The Key Stage Three Humanities curriculum has been designed to cover a broad range of topics within each subject heading of Geography, History and Religious Studies. The curriculum is designed to keep students engaged, with a mix of these subjects every half term. Topics taught such as Protests & Riots, Crime & Justice and Medical Ethics aim to enhance a student’s understanding of the world that we live in today, equip them with knowledge of different countries, cultures and settlements, and the ability to challenge perceptions, meeting the essential elements of core British values. These objectives are discussed at length throughout the course.
In addition, the curriculum helps to engage students in both local and international news- allowing them to have an insight into developing situations across the globe. At CP Riverside, we believe it essential to engage students in current affairs. All students, regardless of ability, should be able to access the differentiated and versatile Humanities curriculum. This curriculum is age-appropriate – allowing students to grasp a range of skills such as extended writing, analytical and questioning skills that can be further enhanced if they choose to pursue humanities at a higher level such as GCSE History.
GCSE History gives students an understanding of the world around them, not just learning about why history is important but learning from the past. The curriculum is developed across two years, allowing students the time to enhance their knowledge and passion for the subject.
The curriculum is broken down into four units: ‘America: Opportunity and Inequality: 1920-73’, ‘Conflict and Tension: The Interwar Years: 1919-39’, ‘Britain, Health and the People’ and ‘Elizabethan England: 1568-1603’. These topics give students a broad range of knowledge of different cultures, world events and skills to interpret and understand current affairs and encourage tolerance for other cultures and beliefs, creating a diverse and varied curriculum- aiding students’ focus and enjoyment of lessons.
GCSE History also facilitates a wide range of analytical, extended writing, questioning, and debating skills. All of these assist in creating possibilities for students in the future, whether through higher education or work. For those who cannot access the GCSE, we provide opportunities to gain several AQA Accreditations as an alternative option.
Objectives of the curriculum are stated clearly at the start of every lesson, with broader objectives of the course discussed and outlined regularly. In particular, these objectives are utilised during lessons in which we link heavily to the modern-day impact of past events and decisions.
Please click on the link below to view the Humanities and History Annual Curriculum Plan 2021/2022