Miss Nataly Miorin - Teacher of History
Mr Iain Nerac - Teacher of history
Mr Andrew fitzpatrick - Teacher of Geography
Each Humanities subject (History, Geography and Religious Studies) is delivered within a discreet 60 minute lesson per week by a subject specialist to class groups of usually no more than 26 students. Each subject within the Faculty delivers a comprehensive curriculum designed to develop and refine students’ subject knowledge, exam technique and literacy skills in preparation for their exams at the end of Year 11.
In Key Stage 3 each year group half (X and Y) has three mixed-ability classes, and one ‘Super-Group’; this class is reserved for students who we feel demonstrate an exceptional commitment to their studies across all of their Humanities lessons. Students are reviewed each half term, and sensitively placed in either a mixed-ability group or the Super-Group, depending on their academic performance, efforts and behaviour in the same half-term. All GCSE groups are mixed ability.
As a Faculty we run a number of extra-curricular activities, including GCSE trips to London to explore Crime and Punishment and Hindu places of worship, trips across the island to undertake geographical field studies, and an extremely successful Model United Nations Conference. Each year, we also select students to take part in the Rotary Peace Debate at the States Chambers, as well as running trips to the Magistrate’s Court (where students can tour the cells and observe real-life cases) and various churches and places of worship on Jersey.
Homework and Assessment in Humanities
In Key Stage 3, Humanities students can expect up to 6 pieces of homework per half-term (1-2 pieces from each subject (History, Geography and Religious Studies), totalling no more than 60 minutes per subject. They can also expect to be formally assessed in each subject three times per year through a range of GCSE exam questions and criteria. We know from experience that early exposure to GCSE content, skills and assessment allows students to develop excellent exam skills in preparation for their GCSEs at the end of Year 11.
In Key Stage 4 (GCSE), Humanities students can expect one piece of homework per week from each of the subjects they have chosen to study at GCSE. They can also expect to be formally assessed in their chosen subject/s once a fortnight, through a range of GCSE exam questions, end of unit tests, mock exams and extended pieces of writing.
Location and Further Info
The Faculty is located on the top floor of the school, where we are lucky to have 6 dedicated classrooms on the same corridor, as well as convenient access to computer rooms, iPads and Chromebooks.
Please read on to find out more about specific History, Geography and Religious Studies curricula.
We follow the AQA Religious Studies GCSE: Specification A. This qualification is 100% examination with no coursework, meaning that students wishing to choose this option should be confident in writing comprehensive extended answers in short periods of time. In the exam, students are not provided with sources from which to draw answers or to use as prompts for ideas; as such, it’s important that students choosing the Religious Studies GCSE are prepared to revise throughout Years 10 and 11 to ensure retention of key subject knowledge.
The students are examined in this subject at the end of Year 11 in two 1 hour and 45 minute written exams.
We follow the Edexcel (9-1) History GCSE specification. The course builds on the content studied at Key Stage Three and supports progression to A Level History. The course is assessed with three written exams at the end of the course in Year 11 assessing each of the 5 units. The course is academically challenging, students are set homework each week. Since the course is dependent on the students having a good base of historical knowledge they are expected to be doing regular independent revision thoughout the two year period.
We follow the Edexcel (9-1) Geography GCSE specification. The course builds on the content studied at Key Stage Three and supports progression to A Level Geography.The course is assessed with three written exams at the end of the course in Year 11. This assesses both the knowledge and skills that have been taught over the 2 years, and the fieldwork skills students have developed. The course includes two compulsory pieces of coursework, the first is focused on investigating urban Geography and the second is either a coast or river investigation. The course will give students a very good understanding of how we manage our planet across a range of environmental, physical and human themes and helps people to understand how inter-connected the world is.