Plymstock School Humanities Department
Humanities consists of three separate subject – Geography, History and Religious Studies. We are an enthusiastic and hardworking team – and expect the same from our students! We combine our knowledge and love of our subjects to empower students to understand, respond to and shape the world they are growing up in and will one day inherit.
In Geography students develop their knowledge, skills and understanding of real places at a range of scales, some close to home and others more remote. We also study closely many of the physical and human processes that shape our planet and societies. Skills development is key, for example students will encounter maps, data recording instruments and ICT applications, including GIS. We are currently enjoying rewriting our KS3 curriculum and hope it will be even more interesting and engaging for our new generation of students, especially as we plan to experience more of the subject through fieldwork!
At KS3 History is a skills driven subject working both thematically and chronologically through British, European and World History. Students will be introduced to the key skills to be developed in the first half-term of Year 7 and then have these developed as progress is made through studies of: Medieval Realms, Religion and Power, Industry and Imperialism, The Twentieth Century and Aspects of the Modern World – bringing their historical knowledge as close to the present day as is possible. Historical skills as well as Literacy, ICT, Assessment for Learning, and Citizenship will also all be addressed in this subject and encouraged as transferable skills to other subjects, the working world and everyday life.
We aim for our subject to be relevant, fun, innovative, challenging, reflective and focused.
The Learning Journey for our students from year 7 onwards will follow the themes of Religion, Relationships and Spirituality all of which will be built upon the discipline of Philosophy and Ethics. The schemes of work have been developed specifically for the needs of our students, helping them to develop both their knowledge and understanding in these areas of study. The course also aims to provide opportunities within and beyond the school for learning that involves first hand experiences and activities involving people, places and events. There will be a key focus upon contemporary issues through the use of different media including that of film. Throughout this journey, students will analyse and interpret a wide range of religious philosophical and ethical concepts in increasing depth. They will investigate issues of diversity within and between religions and the ways in which religion and spirituality are expressed in philosophy, ethics and the arts. They will expand and balance their evaluations on the impact of religions on the individual, communities and societies, locally, nationally and globally.
Special note needs to be made that the department will adapt the areas of study at any time to reflect what is happening in the world. This could be looking at changes in the law with regards to medical research or issues raised by the right to die or issues of human rights or the advent of War for instance. This department is dynamic it reflects the interests of our students and has the ability to be part of a dialogue with often controversial issues as they arise.