Welcome to Humanities
Humanities is a valuable and engaging subject that all students can relate to, offering a variety of practical skills that support both literacy and numeracy across the curriculum as well as highlighting and explaining our lives in Britain today and teaching us more about our own roles as citizens and the values we share.
At Queensway South, Humanities combines History, Geography, RE and Citizenship using as many local examples as possible to enable students to develop their knowledge about current issues of immigration, land-use, religion and human rights. All topics incorporate a range of Humanities skills, such as chronology, map skills, global links, continuity and change, and empathy.
Year 7 study the lives and impact of the Romans, from the formation of the Roman Empire, including towns, religion and entertainment; the destruction of Pompeii; the persecution of Christians and the invasion of Britannia as well as Boudicca’s revolt. The arrival of the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings takes us to the establishment of the English monarchy from 1066, from which we look at the changing structures of power and control through the Feudal System, the Black Death and the lives of the Tudors.
Year 8 students continue to follow the changing political landscape as we assess creation of the UK through the actions and consequences of the English Civil War and the origin of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Students then study the Industrial Revolution, including the development, justification and abolition of Slavery as well as the plight of the undeserving poor, factory conditions and the development of Trade Unions.
Year 9 students follow the events of the Twentieth Century, looking at the causes, events and consequences of World War One, World War Two and the Cold War, highlighting how interconnected these global events were. Through the medium of film and other source materials, students are expected to weigh up different perspectives and reach conclusions about the limitations and usefulness of evidence.