Humanities (Core)


  • Mrs R Hilton - Assistant Headteacher - Director of Humanities
  • Mr B Wadley - Subject Leader- History
  • Mrs H Thompson - Progress Leader Humanities and Geography
  • Ms C Turnbull - Assistant Headteacher - Director of Progress & Professional Development
  • Mr D Laney - History teacher
  • Miss L Lockwood - R.E. teacher
  • Mr M Ladson - Geography teacher
  • Mr K Blaza - History teacher
  • Miss J Ambler - Geography teacher
  • Mr C Griffiths - Geography teacher
  • Miss K Mooney - R.E. teacher
  • Ms C Speakes - History teacher
  • Ms E Walker - School direct trainee
  • Mr R Hollingworth - School direct trainee

During Key Stage 3, all students will study History, Geography and Culture and Ethics. They are taught in set groups and spend one hour in each subject weekly to support the development of skills and knowledge as they prepare for their GCSE studies in at least one Humanities subject.

History at KS3

In Key Stage Three, the curriculum is designed to inspire students in broadening their historical knowledge through the study of British and European History. Pupils study geography for one lesson per week in year seven and year eight.

Year Seven:

• Who are we? (Pre 1066 study)
• Why was William able to gain complete control of England after his invasion in 1066?
• What was life like in Medieval England for the ordinary people?
• How has religion in England shaped events in Europe?
• Why did Britain give Parliament more power than the Monarchy?
• Why did Britain develop so much during the Victorian era?

Year Eight:

• How and why did Britain take over a third of the world?
• Why did the world descend into war in 1914?
• What was life like home and away during WWI?
• The Holocaust
• What impact did WWII have on the world after 1945?
• Why were there so many tensions between East and West after WWII?

GCSE History (Y9, Y10 and Y11)

Students have three lessons of GCSE history per week. There are three examinations which are taken in the summer of Year 11 and are worth 100% of the overall grade. They are structured as follows;
Paper 1 (30%): Medicine in Britain (1250-Present), including a study on the British Sector of the Western Front (1914-18).
This modules connected to this paper will be studied in year 9.

Paper 2 (40%): Early Elizabethan England (1558-88) and the American West (1835-95).
The modules associated with this paper will be studied towards the end of year 9 and in year 10.

Paper 3 (30%): Russia and the Soviet Union (1917-41)
Studies in relation to this paper will be completed by December of the final year (11).


Geography at KS3

In Key Stage Three, the curriculum is designed to inspire the pupils to show curiosity and fascination about the world and its people. Pupils study geography for one lesson per week in year seven and year eight

Year Seven:

Topic 1- Introduction to Geography- Covering key geographical skills (including field sketches and OS map use)
Topic 2- Local Geography and the UK- Focusing on the local environment and our place in it and processes along the coastline in the UK
Topic 3-Europe- Looking at climate change and tourism
Topic 4- The World- Focusing on eco-systems and global citizenship

Year Eight:

Topic 1- North and South America- Brazil/Favelas and Hurricane Katrina
Topic 2- Africa and the Middle East- Physical and Human Geography of this diverse continent
Topic 3- Asia- Focusing on China and India
Topic 4- Extreme Environments- Looking at Rainforests/ Weather and Tourism


GCSE Geography (Year 9, 10 and 11)

Year 9 and 10) At  Key Stage Four in year 11, students receive three lessons per week of Geography.
Students complete 3 exams made up of 3 components

Component 1: The Physical Environment

Written examination: 1 hour and 30 minutes  37.5% of the qualification

● Topic 1: The changing landscapes of the UK, Coastal landscapes and processes and
Glaciated upland landscapes and processes.
● Topic 2: Weather hazards and climate change
● Topic 3: Ecosystems, biodiversity and management
Component 2: The Human Environment

Written examination: 1 hour and 30 minutes 37.5% of the qualification

● Topic 4: Changing cities
● Topic 5: Global development
● Topic 6: Resource management focusing on energy resource management in depth.

Component 3: Geographical Investigations: Fieldwork and UK Challenges

Written examination: 1 hour and 30 minutes 25% of the qualification
● Topic 7: Geographical investigations − fieldwork
● Topic 8: Geographical investigations − UK challenges

(As part of the fieldwork requirement students will take part in two field trips. One Human Geography visiting Hull City Centre and one Physical Geography visiting Hornsea and Mappleton on the East Coast.

Year 11

At  Key Stage Four in year 11, students receive three lessons per week of Geography. The course is taught through case studies/knowledge and skill in the following way:

Paper One- Physical Geography (37.5%) The Restless Earth/ Water on the Land and the Coastal Zone

Paper Two- Human Geography (37.5 %) Population/ Changing Urban Environments and Tourism

Controlled Assessment (25 %) Coursework completed in controlled conditions in the


Culture and Ethics at KS3/KS4

Students are challenged in Culture and Ethics to cover a variety of different viewpoints other than their own and to consider the positives from different religions.  We teach students a strong sense of morality and inspire students to see what they can learn from different cultures.

All our KS3 curriculum prepares students for future GCSE study.

In year 7 students cover the following topics, a term and a half each:

• Christian beliefs and practises
• Buddhism beliefs and practises

In these topics they study the basic beliefs of each religion and how they live their life.

Students have Culture and Ethics one hour a week.

In year 8 students cover the following topics:

  • Autumn term- Crime
  • Spring term- Social Injustice
  • Summer term- Global issues

The topics we study are linked to current issues that our world faces.

Students have Culture and Ethics one hour a week.

Our aim is to make students active, thoughtful and tolerant.



RE Year 9
All students will have RE for half a year. They will complete 7 weeks of sessions delivered by Cornerhouse. This includes sex and relationships education. For the remainder of the term students will complete a project focusing around the Holocaust and extremism. This is all non-examined and one hour a week.

RE Year 10
All students will have RE for half a year. They will complete 10-11 weeks on the topic of Crime in which we study the qualities of criminals, consider real life case studies and explore society’s perceptions of criminals. Another 10-11 weeks is dedicated to challenging social injustice such as various forms prejudice.

RE Year 11
Students in Year 11 have RE for half a year. In these lessons students study PSHE themes such as self-esteem, body image, mental health etc. This will last the full term and students cover a range of topics aimed at their wellbeing.