In Humanities, our intention is to provide our students with the tools they need to explore the world and their place within it.  Through the study of challenging and diverse geography, history and religion, our students will be encouraged to become analytical citizens who can question human motivation and society with skill and confidence. 

Key Stage 3

In Key Stage 3 history students study a wide range of interesting, diverse and challenging topics; these are organised chronologically to ensure that all students have an understanding of development over time. By giving students a sound understanding of chronology, it lays solid foundations for students to succeed at GCSE history. Underpinning our history curriculum are the following key questions:

  • How were people in the past ruled?​
  • How did people in the past live?​
  • What did people in the past believe?​
  • How do we know about the past?

Key Stage 4

In Key Stage 4 history, students will build upon the knowledge and skills developed at Key Stage 3 through a sequence of challenging lessons which will effectively prepare them for GCSE assessment at the end of Year 11. The course will:

  • develop and extend students’ knowledge and understanding of key events, periods and societies in local, British, and wider world history; ​
  • develop students’ ability to ask relevant questions about the past, to investigate issues critically and to make valid historical claims by using a range of sources in their historical context​
  • develop students’ awareness of why people, events and developments have been accorded historical significance and how and why different interpretations have been constructed about them​
  • ensure students can organise and communicate their historical knowledge and understanding in different ways and reach substantiated conclusions.