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Humanities Intent Statement

At Abbey Park School, we value the holistic development of all learners and the curriculum areas taught within the Humanities are integral in ensuring our pupils grow into citizens who have a well-rounded view and understanding of the world they live in – our history, culture, diversity and geography. 

Comprising our Humanities curriculum are the subject areas of History, Geography and Religious Education (Philosophical Thinking: PT), as well as Sociology at KS4. Our Humanities curriculum is broad and balanced and enhances the requirements of the National Curriculum for England by continually evaluating current schemes of learning to ensure we are stimulating national shifts and changes in cultures, to prepare students for everyday living. This in turn, allows us as a department to provide high quality lessons through a wide range of Historical, Geographical and Theologian themes to prepare them for the skills and knowledge they need to progress into future careers.  

Our curriculum has been designed as a spiralised curriculum which begins with Year 7 and 8 taught as a combined Humanities curriculum before separating out to individual disciplines. At Abbey Park School, we feel it is important for student to understand how the subjects can intertwine and complement one another, thus developing schema. From Year 9 the subject disciplines become discrete, allowing specialist staff to fully engage students with their subject and preparing students towards their examinations. Students are guided through with big-picture thinking of individual subjects learning journey’s, complemented with topic PLCs (personalised learning checklists), which outlines all the content covered within each unit. We have regular retrieval practices throughout both KS3 and KS4, including practices such as ‘Geog your Memory’ ‘Past’ and ‘Pray’ which aid students to have regular granular opportunities to recap previous learning to assist in making links to their long- term memory, as well as providing links on the spiral next steps in knowledge.  

All staff within the department are proactive with all elements of CPD comprising of teaching initiatives such a Rosenshein, as well as subject specific opportunities, ensuring they are developing key skills, knowledge, careers and cultural capital opportunities including fieldwork.  

Pupils are assessed regularly throughout all Humanities subjects, either through end of unit assessments or through milestone marking (a key piece of work) within students’ books. As well as staff feeding back on assessments/marking through the use of What Went Well (WWW) and How to Improve (HTI), students also reflect and complete a Make A Change (MAC) task to engage and provide the opportunities to practise the skills to improve.  

All students at Abbey Park School when they choose their option process, have to choose either History or Geography to take forward at GCSE, and then Full Course Philosophical Thinking and Sociology is offered within the options process, both which have a positive uptake each year. All classes throughout Humanities are taught as mixed ability classes, where support is offered to students within lessons as necessary. We are proud to say examinations within Humanities have been positive and on an upward trend over the past 5 years.  

 

KS3 and KS4 Humanities Curriculum Maps

Click below in 'Related Documents' to view curriculum maps.

APS Geography Curriculum Map KS3 & KS4 (203KB)

Curriculum Map which includes Unit of Work, Knowledge and Skills and Assessment broken down into Terms.

APS History Curriculum Map KS3 & KS4 (197KB)

Curriculum Map which includes Unit of Work, Knowledge and Skills and Assessment broken down into Terms.

APS PT Curriculum Map KS3 & KS4 (195KB)

Curriculum Map which includes Unit of Work, Knowledge and Skills and Assessment broken down into Terms.

APS Sociology Curriculum Map KS4 (159KB)

Curriculum Map which includes Unit of Work, Knowledge and Skills and Assessment broken down into Terms.

Covid-19 adaption to Curriculum

Within the academic year 2020-2021 and the re-opening of schools curriculum areas have made adaptions to their offer due to the different working and learning conditions.  Below are the curriculum plans in light of being Covid-19 safe and working within our C-19 safety requirements.

 

C-19 Humanities Curriculum Planning - T5&6 2021 (142KB)

Curriculum plan for term 5 and 6 in response to C-19 and return to school

C-19 Humanities Curriculum Planning - T3&4 2021 (169KB)

Curriculum plan for term 3 and 4 in response to C-19 and return to school

C-19 Humanities Curriculum Planning - T1&2 2020 (157KB)

Curriculum plan for term 1 and 2 in response to C-19 and return to school