Humanities at Kilgarth
“If you want to understand today, you have to search yesterday.” ~ Pearl Buck
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.
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 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.
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 and personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE education).
You may find the following websites useful if you wish to investigate topics either currently or previously being studied.
Assessment and Qualification
Key Stage 3
Pupils at KS3 follow the National Curriculum Program of Study in all areas of Humanities and their progress is assessed continually, during and after each topic.
Key Stage 4
At KS 4 we introduce the Edecel course 1 – 9 GCSE in History. The study in development should enable candidates to gain an overview of the main changes and trends in medicine, crime and warfare from the earliest times to the present. These topics are assessed through three exam papers during the summer term.
In addition, pupils have the opportunity to gain an Entry Level Certificate based on historical events they have studied. They will reach substantiated judgements based on an analysis and justify arguments. Pupil will use sources within their historical context and will be assessed via a controlled assessment.
Every pupil achieves some form of accreditation.