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Humanities

The Humanities department equips its pupils with the necessary attributes to take an active role in shaping their own future and that of the wider community. We believe in a positive outlook and a bright future.

Through the Humanities subjects such as History, Geography, Religious Education and PSHE, the department also promotes the development of social skills such as good communication, understanding and empathy.

The pupils are taught in various ways, ensuring that every type of learner is catered for. We do a number of offsite trips, including fieldwork at Saltdean beach and visits to historical sites. The work provided and the teaching styles adopted ensure pupils get the best learning experience.

At Key Stage 4, our pupils are encouraged to take History or Geography, or both, at GCSE level. We make learning interactive, meaningful and engaging. The pupils make huge progress and are encouraged to not only find their place in society but also make a positive impact on it.

Examples of topics are:

  • World War 1
  • Urbanisation
  • The History of the world
  • Migration

Humanities at Muntham House focuses on nurturing the fascination and curiosity that our pupils possess for the world they live in, and turning that into knowledge and skills that will stay with them long after their time here. Covering History, Geography and Religious Education up to Year 8 before focusing on GCSE History from Year 9 allows for the pupils to look at international events, cultures and beliefs – which are essential for aiding them in becoming well-rounded, open-minded global citizens.

Intent

Our KS3 Humanities Curriculum covers key aspects of History, Geography and Religious Education allowing pupils to gain a depth of knowledge of the world we live in. Learning is skills-based and sequenced deliberately to grow empathy as well as the pupils’ ability to critically analyse and make informed opinions on the topics covered. As a non-core subject, students are able to opt into study History at GCSE.

Implementation

Within the Humanities department, we use a wide range of strategies to deliver information to students, including: discussions and debates, use of videos and documentaries, written sources – being read aloud, silently or being read to – photographic sources, investigations and problem-solving. Tasks are differentiated through outcome, what each pupil is expected to achieve is dependent on the abilities of the individual.

Impact

Our KS3 Humanities pupils are able to opt into studying History at GCSE at the end of Year 9, a subject which has a successful pass rate at the end of Year 11.

The skills and knowledge learnt in Humanities can be easily transferred to other subjects such as English and PSHE. Pupils are exposed to varying forms of cultural capital which allows them to make informed decisions about their futures and where they wish to go. Our curriculum covers global topics to avoid a Eurocentric approach, giving the pupils a chance to learn about other countries and their cultures.

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