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Humanities

Curriculum Area Leader: Mrs J Thomas

Humanities is the study of History, Geography and Religious Education. All students at Coppice Performing Arts School study Humanities during Years 7 - 9. Sets are mixed ability.

Learning Environment & Resources

The Humanities Department is situated within the Communications Zone and has five teaching rooms and an open plan teaching area. Within the Humanities teaching area are two laptop trollies with 60 laptop computers. In common with other areas of the school, all Humanities teaching rooms have interactive white boards.

Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9)

In Years 7, 8 and 9, Geography, History and RE are compulsory. Currently, 2 periods each week are allocated to Geography and History, with RE having a single period.

In Geography, themes covered include ecosystems, e.g. rainforests, world population growth, energy issues, travel and tourism and natural hazards. Alongside these there are skills based units which further develop key geographical skills.

In History, units of work are studied about British History, namely religious change, empire, migration, relationships within the UK and persecution. Other units include conflicts in the 20th and 21st Centuries, the impact of the World Wars and the Holocaust.

In RE, the Wolverhampton Agreed Syllabus is followed. This has at its heart the study of Christianity alongside the other main faiths found within the city. Units include Judaism, Traditional Worship, Religious Festivals, Rites of Passage and Pilgrimage.

Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11)

In Year 10, RE is taught in one lessons a week with a focus on philosophy and ethics.

History and Geography are both available as an option at Key Stage 4 with students studying their chosen subject for three lessons each week. Students choosing History follow the GCSE Edexcel course and will be taught units on Medicine and Public Health, Life in Germany 1919-1945, The Tudors and The American West. There is also a coursework element focussing on the Vietnam War.

In Year 11 Geography students follow the AQA (A) course. In Year 10 students follow the OCR (A) course. In both courses students have the opportunity to explore aspects of both physical and human Geography. Fieldwork is a necessary part of both courses.

Post 16 (Years 12 and 13)

At post-16, History is offered, following the OCR syllabus. In Year 12 students study Dictatorships in Germany up to 1963 and the early Tudors. In Year 13 they study Russia and its Rulers up to 1963 and complete coursework.