Humanities

Staff Role   
Mr S. Porter History and Sociology Teacher Head of Faculty
Mrs K. Murden RE Teacher  
Mr A. Hammersley Geography Teacher Deputy Headteacher
Miss E. McArdle History and RE Teacher  
Miss V. Burns Geography Teacher  
Mr. G Lumsden Humanities Teacher  

History

The History Curriculum

At Key Stage 3

Year 7

  • What is History?
  • The Romans
  • The Norman Conquest
  • Power of the Medieval Church
  • The Black Death
  • The Peasants Revolt
  • Robin Hood

Year 8

  • The Tudors
  • The Stuarts
  • The Industrial Revolution 1745-1901
  • The British Empire
  • Crime and Punishment

Year 9

  • The Slave Trade and the Abolition of Slavery.
  • World War I 1914-1919:
  • Rise of Dictators, Nazi Persecution of the Jews, Steps to WWII.
  • World War II 1939-1945:
  • Race Relations in America 1955-1968: 

At Key Stage 4

Pupils study Edexcel GCSE History. Y11 follow the 2013 History A specification. Y10 follow the 2016 9-1 History specification.

For Y10: There are three exam papers, with no Controlled Assessment.

For Y11: There are three exam papers, which represent 75% of the course and 25% which is Controlled Assessment.

Y10:

Paper 1:

  • Medicine in Britain, c1250–present with The British sector of the Western Front, 1914–18: injuries, treatment and the trenches (Paper 1, 30% of GCSE)

Paper 2:

  • The American West, c1835–c1895 & Early Elizabethan England, 1558–88 (40% of GCSE)

Paper 3:

  • Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918–39 (30% of GCSE)

Y11:

Paper 1:

  • The Cold War 1745-75

Paper 2:

  • Germany 1918-39

Controlled Assessment:

  • Civil Rights and Protest in the USA 1945-70

Paper 3:

  • War and the transformation of British Society 1903-1928

Approaches to Teaching and Learning in History

History is taught as an individual subject at both KS3 and KS4. Throughout Years 7-9 every student will gain a knowledge and understanding of past societies including that of Britain, and other significant civilisations and countries from the past.  Students will be expected to develop critical thinking and evidential skills, develop arguments which show perspective and judgement.  In addition to using paper based resources, the use of ICT will enable students to discover more about the past.  Students will talk about History, read about History, write about History and, hopefully, become more curious about our past.  Engaging, inclusive approaches are used in all lessons to enable students to enjoy History.  Teachers are passionate about History and this enthusiasm captures the imagination and interest of our students. 

 

Geography

The Geography Curriculum

At Key Stage 3

Year 7

  • What is Geography?
  • Geographical Skills
  • Tectonic Hazards
  • Nepal- A changing environment
  • Sport
  • Tourism
  • Economic Activities with fieldtrip

Year 8

  • What is Geography?
  • Geographical Skills
  • Extreme Weather Hazards
  • Climate change
  • Kenya- A country study
  • Biomes of the World
  • Settlement with fieldtrip

Year 9

  • What is Geography?
  • Geographical Skills
  • International Development
  • Migration
  • China
  • Sustainability
  • Rivers with fieldtrip

Key Stage 4: 

For the new AQA specification there are three exam papers.

Paper 1: Living with the physical environment

Paper 1 is based on Physical Geography, is worth 35% and is 1 hour 30 minutes long.
Section A: The challenge of natural hazards
Section B: The living world
Section C: Physical landscapes in the UK

Paper 2: Challenges in the human environment

Paper 2 is based on Human Geography, is worth 35% and is 1 hour and 30 minutes long.
Section A: Urban issues and challenges
Section B: The changing economic world?
Section C: The challenge of resource management

Paper 3: Geographical applications

Paper 3 is based on geographical skills, an issue evaluation and physical and human fieldwork. It is 1 hour 15 minutes long and is worth 35%.

Approaches to Teaching and Learning in Geography

Geography is taught as a sole subject for all of Key Stage 3. As a fundamental aspect of Geography and crucial for the new GCSE Geography curriculum, fieldwork is integrated in to Year 7, Year 8 and Year 9. Great emphasis is placed with pupils to work independently in data synthesis and data presentation throughout fieldwork opportunities. Throughout Years 7-9 every student will gain an in-depth knowledge and understanding of various aspects of Human, Physical and Environmental Geography. Assessments at Key Stage 3 are based on assessing pupil’s geographical knowledge, but also to encourage the development of social skills; for example for Tectonic Hazards pupils will work in a group to conduct a video news report assessment on a recent volcano or earthquake.

GCSE Geography pupils study the new 9-1 AQA specification. This specification was carefully selected to best suit the needs of the pupils at Worden. Through this specification they will travel the world from their classroom, exploring case studies in the United Kingdom (UK), higher income countries (HICs), newly emerging economies (NEEs) and lower income countries (LICs). Topics of study include climate change, poverty, deprivation, global shifts in economic power and the challenge of sustainable resource use. Students are also encouraged to understand their role in society, by considering different viewpoints, values and attitudes.

Students in Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 will be expected to develop independence, critical thinking, evidential skills and develop arguments which show perspective and judgement from the opinion of different cultures and countries. In addition to using paper based resources, the use of ICT will enable students to discover more about the world we live in. Engaging and inclusive approaches to teaching Geography are used in all lessons to enable students to enjoy the subject, but to highlight the importance of geographical knowledge in the 21st century. Teachers are passionate about Geography and this inspiration and enthusiasm captures the imagination and interest of our students. 

Religious Education

The RE Curriculum

At Key Stage 3

Year 7

  • Christianity
  • Islam
  • Buddhism

Year 8

  • Christianity
  • Islam

Year 9

  • Christianity
  • Buddhism
  • Judaism

Approaches to Teaching and Learning in RE

RE is taught as an individual subject at both KS3 and KS4. Throughout Years 7-9 every student will gain a knowledge and understanding of various world religions including Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism and Sikhism. 

Students will be expected to develop critical thinking and evidential skills, develop arguments which show perspective and judgement.  In addition to using paper based resources, the use of ICT will enable students to discover more about these religions.  Students will talk about RE, read about RE, write about RE and, hopefully, become more curious about the world in which they live.  Engaging, inclusive approaches are used in all lessons to enable students to enjoy RE.  Teachers are passionate about RE and this enthusiasm captures the imagination and interest of our students.  

Parent/Guardian Information:

Parents are extremely valued as supporters of their children’s progress, and the Humanities Faculty is always very keen to communicate with parents. Pupils who are progressing well will receive prizes, certificates, rewards in assembly and texts home. Parents are invited to talk about the best way forward for their child given the individual needs in Humanities that they may well have. 

For further information related to these subject areas enquiries should be directed to Mr. S. Porter, Head of Humanities.

Useful Links

Read the Exam Specifications: 

History 

RE

Geography