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Humanities

The Humanities Faculty is comprised of three subjects. We 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 (R.E.)           

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 eight specialist rooms, one of which has twenty networked computers, which can be booked by the subject teachers for specific tasks and topics. All these are available to students to support and develop their work. We also have access to iPads and Chromebooks in fully stocked trolleys that is available on request, particularly suited to lower ability students who are doing group research or for instant feedback in assessments. Where students have access to computers at home, we encourage them to make full use of them in their Humanities’ work.

Assessment is conducted at the end of topics or modules and might include a variety of methods, such as an essay project, presentation, investigation, subject-related enquiry process or role-play. 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

3

History

4

3

4

Religious Education

2

2

2

 

At Key Stage 4 each student will be able to opt to study one or more of the subjects at GCSE and later at A Level. Geography and History form part of the eBaccalaureate.