Humanities – ethos and teaching

Subject leader: Mr J Allen


The Humanities department at Kilgarth are committed to equipping students with an array of critical skills and an analytical frame of mind. Our curriculum will embed opportunities to engage with the work of the geographer, historian and theologist and develop students as well-rounded citizens of the world. Through all of this, we aim to cultivate a love of our family of subjects; Geography, History and Religious studies and Ethics; that propels students towards a future interest in the Humanities. . In Humanities, we have a common approach to assessment, where each assessment point at KS3 cascades skills and knowledge from the previous learning, assessing knowledge retrieval, analytical skills and the ability to make evaluative judgements.


The Humanities department implements this through a carefully planned curriculum based on a 3-year progression model in Key Stage 3. We follow a modified version of the Key Stage 3 National Curriculum Guidelines for teaching History, Geography and Religious studies for our KS3 pupils and we ensure that there are opportunities for students of all abilities to develop their skills, knowledge and vocabulary.

Lessons are planned building on previous knowledge and skills gained by pupils. In Humanities, we have a common approach to assessment, where each assessment point at KS3 cascades skills and knowledge from the previous learning, assessing knowledge retrieval, analytical skills and the ability to make evaluative judgements. Throughout the Humanities curriculum, we ensure that each topic has cross-curricular links with Maths and English. The whole school literacy policy of incorporating the key vocabulary as identified on the curriculum is upheld and pupils are encouraged to use appropriate language.


History The study of History provides opportunities for the pupils to experience and develop an understanding of events and people of different times and places. It enriches the curriculum by offering the pupils the opportunity to be actively involved in exploring the world around them. This is achieved through a range of activities including but not limited to: handling artefacts, visiting museums, listening to speakers and stories, looking at books, photos and through taking part in practical craft-based activities linked to particular topics. Learning about the past- how it has influenced and shaped our lives, beliefs, and customs, can help pupils to make sense of the world in which they live. Through the teaching of history, we can expand our pupils’ knowledge and understanding of the past and encourage their investigation of it.


Geography is the study of places, the human and physical processes, which shape them and the people who live in them. Skills developed through geography help pupils to make sense of their surroundings and the wider world. The study of Geography allows pupils to explore, experience and develop an understanding of areas such as their local environment, e.g. their school, local shops, the weather, jobs, water, maps, directions and exploring the differences between the country and the town. Pupils also learn about different cultures and thus develop tolerance and understanding of difference and diversity.

Religious Studies

We aim to equip all students with the ability to think for themselves as they study philosophical, theological and social issues. To be open minded to other points of view and to identify and challenge misconceptions and prejudice.

To listen to each other and not be afraid of making their own voice heard, justifying their viewpoint with reasoned consideration. We aim to encourage students to be critical thinkers and develop their literacy ability in order to debate controversial issues without causing offense to others. We want students to be inspired by Religious Studies, motivated to make a positive difference in the lives of those around them.

Religious Studies aims to give them confidence to be courageous advocates for those who suffer injustice and discrimination. Personally, by becoming good, respectful and caring individuals, who will continue to be hard working, decent, honest young adults who are well placed to leave the school and make a positive contribution to society.


The aspiration for all pupils who attend Kilgarth School is they achieve their potential in all aspects of their development. All pupils who attend Kilgarth School have additional needs, which are supported by an EHCP. We work in a determined way, going the extra mile, to ensure that all pupils reach their full potential.

The impact of our curriculum will ensure that children:


  • Develop a chronologically secure knowledge of history;
  • Use appropriate Geographical and Historical terms;
  • Develop their locational knowledge of places around them and in the wider world;
  • Develop Geographical Skills and use fieldwork to observe, measure and record the human and physical features of different areas;
  • Identify historically significant people;
  • Describe and make links between events, situations and changes within and across different periods and societies.
  • Extend their knowledge and understanding of religions and beliefs
  • Develop a religious vocabulary and interpret religious symbolism in a variety of forms
  • Reflect on questions of meaning, offering their own thoughtful and informed insights into religious and secular-world views
  • Explore ultimate questions of beliefs and values in relation to a range of contemporary issues in an ever-changing society.