Humanities

Subject Leaders

Head of Geography
Ashleigh Ellitson, email: aellitson@heatonmanor.net

Head of History
Mark Hubbard, email: mhubbard@heatonmanor.net

Head of Religious Education
Alison Emami, email: aemami@heatonmanor.net

Head of Social Science
Alison Keyte, email: akeyte@heatonmanor.net

Head of Citizenship
David Attrill, email: dattrill@heatonmanor.net

We are very proud of the contribution this area makes to a student’s broad and balanced education in enriching learning and enhancing student awareness. Humanities subjects help students to investigate the world in which they live and develops their contribution as active members of society. Committed specialist teachers utilise a variety of teaching methods to engage and motivate students. This is why students both enjoy their learning in Humanities subjects and achieve good results. The area provides opportunities to extend learning beyond the classroom with field studies and visits, backed up by extensive information and resources on the school’s VLE.

The Faculty of Humanities includes the following subject areas: History, Geography, Religious Education (RE), Citizenship (Cz) which includes Personal, Social, Health, Economic Education (PSHEe), Careers education as guidance (CEIAG), Psychology and Sociology.

Lower School

In the Lower School students have distinct lessons in History, Geography, RE and CP/PSHEe. These subjects help students gain knowledge, expand understanding and develop cross curricular skills. The area promotes a genuine interest in learning by exploring many diverse topics helping students become independent learners. Students are encouraged to evaluate topics and make judgements.

The emphasis in History is on gaining a broad chronology of some elements of British and World history, looking at broad themes in each year group.

In Geography, students study a wide range of both physical and human geography, considering the importance of geography in the UK as well as around the world.

RE lessons encourage students to develop understanding of beliefs, values and practices, as well as evaluate issues.

Citizenship/PSHEe develops students’ well-being and self-esteem and encourages belief in their ability to succeed, enabling them to take responsibility for their learning and future career paths.

Upper School

The Humanities subjects are very popular in the Upper School with most students studying at least two courses at this level. In core time, students study Personal development (Pd), which for most means they complete a GCSE RE short course exam before going on to study aspects of Cz/PSHE and Careers Education.

The RE curriculum covers many diverse contemporary moral issues, under the broad title of "Religion, Life and Society", where evaluation of issues ranging from infertility treatments to punishment is a key element.

Cz/PSHE continues to give students knowledge, skills and understanding to play an effective role in society at local, national and international levels.

In addition students can opt to study GCSE courses in History, Geography and Psychology. Optional GCSE History sharpens source skills and considers modern Twentieth Century History, where students are encouraged to develop reasoned explanations for events. In the Geography option students follow an issues based specification which looks at topical world issues and the way that people adapt and change to deal with an ever changing world. Psychology is a new optional subject with students learning about how psychologists try to understand people’s behaviour and predict how they are likely to behave in different situations.

Sixth Form

Very popular optional AS and A2 courses are offered in History, Geography, Psychology and Sociology.

The History choice encourages students to become more independent in their learning, with a historical enquiry being the culmination of their studies.

In Geography students develop an in-depth appreciation of contemporary global challenges and the ways in which these challenges are managed. In addition, they develop an understanding of practical geography and application of field work and analysis techniques.

A-Level Psychology gives students a broad introduction to the scope and nature of the subject as a science, where the emphasis is on applying knowledge and understanding to a range of topic areas such as memory, biopsychology and psychopathology. Students engage in issues and debates in contemporary psychology.

Sociology attempts to investigate and understand the social world and human behaviour within it. Students investigate the ways in which society influences and shapes our lives via a wide range of subjects including: family and households, education, belief systems and crime and deviance.

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