The Humanities & Social Science Faculty

Jan Lindsay

Head of the Humanities & Social Science Faculty Email jan.lindsay10@fearnhill.herts.sch.uk

 

In the Humanities Faculty

History, Geography and Religous Education are taught in year 7 – 11. Psychology and Sociology are also taught in the Sixth form. It has highly-qualified and experienced staff who are enthusiastic about their teaching.

Too many mistakes have been made over the years because our government did not understand ― or even seek to understand ― the countries or cultures we were dealing with.

Robert M. Gates (former US Secretary of Defence)

In Humanities;

  • students learn about their world and the people in it.what people have done in the past and the reasons why they did it (History)
  • what different groups of people believe and how their beliefs influence their actions (RE)
  • where people live and how they interact with their environment (Geography)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All students in Years 7-9 study Humanities for at least 7 hours per fortnight. The National Curriculum for Geography and History and the Herts Agreed for Religious Education form the basis
Geography

In Geography, students will study topics such as:

  • Why is population growth a serious issue?
  • Why should we protect our ecosystems?
  • Is British weather really that bad?

History

In History, the studies include:

  • What problems did medieval monarchs face?
  • How did Britain become a leading power in the world?
  • Why should we remember World War 1?

 

Religious Education

In RE, the issues include:

  • Who inspires us?
  • What lies beyond the grave?
  • What do we mean by freedom and justice?

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GeographyHistory

Students in Years 10-11 may wish to continue their studies in the Humanities subjects. Students are given the opportunity to study Geography and History  and all these qualifications lead to a GCSE.

Year 11 Geography GCSE Edexcel B 

In GCSE Geography, The Geography GCSE gives students the opportunity to follow a balanced study programme. Key ideas and issues include:

  • Restless Earth: Plate tectonics and hazard
  • Coastal change and conflict: Threats to coasts caused by climate change.
  • Globalisation: Growth of global companies and employment

The examination is made up of 3 written examinations and a controlled assessment which is an investigation based on residential fieldwork. The Edexcel B course is followed.

 

Year 10 Geography GCSE Edexcel B

In GCSE Geography students have the opportunity to follow a balanced study programme. Key ideas and issues include:

  • Plate tectonics and hazards/climate/development Geographical issues
  • UK’s evolving landscape People and environment issues
  • biosphere/forestry/resources

The examination is made up of 3 terminal exams. 25% of Papers 1 and 2 are based on residential fieldwork.

Year 11 History AQA SHP

In GCSE History, students have the opportunity to investigate a study in depth and a study through time. We follow the AQA SHP course which has 2 terminal exams and 25% controlled assessment. Students have 3 areas of study

  • Medicine Through Time
  • Nazi Germany
  • A Local History Study

Year 10 History GCSE AQA B

In GCSE History students have the opportunity to investigate studies in depth and a study through time. Students have 4 areas of study

  • Britain
  • Health and People
  • Elizabethan England
  • Germany 1890-1945 Conflict and Tension 1918-1939

The examination is made up of 2 terminal exams.

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In the sixth form, the faculty offers A level qualifications in Geography, History, Psychology and Sociology.

Year 13 Geography A Level (Edexcel)

In Geography, students will consider the values and attitudes of decision makers, consider their own values and attitudes to the issues being studied and support their learning of ideas through the study of specific case studies. Students will also develop a variety of geographical skills through residential fieldwork. Students will study:

  • Global Challenges
  • Geographical Investigations
  • Contested Plane
  • Geographical Research on Health

Students follow the Edexcel course which has 4 terminal exams.

Year 12 Geography A Level (Edexcel)

In Geography, students will consider the values and attitudes of decision makers, consider their own values and attitudes to the issues being studied and support their learning of ideas through the study of specific case studies. Students will also develop a variety of geographical skills through residential fieldwork. Students will study:

  • Dynamic landscapes: tectonics and coasts
  • Dynamic places: globalisation, regenerating places
  • Physical systems: water cycle, carbon cycle, climate
  • Human systems: super powers, global development

Students will do 3 terminal exams and a piece of coursework.

 

 

Year 12 & 13 Psychology A Level (OCR)

Psychology A Level (OCR) A Level Psychology is concerned with the scientific study of the human mind and behaviour – how we think, feel, act and interact individually and in groups. Students will study topics such as:

  • Methods of psychological research
  • Core psychological studies
  • Mental illness
  • Criminal psychology
  • Sports and exercise psychology

Students follow the OCR specification which has 4 terminal exams.

Year 13 History A Level (AQA)

In History, students develop their understanding of the impact of History on individuals and society. Students will study:

  • The Tudors 1485-1603
  • The American dream 1945-1980
  • Historical investigation – based on a topic of a student’s choice

Students will do 2 terminal exams and an historical investigation.

Year 12 History A Level (AQA)

In History, students develop their understanding of the impact of History on individuals and society. Students will study:

  • Religious conflict and the church in England 1529-1570
  • Tsarist and communist Russia 1855-1964
  • Historical investigation – based on a topic of a student’s choice.

Students will do 2 terminal exams and an historical investigation.

Year 12 & 13 Sociology A Level (AQA)

In Sociology students gain a deeper understanding of the world around them and reflect on social issues. Students will study:

  • The Family and Households
  • Education with theories and methods
  • Crime and Deviance with theories and methods
  • Beliefs in society

Students will do 3 terminal exams.

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Extra-Curricular Activities

There is an extensive programme of activities to support learning outside of the classroom. These include local history and geography visits to Hitchin and Letchworth and trips to Norwich. We visit the First World War battlefield sites in Ypres. We offer residential trips to Poland, Berlin and Prague. This is an area of learning that we find very exciting.

FAQ

How will my child be taught in KS3?
At KS3 students are taught each topic over a 4 week period. For example, over a 12 week period they would study History, Geography and then RE. At the end of 12 weeks the cycle is repeated.

How will I know how my child is progressing?
At the end of every 4 week period of study in KS3 students will produce a formally assessed piece of work. A record of their attainment is kept in the front of their exercise books. There is a similar pattern for students in KS4-5.
Will my child get homework
All students in KS3-5 regularly get self- study in the Humanities subjects. This is issued at least once a week to every class.
How are more able students stretched and challenged?
The faculty has been praised for the quality of extended writing that we expect from our more able students. Students are expected to develop high level independent learning skills and we promote activities that extend higher level thinking skills such as analysis and evaluation. Outside of the classroom, we encourage students to increase their awareness of current affairs as these events have such a direct link to our studies.

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