At Newman, we include in our Humanities teaching and learning the three subjects of History, Geography and RE.

Across all three subjects, children are taught from the national curriculum which is differentiated according to their individual needs. At KS4, young people have the opportunity to gain nationally accredited qualifications via the OCR entry level certificates, GCSE and AQA Unit Awards. At KS5 religious and moral issues are studied by all our sixth form students. Work is accredited and may contribute  toward the Certificate or Award of Personal Effectiveness or AQA unit awards.

Our aim is to encourage children to have an understanding of the world they live in, now and in the past, how their behaviour and that of others affects us and how different beliefs and cultures shape our knowledge, understanding and place in the world.

History

In History, we teach in line with the National Curriculum which aims to help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain's past and that of the wider world. We aim to inspire curiosity to know more about the past. We try to encourage pupils to think critically and objectively. Via our study of History topics we identify, investigate and evaluate British Values of respect and tolerance (eg what has happened in the past when people didn’t respect each other?) , the rule of law (eg how and why have some rules and laws been made), liberty (eg what has happened when people have lost their freedom?)      democracy (eg  how have people in the past made decisions?).

All styles of learning are encompassed in our teaching of History. Children and young people are encouraged to listen to stories from the past, visit sites of historical interest, handle artefacts and learn via drama, role play, music and film. A wide range of historical sources are used including fact books, websites, non fiction and fiction and photographs as well as visits from our local library service. AAC users all have access to key vocabulary.

In line with the most recent national curriculum, History is generally taught in chronological order. However when key events or anniversaries occur, the curriculum is adapted to encompass these to maximise learning opportunities of the world around us.

We teach the topics of OCR Entry Level but adapt each to each key stage and if it is appropriate, pupils complete the assessed work which can be stored and submitted for entry in KS4. Otherwise, AQA units chosen to match each unit covered.  If appropriate, GCSE History can be offered.

Geography

In Geography, we work in line with the national curriculum to inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them all their lives. Geographical skills are developed across all key stages. Children and young people are taught to use geographical tools such as maps, compasses, atlases. Fieldwork and observational skills are developed by looking at our local environment and making links with wider communities to enhance our understanding of  global issues. 

Via our study of Geography topics we identify, investigate and evaluate British Values of respect and tolerance (eg are there countries and communities where people are not all treated equally and what happens?), the rule of law (eg how and why have some rules and laws been made?), liberty (eg what happens when we don’t look after our environment?) and democracy (eg  how do people in different communities make decisions?).

Children and young people are encouraged to learn about their local environment and the wider world. We use hands on experiences as much as possible, for example building volcanoes, trips to Magna museum. AAC users all have access to key vocabulary. 

We teach the topics of the Edexcel ELC but adapt it to each key stage and if it is appropriate, pupils complete the assessed work which can be stored and submitted for entry in KS4. Otherwise, AQA units chosen to match each unit covered. Some KS4 pupils currently study for GCSE Geography, 

RE

RE is a very important subject at Newman. We follow guidance from the locally agreed syllabus which is put together by different faith communities.  To look at this, please visit the link HERE. Our RE coordinator is an active member of SACRE, the local Standing Advisory Committee for Religious Education . All pupils have the opportunity to learn about the principal religions in the UK while they are at Newman, from EYFS to KS5. Children are encouraged to learn about religions but also from them.  

At Newman, through our RE work, we want our children and young people to develop respect towards other people who hold views and beliefs different from their own. We want them to live comfortably and respectfully in a society of diverse religions. We encourage our children and young people to reflect upon their own beliefs and develop a sense of spirituality, awe and wonder, enjoyment and fascination.  We develop our understanding of tolerance and respect via our study of different religions and celebrate our individual freedom to choose our own belief systems.  Recent input from specialist RE SEND advisors means our RE is very sensory and reflective, celebrating diversity via music, dance and art. This was recently recognised nationally when we won a whole school award in the RE Today Spirited Arts competition.

We arrange visits to and from faith leaders and places of worship. Children learn about religions through interacting with religious artefacts and other media. Key events in religious calendars are celebrated across key stages such as Eid, Christmas and Divali. We celebrate the global dimension within our school by looking at religious and cultural beliefs and practises within as well as across religions, such as our study of how Polish Christians celebrate Christmas.

AAC users all have access to key vocabulary.

At KS5 we continue our religious education as part of our COPE and PSD qualifications.   We study a range of religions, sometimes those chosen by ourselves as a research project.  We learn about and reflect on how beliefs and values influence ourselves and our communities.

SPECIFIC HUMANITIES INFORMATION FOR 2017-8
 

   Geography    History RE
KS3 .1

Term 1  Natalie West

China ; geography and culture

Term 2  Natalie West

Any from 

  • the Normans  (Topic 4 OCR ELC)
  • Mary Queen of    Scots (study of an individual OCR ELC)
  • Peoples Health in Medieval Britain (topic 2 OCR ELC)

Term 3 Natalie West

Sikhism “What does it mean to be a Sikh?”

KS3.2

Geography Martin  License  1 hour per week, all year

Dynamic world

Resourceful world

History  Rebecca Turnbull 1 hour per week all year

  • Normans Depth Unit 4
  • Individual Study Mary Queen of    Scots
  • Peoples Health Medieval Britain Topic 2

     

      

RE Rebecca Turnbull 1 hour per week all year

Christianity “What special journeys do Christians make?” 

Sikhism “What does it mean to be a Sikh?” 

Buddhism “Impermanence and Change”

KS4.1  

  Rebecca Turnbull History  ELC OCR or AQA unit awards according to ability  2 hours per week all year

Topic 8  ELC OCR The Making of America (Plains Indians) Depth Study

Topic 2  OCR ELC The Peoples Health Thematic Study (Industrial Britain)

Study of an Individual (Mary Queen of Scots)

RE Rebecca Turnbull 1 hour per week all year

Christianity “What special journeys do Christians make?” 

Christianity “St Francis”

Islam; “Inspirational People: Muhammed”

KS4.2

 Darren Saxton

Geography all year ;  working toward  GCSE Geography 

RE Rebecca Turnbull 1 hour per week all year

Christianity “What special journeys do Christians make?” 

Christianity “St Francis” Islam; “Inspirational People: Muhammed”

 


Distribution of New National Curriculum History/Geography across 4 year rolling programme in KS2
 

Yr of

cycle

Autumn 1st half Autumn 2nd half Spring 1st half Spring 2nd half Summer 1st half Summer 2nd half
Primary 2

1

Village

Village

Cavemen

Romans

Seaside(oceans,river,

Beach, cliff).)

Anglo Saxons,

Scots.

2

Vikings

Mapping,

Co ordinates.

Henry VIII

Places of Work

Factories,offices,

Shops,trade links.

Victorians

Town,Rotherham, houses,shops, Factories.N or S America.
Primary 3

3

Mining

Change in living memory,

Electrical goods.

Where in the World is Barnaby Bear.

Countries/cities.

Where in the World is Barnaby Bear.

Countries/cities.

 Egypt

Seasonal weather patternsU.K. hot and cold areas in relation to Equator, N&S poles.

4

Mayan

Civilization.

Environment

Arctic/Antarctic

Volcanoes/

Earthquakes.

Greeks

Watercycle/

Waterfalls.

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