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Riverside Humanities Curriculum
2016/2017

A printable PDF version of this curriculum can be found here



Humanities at the Riverside Centre

Welcome to the Humanities department at the Riverside Centre through our Website. History, Religious Studies and Geography are taught as discrete subjects at the Riverside centre with PHSE being incorporated in all three subjects with the majority of the content being covered in Religious Studies.


History

At KS3 students have the opportunity to study a selection of the following units:

  • What is History
  • Historical skills and History Mystery
  • A Local Project
  • Elizabeth
  • Medieval England
  • Slavery and the British Empire
  • Industrial Revolution
  • World War I
  • The interwar period
  • World War II
  • Civil Rights
  • The Holocaust
  • JFK
  • USA 1900 – 1939
  • USA 1945 - 1975

At KS3 students experience a variety of teaching methods including investigation and collaborative tasks. Students develop an understanding of the History of Swindon, Wiltshire and England and investigate the cause and consequence of different Historical events.

Students are assessed 6 times a year and are given personal targets based on these assessments.


At KS4 students have the opportunity to study at GCSE level and focus on the following areas over two years:

  • 1A America, 1840 – 1895: Expansion and consolidation
  • 1B Germany, 1890 – 1945: Democracy and dictatorship
  • 1C Russia, 1894 – 1945: Tsardom and communism
  • 1D America, 1920 – 1973: Opportunity and inequality
  • Conflict and tension 1894 – 1918
  • Conflict and tension 1918 – 1939
  • Conflict and tension between East and West 1945 – 1972
  • Conflict and tension in Asia 1950 – 1975
  • Conflict and tension 1990 – 2009
  • 2A Britain: Health and the people: c1000 to the present day
  • 2B Britain: Power and the people: c1170 to the present day
  • 2C Britain: Migration, empires and the people: c790 to the present day
  • Norman England, c1066 – c1100
  • Medieval England: the region of Edward 1st 1272 – 1307
  • Elizabethan England, c1568 – 1603
  • Restoration England, 1660 – 1685

At KS4 the History GCSE is 100% examination and students complete lessons using a variety of teaching and learning strategies including the use of past papers, source booklets and mark schemes.

Student / stakeholder comments in regards to learning History at the Riverside Centre:

  • ‘I love learning about our past, it shows how much we have developed and improved’ Lenni 2017
  • ‘I enjoy history because it helps us learn about our pasts, backgrounds, where we come from and who we are’ Chalrlie 2017
  • ‘History shows us how we have evolved and how we have changed into something incredible’ Megan 2017
  • ‘History helps me to understand the place where I live and the experiences of my ancestors’ Liss 2017
  • ‘My experience of History is heling the students learn about the past and developing their knowledge’ Rachel Jobbins Specialist Teaching Assistant 2017
  • ‘In History students learn about the past and how it may influence the future’ Ben Clare Humanities teacher 2017


Religious Studies

At KS3 students have the opportunity to study:

  • Expression of worship
  • Hinduism
  • Is it a wonderful world

During the above units a number of areas of PHSE are incorporated including appreciation of other cultures / religions, tolerance, stewardship and sustainability. As in History students complete pupil progress assessments and are set targets based on these pieces of work.

At KS4 students again have the opportunity to complete RS at GCSE level where they focus on the following areas over two years:

  • Christianity
  • Key beliefs
  • Jesus Christ and salvation
  • Islam
  • Key beliefs
  • Authority
  • Judaism
  • Key beliefs
  • The Covenant and the mitzvot
  • Relationships and families
  • Sex, marriage and divorce
  • Families and gender equality
  • Religion, peace and conflict
  • Religion, violence, terrorism and war
  • Religion and belief in 21st century conflict

At KS4 the Religious Studies GCSE is 100% examination and students prepare for this in varied lessons using different teaching strategies developing different examination techniques including the use of past papers.

Student / stakeholder comments in regards to learning Religious Studies at the Riverside Centre:

  • ‘Religion helps to respect and understand each other’s views and opinions’ Charlene 2017
  • ‘Religion teaches us to be less ignorant’ Brandon 2017
  • ‘Religious studies is the best way for you to share your views and as long as you can justify them, you will be listened to’ Lucy 2017
  • ‘Religious Studies helps you learn about other people around the world’ Harvey 2017
  • ‘Religious Studies develops students understanding and appreciation of different cultural and religious groups around the world’ Ben Clare Humanities teacher 2017


Geography

At KS3 students have the opportunity to study:

  • Map skills
  • Rivers and Coasts
  • Urbanisation
  • Glaciation and climate change

Students cover a mixture of physical and human geography units, focusing on case – studies at a local, regional, national and global scale. Students complete a variety of lessons using different learning styles including research tasks, collaborative learning and extended writing.

As in other humanities subject’s students are assessed six times a year and are set targets based on classwork and these assessed pieces of work.

Student / stakeholder comments in regards to learning Geography at the Riverside Centre:

  • ‘Geography helps me to learn about the world around me’ Charlie 2017
  • ‘Geography is relevant to everybody’ Callum 2017
  • ‘I enjoy learning about physical and human factors in different countries’ Harvey 2017
  • ‘Geography makes me think about the world which is out there’ Brandon 2017
  • ‘Geography enables us all to learn more about the diversity of the world which we live in’. Ben Clare Humanities teacher 2017