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Humanities

Humanities comprise three subjects, which help students to find their way through the world of people by studying:

  • people through time (History)
  • people in places (Geography)         
  • people and their beliefs (Religious Education)           

Students are set according to their ability in Humanities subjects. All students, regardless of their ability, follow the same basic courses in each subject although the speed and depth of the work will vary. We expect every student to try their best all of the time but as individual students develop at different times we shall regularly review their progress. 

Support is given to help students to achieve their potential in each set. Each term when progress is reported, the Humanities’ team look at the possibility of set changes to ensure each student is appropriately set for their ability and level of progress. If necessary, students will be moved to another set where the style and pace of the work is more suited to the particular individual. Geography, History and Religious Education form the Humanities Faculty and setting is based on average levels across all three subjects.

Humanities has nine subject specialist rooms with access to iPads and Chromebooks in fully stocked trolleys that is available on request. Where students have access to computers at home, we encourage them to make full use of them in their Humanities’ work.

Assessments will be a mixture of end of topic tests, and written assessments which develop the key skills required for further study in each subject. The work is assessed using the 9-1 grade system.

We follow a fortnightly timetable at Idsall School. Therefore, to ensure that we meet curricular requirements for each of the subjects in Humanities, there is a set number of hours allocated to each subject, which is outlined below.

Subject/Lessons

Year 7

Year 8

Year9

Geography

4

4

4

History

4

4

4

Religious Education

2

2

2

 

At Key Stage 4 students are required to opt for at least one of Geography or History as part of their suite of GCSE options. Religious Education remains an optional choice for all students. Geography and History form part of the eBaccalaureate.

For further information on individual Humanities subjects please click on each subject 'In this section', on the right hand side of this page.