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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 Edexcel exam board entry level certificates. At KS5 religious and moral issues are studied by all our sixth form students. Work is accredited and contributes 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.

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. AAC users all have access to key vocabulary.

In line with the new 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.

Here are the topics we cover in History across KS3 and KS4

History Edexcel Entry Level Certificate in History

To ensure coverage of the range required by the KS3 new POS, some topics, where appropriate will be taught in more detail than the dates stated, e.g., during the ‘Medicine and Treatment’ topic, children will be taught about medicine and treatment before 1850 in order to give them a better understanding of how both have developed. This is the same for the ‘Plains Indians’ topic.  

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.

KS3 Y1 (eg 2015-16) Topic 7 Britain at War WW1 1914-18 Topic 1 Medicine and Treatment 1850-1950
KS3 Y2 (eg 2016-17) Topic 6 Plains Indians and conflict in the American West c1860-1895 Topic 3 Crime and punishment 1750-1840
KS4 (eg 2015-16) Topic 13 The USA American Civil Rights 1955-1968 Assignment work based on a topic chosen by the teacher . Any person, event or development that is unconnected to topics already covered.
KS4(eg 2016-17)

Topic 8 Britain at War WW2 1939-45

Assignment   work based on a topic chosen by the teacher . Any person, event or development that is unconnected to topics already covered.

 

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 such as our partner school in South Africa.

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.

Here are the topics we cover in Geography across KS3 and 4

Geography Edexcel Entry Level Certificate

KS3 Y1 (eg 2015-16) Topic 3 Earthquakes and Volcanoes; features, process and management Topic 11 Water supply and use
KS3 Y2 (eg 2016-17) Topic 2 Coasts; features, processes and management Topic 6 Cities; characteristics, change and management
KS4 (eg 2015-16) Topic 4 Tropical Rainforests; features, processes and management Topic 7 Urban transport; journeys, flows and management (this will include fieldwork)
KS4(eg 2016-17) Topic 1 Rivers; features, processes and flood risk (this will include fieldwork) Topic 15; changing farming systems

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 . 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 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 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. AAC users all have access to key vocabulary.

Here are the subjects studied at KS3 and 4 in RE:

RE Edexcel Entry Level Certificate in RE


KS3 Y1 (eg 2015-16)      Topic 1 Religion and Life based on a study of Christianity and Sikhism
KS3 Y2 (eg 2016-17)      Topic 8 Religion and Life based on a study of Christianity and Buddhism
KS4 (eg 2015-16)          Topic 4 Religion and Life based on a  study of Christianity and Islam
KS4(eg 2016-17)           Topic 6 Religion and Life based on a study of Hinduism
                                  Topic 5 Religion and Life based on a study of Judaism

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 2016-7

Class History Geography RE Topics to Cover and extra notes if needed
3.1 Natalie West Natalie West Rebecca Turnbull

History Mediaeval Britain to include the Norman Conquest, the Magna Carta, the Crusades,   the Black Death, the Peasants Revolt, the Hundred Years War, the War of the Roses.

And a study of Local History

Geography Africa and Asia; a study of a region of each country. To include use of maps, globes, atlases, cities and rural areas, landscapes, climate, jobs and work, natural resources available in each country and a case study of our partner school in Durban.
RE Christianity and Buddhism, learning about and from these religions, referencing the Agreed Syllabus of Rotherham SACRE.
3.2 Rebecca Turnbull Martin License Rebecca Turnbull

History Topic 6 Plains Indians and conflict in the American West c1860-1895       (in addition, KS3 British Empire topic 1745-1901)

Topic 3 Crime and punishment c 1750-1840 (including reference to KS3 society, economy and culture and change across this period). Pupils may complete assessments and ‘bank’ them for KS4 if appropriate.

Geography Topic 2 Coasts; features, processes and management include use of maps, atlases, globes, coasts in Africa or Asia, particularly in South Africa, international development, weathering, climate, hydrology.

Topic 6 Cities; characteristics, change and management Include reference to India and China, population, urbanisation, international development, economy, use of natural resources, use of globes, maps, atlases. Pupils may complete assessments and ‘bank’ them for KS4 if appropriate.

RETopic 8 Religion and Society based on a study of Christianity and Buddhism , learning about and from these religions, referencing the Agreed Syllabus of Rotherham SACRE.

 

KS4 At KS4 we follow the programme for the Entry Level Certificate in History and Geography. Pupils will complete assessed work if this is appropriate for their learning needs and be accredited by Edexcel. We store and ‘bank’ individual topics and enter pupils in year 11 for whichever certificate they meet the requirements for. This year, we are focusing on externally accrediting our History work.
Class History Geography RE Topics to Cover and Extra Notes if Needed
4.1 Rebecca Turnbull Rebecca Turnbull Rebecca Turnbull

History September to Easter

Topic 8 Britain at War WW2 1939-45 AND Assignment   work based on a topic chosen by the teacher . Any person, event or development that is unconnected to topics already covered.

Geography Easter to July

Topic 1 Rivers; features, processes and flood risk (this will include fieldwork)      Topic 15; changing farming systems

RETopic 6 Religion and Life based on a study of Hinduism

Topic 5 Religion and Life based on a study of Judaism

4.2 Darren Saxton Darren Saxton Rebecca Turnbull

History (Easter to July)

Topic 8 Britain at War WW2 1939-45AND Assignment work based on a topic chosen by the teacher . Any person, event or development that is unconnected to topics already covered.

Geography Topic 1 Rivers; features, processes and flood risk (this will include fieldwork)  Topic 15; changing farming systems

RE Topic 6 Religion and Life based on a study of Hinduism

Topic 5 Religion and Life based on a study of Judaism

 

 


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.