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Secondary

Humanities

During Key Stage 3 students undertake an integrated Humanities curriculum which includes related units on geography, history and philosophy and ethics (including religious studies), we believe this provides a coherent learning experience for students. They study an integrated curriculum which focuses very much on them being engaged in a number of active learning scenarios, in which they investigate the relevance and importance of Humanities on their own lives.  Students are encouraged to look at the world around them and analyse how and why the world is the way it is, and understand their own role and choices within it. Humanities is also a critical component of the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of our students, and the subject allows students to nurture personal relationships, value different opinions, investigate controversial issues, and most importantly of all, respect and tolerate difference. It is our intent for the Humanities curriculum to engage, inspire, challenge and encourage pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to answer challenging questions. We endeavour towards a Humanities curriculum that creates opportunities to develop knowledge and understanding of the diverse way that people behave in the world for our students. Learning is embedded through the development of knowledge and skills over time. The curriculum breadth supports students’ knowledge and understanding from geographical, historical and ethical/religious studies, and is linked to the National Curriculum programmes of study and to the Shropshire Religious Studies agreed syllabus. We are committed to equipping students with an array of critical skills and an analytical frame of mind. Our curriculum will embed opportunities to engage with the work of the geographer, historian and philosopher and develop students as well rounded citizens of the world. Through all of this, we aim to cultivate an interest of our family of subjects that propels students towards a future interest in the Humanities, even if this does not necessarily mean taking the subjects at GCSE.

The overarching concepts for Humanities at TMBSS are:

Personal growth – developing compassion and empathy.
Stewardship – caring for all.
Respect – showing tolerance of others beliefs, opinions and cultures.
Asking Big Questions – communicating effectively and listening to others.
Morality – understanding right from wrong, accepting rules and boundaries.
Courageous Advocacy – challenging injustice by standing up for the rights of others and values and to develop positive attitudes of respect towards other people.
Enrichment - enhancing their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development
British Values

Key Stage 4 – Religious Studies

Students that are referred to TMBSS in Key Stage 4 will have the opportunity to continue to study for GCSE history and geography, if this is deemed an appropriate component of their individual programme; all students will have the option to study religious studies.

Full Course- 100% exam
Examining body AQA

Content and assessment

Study of Religions- 4 units (50% of final mark)
  • Christianity Beliefs and Teachings.
  • Christianity Practices.
  • Buddhism Beliefs and Teachings.
  • Buddhism Practices.
Thematic Studies- 4 units (50% of final mark)
  • Existence of God and Revelation.
  • Religion and Life.
  • Relationships and Family.
  • Peace and Conflict.

Units to be followed in an order to the discretion of the teacher.

Policies

Geography Policy

History Policy

RS Policy