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Humanities (Geography, History, Religious Studies)


Head of Department – Mr S Blay

Our aim is to:

  • Excite imaginations
  • Fire curiosity
  • Discover new worlds

KS3 Humanities

Year 7 Combined Humanities

The Island – discover ways of living, systems of government and environments whilst stranded on a remote island.

Brack to the Future – It is 2199 and you are travelling back in time to a Bracknell long forgotten. Explore the history, geography and local culture of this great town.

The British Empire – Was it good or bad? How far and wide did it stretch? What impact did Gandhi have on the Empire?

Passport to the World – Collect your passport and travel through six continents learning about the history, geography and culture of the places you visit.

Active Citizenship – Explore an issue on which you can make a difference. Be inspired by the women’s suffrage movement and develop your own plan to change things.

Good or Bad? – Was Bloody Mary really bloody? Are earthquakes always disastrous? We look at some examples of where people disagree and explore our own debatable issues.

Year 8 Religious Studies

Hinduism – Concepts of God, Dharma, Karma and Moksha

Christianity – Concepts of Authority, Sin, Fear and Atonement

Judaism – Concepts of Law, Guidance, Tradition, Passover

Buddhism – Concepts of Renunciation, Guidance, Dukkha, Discipline, Meditation

Year 8 History

Medieval Matters – From the Feudal System to the Black Death.

Superstitious Stuarts – Charles I, Cromwell, Great Fire of London and the Plague

Virtuous Victorians – Class, Factories, Law and Order, Achievements

World War 1 – Causes, Conditions in the trenches, Censorship and Propaganda, The Somme

Interwar years and Rise of Nazis – Instability and lurking dangers

WW2 and the Holocaust – Dunkirk, D-Day, Persecution of the Jews

Year 8 Geography

Restless Earth – Earthquakes, Volcanoes, Tsunamis

Flaming Earth – Climate Change, Natural and Human Impacts

Crowded Earth – Population, Urbanisation, Slums, Dharavi

Exploring Ecosystems – Biomes, Small Ecosystems, Food webs

Rivers – Water Cycle, Formation, The Journey, Case Studies

Map Skills – Direction, Distance, Scale, Contours

KS4 Humanities

GCSE Geography
Students follow the AQA Geography GCSE specification.

Year 9
Natural Hazards, Tectonic Hazards, Weather Hazards, Climate Change
Ecosystems, Tropical Rainforests
Urban issues and challenges – The Development Gap
Barton-on-Sea Fieldwork

Year 10
Energy Management
Lexicon Fieldwork
Hot Deserts
Urban Sustainability
Urban Change in the UK

Year 11
Urban World (Rio)
Nigeria economy
UK economy
Paper 3 Issue Evaluation (Geographical Applications)

GCSE History
Students follow the Edexcel exam board.

Year 9
Medicine in Britain, c1250–present and the British sector of the Western Front 1914–18: injuries, treatment and the trenches

Year 10
The American West, c1835-c1895
The Reigns of King Richard and King John, 1189-1216

Year 11
Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918-39

Extra Curricular Opportunities

Trips to: Battlefields in Belgium and France, Sorrento, Germany (Munich and Berlin), Poland (Auschwitz), Imperial War Museum & Florence Nightingale Museum in London, River Museum in Henley, Kew Gardens, Barton-on-sea, Lexicon shopping centre, Snowdonia, plus more

Mock Trial competition
Geography quiz
Ancient History club
“Youth Speaks” group
Numerous different revision sessions run throughout the year