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The Norwood School

Humanities & RS Philosophy

The Humanities curriculum consists of 4 subjects: Geography, History, Religious Studies and Citizenship. At Key Stage 3 pupils have 5 lessons a week divided into 2 Geography lessons, 2 History lessons and 1 Religious Studies lesson.

There are ‘drop-weeks’ where parts of the Citizenship curriculum are delivered and in Year 9 pupils receive 1 timetabled lesson of per week. The curriculum is divided into units and each of these units has an assessment and pupils receive a level from their teacher.

Throughout these units pupils are given the opportunity to reflect on their achievement and are given time to set targets and improve their work. On entry into school pupils are given a short baseline assessment when they arrive in Year 7 and there are school examinations in each subject in the third term. In humanities pupils learn through a wide variety of methods ranging from independent work to group presentations. We use the ICT suite as often as possible to allow students to develop their research skills which helps prepare students as independent learners.

In humanities we use a DREAM rewards system that follows the whole school approach. Pupils are given points when they demonstrate discipline, respect, enthusiasm, achievement and maturity in their humanities lessons.

In History year 7 pupils focus on Medieval Britain. The units covered include an investigation into the Norman Conquests, the development of the plaque, the motivation behind the peasant’s revolt and the exploration and conflict associated with the Crusades. In Geography pupils explore the importance of the environment with local field work; we investigate flooding in local and international contexts and explore how settlements have grown over time. In Religious Studies we look at the role of religion in everyday life and introduce ourselves to the stories of Muhammed, Jesus and Siddartha. In Citizenship there are ‘drop weeks’ studying communities, looking at the costs of crime and how decisions are made in our local community.

All KS3 students are encouraged to attend Debate Mate every Monday after school where students get involved in topical and lively debates.