Humanities

The Faculty

Mrs E Cavanagh Head of Humanities/Head of History
Miss M Cave Assistant Headteacher/ Teacher of Humanities (currently on maternity leave)
Miss R Douglass Teacher of Humanities
Mrs J Lee Teacher of Psychology
Mr A McLean Head of Geography
Miss S Mullen Teacher of Humanities
Mr I Murdoch Head of Philosophy & Belief 
Mrs S Robinson Teacher of Humanities

Humanities is about people: how people create the world they live in and how the environment makes people who they are.  The faculty incorporates Geography, History and Philosophy & Belief at Key Stages 3 and 4. We focus on the students’ whole learning experience, encouraging them to learn about issues and to examine their own values and attitudes as individuals.

The three main subjects are taught discretely by subject specialists. Having a Humanities Faculty allows us to share good practice across the subjects and draw on, and emphasise cross curricular links.

Geography

KS3 Curriculum

Geography at St Katherine’s is all about inspiring young people to explore their world. At KS3 we study a a spiral curriculum to reflect and build the foundations of the concepts, processes and issues studied at GCSE and A Level.  The curriculum covers a range of engaging, up-to-date topics from the Japanese tsunami to the heroin trade in Afghanistan. We provide students with the necessary skills to critically read and interpret their local and global worlds. At KS4 and 5 we follow AQA Geography courses.

KS3 Curriculum

We study a spiral curriculum at KS3 to reflect and build the foundations of the concepts, processes and issues studied at GCSE and A Level.

Year 7 Units
  • Your Geography (introduction)
  • Your Planet
Year 8 Units
  • Violent Earth
  • Crowded Earth
  • Urban Earth
  • Water Earth.
  • Eroded Earth
  • Visited Earth
Year 9 Units
  • Risky World.
  • Conflicted World
  • Urbanised World
  • Flooded World
  • Warming World
  • Extreme World

KS4 Curriculum

We study the AQA Geography A course at Year 10 it is a traditional, GCSE Geography course. We feel it sets our students up well for A’ Level and beyond.

Year 10 Units
  • Restless Earth
  • Population Change
  • Tourism
  • Controlled Assessment (Independent study 25% of GCSE mark)
Year 11 Units
  • Changing Urban Environments
  • Water on the Land
  • Coastal Zone
  • Revision

Able Gifted and Talented

The St Katherine’s Geography Department values academic excellence and we strongly believe in a culture of independence. Our Geography students have a comprehensive independent learning offer from Year 7 to Year 11. Humanities Independent Projects (or HIPs), available via our Faculty blog http://stkathshumanities.wordpress.com/, allow students to delve deeper and enrich their learning.

Extracurricular Activities/Clubs

Humanities Film Club gives students to the opportunity to enrich their love of the subject through film. Regular films showing that supplement the curriculum include Hotel Rwanda, Supervolcano and 2012.

Year 8 and above visit our Humanities blog for full details of courses and lessons.
http://stkathshumanities.wordpress.com/

History

KS3 Curriculum

St. Katherine’s encourages students to analyse the world around them. We develop the skills needed to examine the wealth of evidence that survives from the past in order for students to reach their own judgements.  At GCSE we follow Edexcel SHP History courses, studying medicine and surgery.

We follow a chronological approach with a strong emphasis on the skills used in history to reflect and build the foundations of the concepts, processes and issues studied at GCSE and A Level.

Year 7 Units

  • An introduction to the key skills used in History
  • The Battle of Hastings (Evaluating History)
  • King John (Thinking about History)
  • Medieval Muck and Mayhem (Doing History)

Year 8 Units

  • Terrible Tudors and Stuarts (Thinking about History)
  • The Slave Trade (Using History)
  • Jack the Ripper (Evaluating History)
  • Industrial Britain (Digging deeper into History)

Year 9 Units

  • The World At War (Thinking about History).
  •  ‘A Lasting Peace’?! (Using History).
  • Total war (Evaluating History).
  • The World Since 1945 (Digging Deeper into History),

KS4 Curriculum

We study the Edexcel Schools History Project at GCSE. There is a strong emphasis on developing source skills.

GCSE Units

  • The History of Medicine and Treatment
  • The American West 1840-1895
  • The Transformation of Surgery 1840-1918
  • A study of the Vietnam War

Philosophy and Belief

We encourage students to explore the world of Philosophy, Ethics and Religion and to reflect on their own ideas and the world in which they live. Students are given the skills to become reflective independent thinkers and encouraged to be open-minded and curious about the world around them. The KS4 curriculum builds on the themes developed in KS3 and students study the OCR GCSE course in Philosophy and Applied Ethics and the EdExcel ‘A’ Level syllabus.

KS3 Curriculum

Year 7 Units

  • What matters?
  • What does it mean to be good?
  • What are my beliefs and commitments?

Year 8 Units

  • Who am I? (know thy self)
  • Was the Buddha Right?
  • What can we learn from Rituals?
  • Is it ever right to fight?

Year 9 Units

  • What happens when we die?
  • How can we make society a fairer place?
  • What is the meaning of life?
  • Does God exist?

KS4 Curriculum

There are eight units studied at KS4 that deal with a variety of ethical, philosophical and religious issues. Where religious views are studied they are Christian. The students are examined by four one hour examinations at the end of Year 11.

Year 10/11 Units

  • Medical Ethics
  • Wealth and Poverty
  • Religion and Science
  • Good and Evil
  • Issues of Equality
  • Peace and Justice
  • The End of Life
  • God

Extracurricular Activities/Clubs

Humanities Film Club gives students the opportunity to enrich their love of the subject through film and from September 2013 the Philosophy and Belief department will seek to run a Philosophy club along the lines of the P4C programme outlined above.

Contact Details

Iain Murdoch, Head of Philosophy & Belief murdochi@stkaths.org.uk

Able, Gifted and Talented

The St Katherine’s History Department values academic excellence and we strongly believe in a culture of independence. Our History students have a comprehensive independent learning offer from reception in Year 7 through to Year 11. Humanities Independent Projects (or HIPs), available via our Faculty blog http://stkathshumanities.wordpress.com/, allow students to delve deeper and enrich their learning.

Extracurricular Activities/Clubs

Humanities Film Club gives students to the opportunity to enrich their love of the subject through film. Regular films showing that supplement the curriculum.

Useful Weblink

http://stkathshumanities.wordpress.com/

http://www.historyonthenet.com/

Contact details

Michelle Cave Head of History cavem@stkaths.org.uk

Courses and Qualifications

GCSE Geography AQA Geography A
GCE  Geography AQA Geography
GCSE History Edexcel  Geography
GCE History OCR History
GCSE Philosophy & Belief AQA Religious Studies