of levels: personal, local, national and international. History helps them to ask and answer questions about the world today by engaging with the past. Pupils find out about the history of their community, Britain, Europe and the world. They develop a chronological overview; this enables them to make connections within and across different periods and societies.

 

Religious Education

 

RE develops an individual’s knowledge and understanding of the religions and beliefs which form part of contemporary society.  It helps pupils to understand why individuals have their own personal beliefs.

 

Religious education provokes challenging questions about the ultimate meaning and purpose of life, beliefs about God, the self and the nature of reality, issues of right and wrong, and what it means to be human. It can develop pupils’ knowledge and understanding of Christianity and the other principal religions, along with their traditions and worldviews.

 

R.E. also contributes to pupils’ personal development and well-being and to community cohesion by promoting mutual respect and tolerance in a diverse society. The study of R.E. can also make important contributions to other parts of the school curriculum such as citizenship, personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE education), the humanities and education for sustainable development and others. It offers opportunities for personal reflection and spiritual development, deepening the understanding of the significance of religion in the lives of others – individually, communally and cross-culturally.

 

Within Humanities, pupils are taught History, Geography and Religious Education in blocks, so that each subject is visited twice in the year.

 

 

 

Religious Education

 

During Key Stage 3 the following areas are included in the program of study.  Its aim is to provide a diverse and stimulating course for the pupils to follow.

 

Year 7

  • Understanding why we study RE
  • How and why we worship
  • Justice for Christians
  • The environment – what we are doing?
  • Buddhism – what’s it all about?
  • How we treat animals

 

Year 8

  • Why do we need guidance?
  • Tourist or pilgrim?
  • Did Jesus save the world?
  • Martin Luther King
  • Sikhism
  • churches for all Christians

 

Year 9

  • Who am I?
  • From life to death
  • Why it is hard to believe in God
  • Science and religion
  • Good versus evil
  • Technology – beauty or beast?
  • Bridges and barriers

 

Geography

 

During Key Stage 3 the following areas are included in the program of study.  Its aim is to provide a diverse and stimulating course for the pupils to follow.

 

Year 7

  • Your place and mine
  • Making connections
  • Survivors
  • Manchester: past, present and future
  • Flood disaster
  • What a load of rubbish!
  • Look again at UK

 

Year 8

  • Welcome to Village Earth
  • Here is the weather forecast
  • A question of football
  • Landscape detector
  • Spain, here we come!
  • Changing fumes

 

Year 9

  • Living on the edge
  • Save the rainforest
  • India – a developing story
  • Food for thought
  • Antarctica – the ultimate challenge
  • Israel/Palestine – a land divided

 

History

 

During Key Stage 3 the following areas are included in the program of study.  Its aim is to provide a diverse and stimulating course for the pupils to follow.

 

Year 7

  • What is History all about?
  • The Norman Conquest
  • Could a king do what he liked in medieval times?
  • Living in medieval times
  • The Black Death
  • The Peasants’ Revolt
  • The Roman Empire

 

Year 8

  • A quick History of Britain 1500-1900
  • The English Civil War
  • The Spanish Armada
  • The slave trade
  • What the Industrial Revolution did for us
  • The right to vote

 

Year 9

  • Conflicts in the last hundred years
  • World War I – causes and consequences
  • World War II
  • Dictatorships
  • Campaigns for equal rights
  • What has had the biggest impact on people’s lives

 

 

Websites

You may find the following websites useful if you wish to investigate topics either currently or previously being studied.

www.schoolhistory.co.uk

www.nationalarchives.co.uk

www.geog4games.com

www.bbc.co.uk/schools/

www.weatherwzikids.com

www.nationageographic.co.uk

www.enchantedlearning.com

www.volcanoes.com

 

Assessment and Qualification

Key Stage 3

Pupils at KS3 follow the National Curriculum Program of Study and their progress is assessed continually,

 

Key Stage 4

At KS 4 we introducing the AQA short course GCSE in History, which will study medicine or through time as well as an in depth study of an era of British History.  This is the first time we have been able to offer a qualification in History at Key Stage 4.  The study in development should enable candidates to gain an overview of the main changes and trends in medicine and public health in Britain from the earliest times to the present.  This unit contains three interrelated themes: Disease and Infection, Surgery and Anatomy and Public Health.

 

The section on Disease and Infection emphasises changing ideas and practices in the cause, prevention and cure of disease and infection. In Surgery and Anatomy there is a concentration on the changes in the understanding of anatomy and the practice of surgery. In the section on Public Health, with a focus on Britain, the emphasis is on the changing role of government, both local and national, in providing health facilities for the people.  This is assessed in an exam during the summer term.

 

During the Historical study, based on history around us candidates will carry out an historical enquiry related to an historical site they have studied. They will reach substantiated judgements based on an analysis of the site to justify a line of argument. They will use sources within their historical context.  This is assessed in a controlled assessment.

 

In addition the pupils will still be taking an Entry Level Certificate in Religious Education.