The Humanities Department at Le Rocquier comprises of three academic disciplines: History, Geography and Religious Studies. Currently, students are offered a single (55 min) lesson a week in each of the three disciplines in Y8 and Y9. The department offers GCSE courses in KS4 in Modern World History, Geography, and Philosophy and Applied Ethics. The Humanities department is staffed by four specialist teachers who are supported by other non-specialist teachers in KS3.
In Y8, students follow a History syllabus that covers aspects of British history during the early modern period (1500 – 1700). In order to give students an opportunity to study a non – European culture, an investigation into the history and culture of the native Americans completes the Y8 History syllabus.
In Y9, students commence the year by studying the transatlantic slave trade, up to and including abolition. The syllabus the focuses on aspects of 20th century world history with investigations that look at both world wars, and an in-depth study of either Russia under Stalin, or Nazi Germany.
In Y8 students begin the course by looking at key elements of some of the world’s main religions (the unit is entitled ‘What Is Special?’). Students then have an opportunity to study one faith (we have looked at Buddhism for the last two years) in more detail. In order to encourage debate in ethics, the course also deals with themes such as war and pacifism, and religious symbolism
In Y9 students follow a module entitled ‘Rites of Passage’ which focuses on birth, coming of age, marriage and death rites as practised by different faiths. Students also have an opportunity to study themes such as prejudice and discrimination and the relationship between religion and science.
In both year disciplines, students are assessed through a series of Key Assessment Tests that focus on Key knowledge and skills. The Tests are assessed using National Curriculum (UK) assessment levels which are the main indicator of pupil progress throughout the key stage.
History students follow a GCSE course in Modern World History offered by the OCR examination board. The GCSE comprises of an in-depth study (‘Britain 1890 – 1918’) which focuses on source work skills and two units, ‘Aspects of International Relations 1918-1939’ and ‘Germany 1918-1945’, in which knowledge and understanding are assessed in a cumulative paper at the end of the course. Students complete a course work assignment which focuses on an aspect of 20th century medicine that is written up under controlled conditions.
Philosophy and Applied Ethics
Students are offered a ‘Philosophy and Applied Ethics’ course offered by the OCR examination board. They study twelve modules, six of which focus on philosophical issues which face Christianity, and six which look at ethical issues. The course is assessed in four written papers at the end of the key stage. Currently there is no course work commitment for this syllabus.
‘Humanities: How to be human in the best sense of the word’