Humanities at Southbrook School consists of History, Geography and RE.
Throughout KS3 pupils learn about a range of local and world events as well as aspects of the physical world and the impact of humans on the planet. For example, they learn about the weather, settlements, rivers, farming and fair trade in local, national and worldwide contexts. In KS3, lessons are based on common themes taught across all subjects which allows for project based work. We recognise the value of our pupils knowing about their local area, its history and social and cultural make-up. We also know that learning about a wide breadth of events, countries and religions allows our pupils explore a love of learning, as well as increasing their understanding of the wider community and helping them to function within various communities beyond Southbrook.
The combination of these subjects allows teachers to make connections between historical events, religion and geography where appropriate and meaningful.
There are strong links with English, especially with regard to research and reading as well as writing. Speaking and listening are developed through discussions around moral issues and current affairs. Functional maths and ICT are also developed throughout humanities lessons.
At KS4, Humanities is studied as part of the Leisure, Creativity and Enquiry strand of learning. Learning outcomes are based on their individual transition profiles informed by their learning needs and destinations. This means that learning can be personalised. For example, there is a significant amount of Geographical understanding required to undertake outdoor learning, and the Duke of Edinburgh Scheme whilst personal learning goals and employment strands may be supported through research skills, self-directed projects and experiences within the local community. Humanities lessons contribute towards the achievement of accredited WJEC units in personal progress.