Humanities

Our vision for the Humanities Faculty is that all students experience a curriculum with breadth and depth so they are equipped to be global citizens of the future. The Tile Cross Humanities faculty are committed to ensuring that all students make excellent progress in History, Geography and RE through excellent teaching that will motivate them to work hard and succeed. We aim for them to become independent global citizens through fostering awareness of the past, present and future of the world around them through the development of their subject knowledge and expertise and their CORE skills.

In our Humanities lessons we encourage depth and breathe by focusing on developing a strong knowledge and skills base which will give them a firm foundation for further study. Formal and informal assessments allow pupils to know how they are progressing, and allow the teachers to plan according to the specific needs of their classes and individual pupils. We believe our approach to knowledge and skills development allows pupils to have the best possible chance to feel confident in their own abilities, and will offer a springboard to success for further study. We also include in our lessons debates; spark passionate discussions and excitement so that all students are fully engaged in their learning. This will develop their ambition and thirst to learn in order to succeed and excel. In order to drive progress we pro-actively embed revision and learning strategies with a focus on a Knowledge Rich Curriculum within the faculty at KS3 & KS4. We ensure that prior learning is consolidated and that   knowledge learnt is retained in our student’s long term memory. CORE skills are embedded in our Humanities lessons, to ensure development of strong student confidence and preparation for their KS4 journey is successful.

The Humanities Key stage 3 curriculum offers one and half terms of a Knowledge Rich Curriculum that covers British and World History. This includes bigger enquiry questions which are designed to help our students gain a sense of time and chronology and their place in world history. They will develop important skills of identification, analysis and evaluation through examining historical evidence and sources with a critical eye. Our enquiry journey takes students from Medieval Britain through to Present Day including both World Wars. The study of the Holocaust is an integral part of our cross curriculum offer in Humanities. As a Rights Respecting school we need to ensure that our students have a sound knowledge of the atrocities of the past if we are to engender a spirit of tolerance and understanding. Takes in the second half of the year we switch to Geography which covers human and physical Geography.  In Geography pupils develop essential geographical skills, such as data analysis; interpreting geographical information; understanding of the interaction between physical/human processes and their formation.

Our timetable is arranged so that topics are studied in depth. As students transition from History to Geography, low stakes tests are set to ensure that learning is retained. They are given the tools to make sense of a complex and dynamically changing world. Students learn where places are, different landscapes and climates. They learn how places and landscapes are formed, and how people and their environment interact in both positive and negative ways.

Religious education is at the heart of our vision to prepare our students for their future. Students will learn about Christianity and the 5 other major faiths.  Students will learn about religion and from religion, developing their knowledge and expertise through the CORE skills. At Key Stage 4, while some students will opt to study at GCSE and others have the opportunity to do so, all student have provision at a whole school level which is under review.

The Humanities faculty consists of four full time qualified teachers who are creative and forward thinking. We often lead on new initiatives. For example, developing new strategies for assessment, feedback and marking. We are a strong team that believes in collaboration and regularly share ideas in order to develop our teaching and learning practice.

We also prepare our students in the Humanities faculty to take hold of the vast range of opportunities available to them in the world today.  Our hope for our students is that their learning within Humanities enables them to actively participate in the world with sensitivity and integrity.