The Humanities Department


Head of Department = Mr S Howell


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The humanities department consists of History, Geography, RE, Sociology and Citizenship delivered by a team of 5 specialist teachers. The department is based in its own cluster of classrooms. We have a shared vision of developing every student to be highly aspirant global citizens who take an active role in their own learning, their school, their community and the world beyond. We want all students to achieve the best possible outcomes.


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All students study History, Geography and RE in years 7 and 8. In year 9 all students must take either History or Geography as well as RE. Sociology and Citizenship are further options available in year 9.

History -: The curriculum is designed around the new 1-9 EDEXCEL specification by embedding the skills and content knowledge the students need to be successful for their GCSEs throughout each year. In years 7 and 8 students will learn and develop the skills that they need to excel in History in year 9.

Geography -: In years 7 and 8 students are taught in form groups.  The topics covered are designed to enrich their knowledge and understanding of the world around them and in which we live and link directly to the GCSE specification with a view to making them ‘GCSE ready’ by the time they start year 9.  In years 9-11 the 9-1 OCR B specification is followed. 

RE -: The curriculum follows the agreed Tameside syllabus before starting the new 1-9 AQA specification in years 9, 10 and 11. Students will learn about the major world religions and explore how religion affects different moral and life issues.


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Students will be assessed through GCSE 1-9 summative assessments. There will be formal exams at regular intervals in each year group to test the students learning and acquisition of skills. This will be alongside ongoing formative assessments in each year.


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Home Learning


Students will be given home learning tasks to support their learning in school. These will take the form of a range of activities and enrichment opportunities. Students are expected to visit places of interest in their own time to enhance their enthusiasm for each Humanity subject.


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Afterschool Sessions


A variety of afterschool session are available within Humanities including Youth Rangers in year 7 and home learning clubs. In years 10 and 11 revision session are delivered each week.


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Enrichment Opportunities


As a department we offer a range of exciting enrichment activities including a trip to the WW1 Battlefields in year 8, a trip to Poland in year 9 and year 10 have the opportunity to visit Berlin. Competitions and challenges are also held throughout the year.


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