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HUMANITIES

Humanities

Humanities at Kineton High School encompasses the subjects of History; Geography; Religious Education; Philosophy and Ethics; Sociology and Psychology. 

The subjects within Humanities are academically rigorous disciplines that celebrate success, effort and determination from our students. We explore a variety of perspectives based upon an appreciation and tolerance of different viewpoints. In a modern world where information is widely and freely available we encourage students to reflect thoughtfully upon multiple opinions. To recognise the need to critically analyse evidence; to open minds to the ‘big picture’ and to both express and constructively challenge different viewpoints. Students who study Humanities are encouraged to ask questions and to separate fact from opinion and misinformation before making judgements based upon an evaluation of available evidence. 

Geography

Geography is a hugely important subject; it allows us the pass onto the citizens of tomorrow thousands of years’ worth of discoveries about how our world works. It equips them with a broad range of skills that shape the way they see the world and enables them to add to these discoveries. 

  • The study of Geography creates a sense of space and place and looks at the relationships between space and place at different scales. 
  • Geographers link physical, human and cultural processes and examine how these processes shape the world we live in. The subject creates an awareness of the fact that all these processes work together and consequently our world is constantly changing. 
  • Geography raises awareness of environmental issues and how these have impacts at local, regional and global scales. 
  • Geographers recognise that there are many different groups with varying attitudes and interests. These varying attitudes and interests could mean that there are ranges of different impacts, depending on which attitude and actions are followed. 
  • Geographers use evidence and data to examine how valid theories are by using open minded and detailed analysis. 

 

At Key Stage Three students explore a range of geographical issues and contexts, including case studies on Japan and the Amazon, climate change, and coastal erosion. Learning outside of the classroom includes fieldwork in the Cotswolds and local environmental surveys. 

At Key Stage Four GCSE students follow the WJEC exam board, looking at both physical and human geography and conducting fieldwork in Worcester. 

At Key Stage Five A-Level students follow the Edexcel exam board, studying issues such as migration, sovereignty and identity; regeneration; tectonics and also conducting an independent investigation into a geographical issue of their choosing. 

The curriculum plan for each subject demonstrates the planned progression for students across a key stage. It is therefore a strategic document to ensure that all students receive the same key curriculum whilst enabling staff to develop their lessons to adapt to the needs of their individual students. As a result there may be some adaption to the timescales of the overviews, but the key assessment points will provide the means to ensure that all students have benefited from the agreed curriculum.

KS3 Geography Curriculum Plan

For further information please contact Mr M Spicer.

 

History

In the vital subject of History students will study a variety of different events and time periods in order to develop skills of source analysis, extended written evaluation and an appreciation of multiple historical interpretations. They will learn to: 

  • Use evidence to build balanced and persuasive arguments 
  • Assess the relative value of different sources 
  • Appreciate and evaluate the significance of events which have shaped our world 
  • Recognise how and why different views on the same subject can be constructed 
  • Reflect on the interconnected relationship between events, individuals and organisations 

 

At Key Stage Three students study a range of topics from the early Medieval world right through to the end of the Twentieth Century, with opportunities to explore a variety of learning activities both in and outside of the classroom. These include opportunities for debating, persuasive writing and image analysis amongst others. 

At Key Stage Four GCSE students follow the Edexcel exam board and study Crime and Punishment through time; Superpower Relations and the Cold War; The Reigns of King Richard and King John; and the USA, 1954-75. Examination is through three papers at the end of the course looking at source analysis, historical interpretations and extended written evaluation. 

At Key Stage Five A-Level students follow the OCR exam board. This includes studying Dictatorship and Democracy in Germany, 1919-63; Britain, 1900-51; Tudor Rebellions; and a 4,000-word personal study on a topic of their choosing. 

The curriculum plan for each subject demonstrates the planned progression for students across a key stage. It is therefore a strategic document to ensure that all students receive the same key curriculum whilst enabling staff to develop their lessons to adapt to the needs of their individual students. As a result there may be some adaption to the timescales of the overviews, but the key assessment points will provide the means to ensure that all students have benefited from the agreed curriculum.

KS3 History Curriculum Plan

For further information please contact: Mr M Davies.

RE

Our RE curriculum has been designed to allow our students to practice and develop the vital skills of application and analysis. Application is so important in our subject, as we seek not only to understand the opinions of a range of religions and perspectives, but also the reasons and teachings behind them. Analysis is also at the forefront of our subject as through discussion and enquiry, students are invited to consider and appreciate the significance of the views we study to those who hold them.  

Students are encouraged to take an open-minded approach when studying the views of others, but are also given the chance to respond these viewpoints in a respectful way. Our KS3 curriculum introduces students to a broad range of topics. In Year 7, students study thee topics; Big Questions, in which we consider one philosophical question each lesson, Religion Around Us, which takes a comparative approach to analyse differences in the beliefs and practices of religion in multi-cultural Britain, and Sikhism: A Religion of Equality, in which students analyse how Sikh beliefs reflect the importance of equality. In Year 8, students study five topics; Human Rights, in which we analyse the importance of rights and responsibilities, Buddhism, in which we analyse the significance of key beliefs and practices for Buddhists, and Environmental Ethics, Medical Ethics and Animal Rights which all consider a range of religious and non-religious responses to moral issues.  

At GCSE level, we study the Edexcel specification B course, which explores Christian, Muslim, Humanistic and Atheist responses to a wide range of moral issues as well as analysing the key teachings of Christianity and Islam in detail. At KS5 we offer the Social Sciences courses of Psychology and Sociology. Therefore, our curriculum offers both great depth and breadth, as students are encouraged to study a wide range of issues and perspectives in great detail.  

The curriculum plan for each subject demonstrates the planned progression for students across a key stage. It is therefore a strategic document to ensure that all students receive the same key curriculum whilst enabling staff to develop their lessons to adapt to the needs of their individual students. As a result there may be some adaption to the timescales of the overviews, but the key assessment points will provide the means to ensure that all students have benefited from the agreed curriculum.

KS3 RE Curriculum Plan

For further information please contact Mr S Bonfield.

 

Psychology

At KS5 we study the AQA AS and A Level courses. AS Level explores attachment, social influence, memory, psychopathology, approaches, biopsychology and research methods. A Level explores approaches part 2, biopsychology part 2, research methods part 2, issues and debates, relationships, aggression and schizophrenia.

 

Sociology

At KS5 we study the AQA A level course which explores education, theories and methods AS with methods in context: education, families and households, crime and deviance, theories and methods A2 and media.

 

Exam Boards

  • KS4 Geography – WJEC Eduqas GCSE
  • KS4 History – Edexcel GCSE
  • KS4 RE – Edexcel GCSE
  • KS5 Geography – Edexcel A Level
  • KS5 History – OCR A Level
  • KS5 Psychology – AQA AS and A Level
  • KS5 Sociology – AQA A Level

 

Information and resources can also be found at: www.kinetonhumanities.org.uk