Humanities

We are a multidisciplinary faculty comprising of History, Geography, Sociology and Religious Studies and Life. There are seven members of staff who have a wide variety of teaching experience. The Humanities team are extremely dedicated and enthusiastic about our subjects and the importance they have in understanding the modern world. In lessons students are given opportunities to develop their knowledge and understanding, and gain independent learning skills. There is also a focus on understanding how humankind has impacted on the natural world, changed our landscape and developed our society as it is today.

Meet the Team

Mr P Martin, Head of Humanities and Teacher of Geography
Miss N Wikocki, Assistant Head of Humanities, Teacher of Religious Studies, Sociology, Life and Geography
Mr S Neary, Teacher of Life, History, Sociology and Geography
Mr T Garnham, Teacher of History and Sociology
Mrs K Hutchinson, Teacher of History and Sociology
Mrs E Taylor, Teacher of History
Mrs P Dalton, Teacher of Geography and Life

Geography

Key Stage 3
Geography is a subject which transcends many subject borders and is popular with employers and universities. The Geography course at Key Stage 3 provides students with the necessary skills and knowledge to allow them to progress smoothly into Key Stage 4. During Key Stage 3 students are introduced to a wide range of Human and Physical topics and encouraged to understand the wider world.

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Key Stage 4

AQA GCSE Geography (8035) (9-1)

Geography is relevant to a modern, changing world in which students develop a knowledge and understanding of current events, investigate the earth and its people and develop a range of skills such as map reading, data collection, GIS, ICT and problem solving.

AQA is assessed 100% in examination but does include an element of fieldwork investigation.

If you would like further information about the topics, themes or assessment for this course please contact: Mr Martin
AQA GCSE (9-1) in Geography

Students will travel the world from their classroom, exploring case studies in the United Kingdom (UK), higher income countries (HICs), newly emerging economies (NEEs) and lower income countries (LICs). Topics of study include climate change, poverty, deprivation, global shifts in economic power and the challenge of sustainable resource use. Students are also encouraged to understand their role in society, by considering different viewpoints, values and attitudes.

  • AQA GCSE (9-1) in Geography is assessed in the following way:*
  • Paper 1 Living with the Physical Environment – 1 Hour 30 mins
  • Paper 2 Challenges in the Human Environment – 1 Hour 30 mins
  • Paper 3 Geographical Applications – 1 Hour 15 mins

Key Stage 5

AQA Geography A level (7037) includes how human intervention affects the environment and how people adapt and mitigate the effects of processes on their environment. Lessons involve discussion and extended research which helps students to become independent thinkers. You will study a range of case studies from local, national and international locations.

  • Paper 1 Physical Geography – 2 hours and 30 mins worth 40%
  • Paper 2 Human Geography – 2 hours and 30 mins worth 40%
  • Geographical Investigation – A report of 3000 – 4000 words worth 20%

If you would like further information about the courses, topics and themes being taught in Geography, please contact: p.martin@easingwold.outwood.com

History

Key Stage 3

The History course at Key Stage 3 provides students with the necessary skills and knowledge to access the GCSE course in Key Stage 4. In Year 7 study a variety of topics and they learn to understand, interpret and use sources. In Year 8 we build on pupil’s acquisition of knowledge and understanding by covering the topics below and using the skills of using evidence, source inference, interpretation and explanation which are required for the GCSE

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Key Stage 4

Learning about past events and the people who’ve influenced history will allow you to understand how the world got to the point it’s at now and how it will continue to develop in the future. Apart from studying a wide range of exciting historic periods, you’ll learn a range of handy skills. These include:

  • excellent communication and writing skills
  • how to construct an argument
  • investigation and problem-solving skills
  • analytical and interpretation skills.

Edexcel GCSE (9-1) History (QN601/8094/4)

We teach the Edexcel specification which is made up of four areas of History.

Paper 1 – Medicine in Britain, c1250-present 30%
Paper 2 – Early Elizabethan England, 1558-1588 The American West, c1835-1895 40%
Paper 3 – Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918-1939 30%

Edexcel GCSE History is assessed in the following way:
Controlled Assessment (0%) Examination (100%)

Key Stage 5

A Level History is designed to help students understand the significance of historical events, the role of individuals in history and the nature of change over time. Students will gain a deeper understanding of the past through political, social, economic and cultural perspectives. History is taught by three specialist teachers.

AQA History A Level (70401/2)

We teach the AQA specification which is made up of three areas of History.

Paper 1 – HIS1C – The Tudors 1485-1603 40%
Paper 2 – HIS2Q – The American Dream, Reality and Illusion 1945-1980 40%
Historical Investigation – Russia 1855-1955 (3000-3500 words) 20%

AQA History A Level is assessed in the following way:
Controlled Assessment (20%) Examination (80%)

If you would like further information about the courses, topics and themes being taught in History, please contact: k.hutchinson@easingwold.outwood.com

Sociology

Key Stage 4

GCSE Sociology aims to broaden students’ minds, helping them to see their world from different perspectives and in new and thought-provoking ways. GCSE Sociology helps students to gain knowledge and understanding of key social structures, processes and issues through the study of families, education, crime and deviance and social stratification. Students will develop their analytical, assimilation and communication skills by comparing and
contrasting perspectives on a variety of social issues, constructing reasoned arguments, making substantiated judgements and drawing reasoned conclusions. By studying sociology, students will develop transferable skills including how to:

  • investigate facts and make deductions
  • develop opinions and new ideas on social issues
  • analyse and better understand the social world.

AQA GCSE Sociology (A-C 4190 Legacy Specification Year 11) (9-1 8192 in Year 9 and 10)*

We teach the AQA specification which is made up of key areas of Sociology.
Paper 1 – Education, Family, Research Methods and key studies in Sociology
Paper 2 – Crime and Deviance, Social Inequality (Media for Legacy Specification)

AQA GCSE Socology is assessed in the following way:
Controlled Assessment (0%) Examination (100%)

Key Stage 5

Students develop knowledge and understanding about society and how sociologists study. Our The course will help students understand society’s structures, processes and issues. Sociology is exciting, interesting and relevant to students’ lives. Students will also develop skills valued by higher education (HE) and employers, including critical analysis, independent thinking and research.

AQA Sociology A Level (7191/2)

We teach the AQA specification which is made up of three areas of Sociology.

Paper 1 – Education and Methods in Context (33%)
Paper 2 – Topics in Sociology Family and Households and Beliefs (33%)
Paper 3 – Crime and Deviance with Research Methods (33%)

AQA Sociology A Level is assessed in the following way:
Controlled Assessment (0%) Examination (100%)

If you would like further information about the courses, topics and themes being taught in Sociology, please contact: t.garnham@easingwold.outwood.com

Religious Studies Philosophy and Ethics

Key Stage 4

Religious Studies covers two of the major world religions – Christianity and Buddhism, alongside contemporary philosophical and ethical themes. This is an intriguing subject to explore and students will be challenged with questions about belief, values, meaning, purpose and truth, enabling them to develop their own attitudes towards religious issues.

Students will also gain an appreciation of how religion, philosophy and ethics form the basis of our culture. They will develop analytical and critical thinking skills, the ability to work with abstract ideas, leadership and research skills. All these skills will help prepare them for further study. Religious Studies is taught by two specialist and experienced teachers.

AQA GCSE (9-1) Religious Studies A (8062)

We teach the AQA specification which is made up of key areas of religious, philosophical and ethical issues
Paper 1 – Christianity and Buddhism beliefs and practices 50%
Paper 2 – Themes: Philosophical and Ethical issues Religion and Life, The Existence of God and Revelation, Religion Peace and Conflict and Religion, Crime and Punishment

AQA GCSE Religious Studies is assessed in the following way:
Controlled Assessment (0%) Examination (100%)

If you would like further information about the courses, topics and themes being taught in Religious Studies, please contact: n.wikocki@easingwold.outwood.com or s.neary@easingwold.outwood.com

Life

The Life course at Key Stage 3 provides students with the necessary skills and knowledge to access the GCSE Religious Studies course in Key Stage 4. Religious Studies is important because it equips students with cultural, social, moral and spiritual knowledge that aids in emotional and physical development within society. Students are also prepared for responsibilities, experiences and opportunities to enable them to become a positive role-model within society later in life. It is paramount that students acquire the knowledge and understanding of the beliefs and practices of the religions and worldviews which not only shape their history and culture but which guide their own development both morally and socially. The modern world needs young people who are sufficiently confident in their own beliefs and values to enable them to respect the religious and cultural differences of others and also allow them to positively contribute to a cohesive and compassionate society. PSHCE is also taught within the Life programme and includes Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education with a focus on the British Values.

Key Stage 3

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Key Stage 4

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If you would like further information about the courses, topics and themes being taught in Life, please contact: n.wikocki@easingwold.outwood.com

Enrichment Opportunities for Humanities

Please see the current Academy Enrichment Programme Booklet for details of enrichment opportunities in this subject area.