Humanities is a cross curricular course, which combines the subjects of History and Geography. It is studied across all the Key Stages, with the opportunity in Key Stage 4 to gain an external examination accreditation. It provides students with a varied curriculum, which encourages them to have a deeper understanding of human society and their place in it. Students have the opportunity to examine the actions and interactions of people in society from a variety of perspectives. They are introduced to the stories, ideas and words from their own and other cultures, helping them to make sense of their lives and the world around them, thus preparing them to become effective citizens. Through the course students will gain a deeper understanding of their own locality, regional influence, national, European and World dimensions.
Students follow a thematic approach to the subject and follow the National Curriculum guidelines for History and Geography at Key Stage 2 and 3. Work is differentiated to meet the individual needs and learning styles of our students, either through outcome or specially designed programmes. Our therapy department advises and supports the subject to ensure the complex needs of our students are met and they are able to access the curriculum. A multi sensory approach, including interactive whiteboard, DVD/Videos, artefacts and field trips, is utilized to aid the understanding of ideas and concepts of the subject and to encourage empathy. This allows pupils to develop their communication skills, self-esteem, respect, and encourages independent learning skills, which will promote academic success.