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Curriculum Secondary – Humanities

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Subject Lead

Gary Magill

Subject Teachers

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Curriculum Intent

Overview
Students study Geography to understand that the earth is changing. Then they scientifically and analytically think about why it is changing. And they even dig deeper than that. Should the earth be changing in these ways? Is there anything that I can do about it or that I should be doing about it? This not only captures the heart of spatial thinking—inquiry and problem-based learning—but also empowers students to become decision makers, to make a difference in this changing world of ours.

Geography therefore is not simply just a “nice to have” subject for an already-crowded educational curriculum. It underpins the critical thinking skills, technology skills, citizen skills, and life skills that underpin all other disciplines. It is essential for grappling with the essential issues of our time.

Scholars say that teaching History to kids has many important benefits. History provides identity. Studying History improves our decision-making and judgment. History shows us models of good and responsible citizenship. History also teaches us how to learn from the mistakes of others. History helps us understand change and societal development. History provides us a context from which to understand ourselves and others.

Issues of religion and belief frequently top the news agenda and Religious Education helps make sense of them. Religious Education allows young people growing up in a diverse society to understand the views and opinions of people whose beliefs and values differ from their own. Religious Education provides space for young people to reflect on their own ideas and develop their thoughts about questions of meaning and ethics.

Here at Greenfields Academy we strive to make sure that our students have the opportunities to know about where they live and why they live there. In an increasingly complex, sedentary and rapidly changing world it is critical for every young person to not only be able to cope with life’s challenges but also to flourish as healthy, safe and active citizens in the 21st century. This is a strong investment in the future of our community.

What does it look like?
Humanities subjects are taught as ‘Topic’ in our Primary School. This allows us as a provider of KS2-KS4 to plan for sequential acquisition of skills and knowledge throughout the curriculum. The knowledge growth started at Primary School gives our students a platform to start from and a foundation to grow and allows for structured and scaffolded long term learning and support to be in place all the way through to KS4.

Geography and History are taught as separate subjects in Years 7 & 8. Geography is split into 6 units of work over the 2 years, allowing students to learn new skills and put them into practice in different, interesting units of work allowing our students to build confidence not only in themselves, but their own ability to think outside of the box. History for Years 7 & 8 follows the same theme, allowing the students to look at important time periods from the past that helped shape the World we live in today. KS4 (Years 10-11) follow the GCSE 2-year program for both Geography and History as an option through the AQA Examining Board.

Greenfields Academy places an extremely high level of value in the ‘Whole Child’ development of our pupils. With this in mind, Year 9 are following a more holistic, individualised and student-led approach to Humanities this year, and are studying the World they live in which is broken into 3 units of work over the year, namely, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire. This allows the students to look at elements of Geography, History and Religious Education. Students are encouraged to use their imagination and personal creativity to complete their objectives.

Long-Term Curriculum Plans 2020/21

Year 7
Year 8
Year 9

Accredited Learning

Geography
AQA GCSE Geography – Optional Study at Year 10 & 11

History
AQA GCSE History – Optional Study at Year 10 & 11

Subject Enrichment

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Useful Links

Geography websites to support your child’s learning:
BBC Bitesize Geography http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/z2f3cdm
S-Cool Revision Website http://www.s-cool.co.uk/gcse/geography
GCSE Geography http://www.gcsegeography.co.uk/
Cool Geography http://www.coolgeography.co.uk/GCSE/AQA%20GCSE.htm
Revision World http://revisionworld.com/gcse-revision/geography
Learn on the Internet http://www.geography.learnontheinternet.co.uk/gcse/index.html

History websites to support your child’s learning:
History ASM https://historyasm.blogspot.com/
BBC History https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/genres/factual/history
School History https://schoolhistory.co.uk/
BBC Bitesize http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/history/video/ir2/
Studywise https://studywise.co.uk/gcse-revision/history/

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