Humanities

Introduction to the department

Humanities concerns human issues and we strive in each department to ensure that all students leave our lessons saying WOW!!!! Every lesson is unique. The lessons can be based on moral issues, scenes from the past, and impacts to the world, all topical for student interest. Humanities, strongly believes in extra-curricular activities to enhance our passion and understanding.

A hardworking school requires hard working staff to ensure lessons are enjoyable, interesting, thoughtful, explosive and interactive. This is what you will find in every Humanities lesson.

Name

Years/topics taught/keen interest in {subject related}

Miss K. Catling

Humanities teacher, specialist in Religious Education

Miss C. Crowley

Humanities teacher, specialist in History

Mrs S. Gibbons

Head of Humanities/Head of Geography

Mr W. Gill

Head of Religious Education

Mr J. Grimwood

Humanities teacher, specialist in History

Mr M. James

Head of History

Mrs L. Kandola

Humanities teacher, specialist in Geography

Miss C. Kirk

Humanities teacher, specialist in Geography

Miss E Maloney

Humanities teacher, specialist in Geography

Key Stage 3 curriculum offering

Geography

Our aim is to stimulate student curiosity, interest and enjoyment in geography. We like to encourage students to have open and enquiring minds. Students are given a sense of location, knowledge and empathy with places and differing cultures. Students are encouraged to develop informal opinions and to support such opinions with reasoned arguments, communicating ideas and opinions effectively. We enable students’ to understand that many explanations often have multiple points of view.

In Geography we also believe that it is important to get out into the ‘field’ and study geography first hand. There are field visits both in the local area and also further afield. Students study tourism in Castleton in the Peak District and coastal landforms and defences along the Jurassic Coast.


Terms

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

1

Geographical skills Regional study: Coventry

Regional study: China

Dangerous planet

2

Hydrology and flooding

Regional study:Brazil

Impact of tourism Regional study: the Middle East

3

Cold environments The geography of sport

Coastal systems Impossible places

Development and global issues

History

The History department strives to ensure that all pupils are engaged with a wide variety of historical topics and themes through a range of activities, both in the classroom and through visiting historical sites. Pupils study a wide range of time periods across a variety of countries and are encouraged to consider how ideas, power, economies and communities have changed over time, and how we can use this understanding to make sense of our world today and improve our future. Topics range from studying famous individuals such as Kings, Queens & famous leaders, to looking at the causes and consequences of dramatic events such as wars, plague epidemics and revolutions.

We believe that History is not just about learning lots of dates and facts. Studying History helps all pupils to foster many important skills which will help them in the future, such as literacy, debating, making informed judgements and having empathy for others. We also believe that History is not just about reading textbooks, but also about getting out to see historical sites to expand their experience and understanding. We have visited a number of local sites within the UK, organised visits to WWI trenches in Belgium, WWII beaches in Normandy and Germany's famous capital, Berlin. In addition, we have had the privilege of welcoming several visitors into school from Veterans to Holocaust survivors.

Terms

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

1

Historical Skills Norman Britain

French Revolution British Empire

Titanic USA in the Roaring Twenties

2

Plague & Fire Making of the UK

Industrial Revolution Slavery

World War One World War Two

3

Power of Monarchs

American West

Holocaust Terrorism

Religious Education

RE has an important part to play as part of a broad, balanced and coherent curriculum to which all pupils are entitled. RE subject matter gives particular opportunities to promote an ethos of respect for others, to challenge stereotypes and to build understanding of other cultures and beliefs. This contributes to promoting a positive and inclusive school ethos that champions democratic values and human rights.

At Stoke Park, RE aims to develop students’ interests in, and enthusiasm for, a study of religion and its relation to the wider world. Students will have an opportunity to study aspects of all six major world religions, including textual, historical, ethical and philosophical perspectives.

Terms

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

1

What is RE and why is it important? Religious experience. (Miracles)

The Life and Teachings of Jesus Christ. Martin Luther King - Civil Rights

Religion and Science. Evil and Suffering

2

Philosophical Questions

Jerusalem

Religion and the Media

3

Buddhism - The life of Siddhartha Gautama

Capital Punishment

Life After Death

Key Stage 4 curriculum offering

Geography, History and Philosophy and Ethics are all offered at G.C.S.E.

Year

Topic/themes covered

10

The Challenge of Natural Hazards The Challenge of Resource Management The Living World Physical Landscapes in the UK

11

Urban Issues and Urban Challenges The Changing Economic World

Year

Topic/themes covered

10

Germany 1918-39 Superpower Relationsin the Cold War 1945-91

11

Medicine Through Time, 1250- present (including focus on WW1 medicine) King Henry VIII & his ministers

Year

Topic/themes covered

10

Beliefs, Teachings and Practices of Christianity and Buddhism

11

Theme 1: The existence of God and revelation. Theme 2: Religion, peace and conflict. Theme 3: Religion, crime and punishment. Theme 4: Religion, human rights and social justice

Post 16 curriculum offering

Geography, History, Philosophy and Ethics, and Psychology are all offered at A’ level.

Year

Topic/themes covered

12

Water and carbon cycles Changing places Hazards Geographical fieldwork and investigation

13

Coastal systems and landscapes Population and the environment Global systems and global governance Geographical fieldwork and investigation

Year

Topic/themes covered

12

Mid Tudor Crisis and the Later Tudors (Queen Elizabeth) Cold War in Asia 1945-93

13

Civil Rights in the USA 1865-1992 Coursework - Personal Study (based on your choice of topic from Cold War in Asia)

Psychology

Have you ever wondered what it is that makes some people behave the way they do, why you’re scared of spiders or how different things can affect your mood and even your confidence? Psychologists could hold the answers to your questions. And if they don’t yet, you can be sure they are looking for them.

Psychology is the scientific study of the mind and human behaviour. Students at Stoke Park will observe and conduct experiments to find out more about the way people act and interact. They will try to understand what motivates, challenges or changes us and use this understanding to help us tackle personal and social problems.Our aim is to deliver engaging and relevant lessons to ensure you get a better understanding of human behaviour. Students are encouraged to challenge pre-existing beliefs with objectivity, to develop a sense of independence with further reading and become analytical thinkers.

Year

Topic/themes covered

12

PAPER 1: Social Influence/Memory Attachment PAPER 2: Approaches/Psychopathology/Research Methods

13

Research methods/ Biopsychology/ Schizophrenia / Aggression / Gender