Humanities

KS3 Humanities Curriculum

In Year 7 and 8 students are introduced to some historical, geographical and religious/ethical stories associated with the United Kingdom , India, USA and South Africa.   Students will spend two Terms in each subject area considering topics such as life in colonial times in India; the impacts of volcanic eruptions in USA, and the impact of apartheid on the people of South Africa.  The content is delivered alongside literacy skills using the Talk for Write method delivered in Year 7 and 8.   

Year 7

Each area of the World is investigated through historical, geographical and ethical/religious topics – learning culminates in an extended piece of writing about the subject matter studied.

United Kingdom

 The Great Fire of London

The aim of this unit is to explore the key events of how/why the fire started; what was destroyed; how it ended and what the impact was for the city of London.

The London Floods

The aim of this to explore the causes of flooding and the impacts of the Christmas 2013 Floods on the London area.  The unit also looks into ways in which London can be protected from flooding.

The London Riots

The aim of this unit is to investigate the cause of the London and consider the consequences of the riot.  The unit then explores ways in which we could prevent the riots from happening again.

India

Colonial India

The aim of this unit is to explore the life of a British colonialist and an Indian in Victorian ‘colonised’ India: how did they mix? What did they benefit from? What was life like on a tea plantation?

Development dilemmas in India

The aim of this unit is to explore the impact of globalisation on people in India and idea of the rich urban core and rural periphery.

Hinduism in India.

The aim of this unit is to explore Hinduism and Hindu beliefs & practices including the Festival of Lights and Diwali.

Year 8

Each area of the World is investigated through historical, geographical and ethical/religious topics - learning culminates in an extended piece of writing about the subject matter studied.

USA 

European Colonisation,

The aim of this unit is to explore the ‘discovery’ of the Americas; the establishment of the colonies/states; and the interaction between with the Native Americans.

The Mt St Helens Eruption, 

The aim of this unit is to explore why the USA has active volcanoes and the impact of these on people and the environment through a study of the Mt St Helens eruption.

Capital Punishment in the USA

The aim of this unit is to consider reasons for and against capital punishment but investigating alternatives to this form of punishment.

South Africa

The Boer War

The aim of this unit is to explore the battles between the Zulu, the British and the Boers/Afrikaners and their claims for land.

 Eco-tourism in South Africa

The aim of this unit is to investigate eco-tourism as a sustainable alternative to mass tourism by exploring South Africa and the opportunities to develop through eco-tourism.

Apartheid in South Africa

The aim of this unit is to consider the violation of human rights through the example of apartheid in South Africa.