Humanities

Staff

Humanities subjects are taught by three qualified Teachers of the Deaf across the school. Their signing qualifications range from Signature level 2 to level 3.

Fiona Higgs
Lisa Wakeling

Subject content

At Key Stage 3 we offer personalised programmes of study for pupils to develop their understanding of History, Geography and Religious Education within a framework of separate lessons. Pupils follow the requirements of the National Curriculum wherever it is appropriate and accessible, however experienced teachers can tailor the study to meet pupil need, ensuring that pupils attain well.

In History topics covered include the Norman Conquests, the Black death and its impact, the Wars of the Roses, the English reformation, the first colony in America, the Slave Trade, the Industrial revolution, women’s suffrage and the First World War.

In Geography topics include locational knowledge using world maps and mapping skills, environmental regions-deserts, rainforest, key countries and major cities; physical geography – plate tectonics- volcanoes and earthquakes, rivers and coasts with local case studies and visits; human geography studies include population and urbanisation with focus on environment and resources.

In Religious Education pupils learn about 3 main world religions – Christianity, Islam and Judaism – through comparatives studies of beliefs, texts, places of worship, festivals and rites of passage. Study also includes opportunity to learn through Bible stories as well as the development of philosophical and critical thinking, at a level accessible to pupils on an individual basis.

At Key Stage 4 Humanities is taught as a combined subject and pupils are usually entered for a qualification which encompasses all 3 elements. Topics include travel and tourism, case studies which include Brighton, Europe and Africa; history, rights of women in the work place, and Black Civil Rights in the USA; geography, population and migration, impact of volcanic activity; moral issues,  capital punishment.

Across all years pupils benefit from a range of teaching experiences including individual, paired and group work incorporating practical work and discussion. Teaching Assistants are an essential part of facilitating group work and form an important aspect of support within the Humanities department.