Humanities (Geography, History, Religious Studies)
Head of Department – Mr S Blay
Our aim is to:
- Excite imaginations
- Fire curiosity
- Discover new worlds
Year 7 Combined Humanities
The Island – discover ways of living, systems of government and environments whilst stranded on a remote island.
Brack to the Future – It is 2199 and you are travelling back in time to a Bracknell long forgotten. Explore the history, geography and local culture of this great town.
The British Empire – Was it good or bad? How far and wide did it stretch? What impact did Gandhi have on the Empire?
Passport to the World – Collect your passport and travel through six continents learning about the history, geography and culture of the places you visit.
Active Citizenship – Explore an issue on which you can make a difference. Be inspired by the women’s suffrage movement and develop your own plan to change things.
Good or Bad? – Was Bloody Mary really bloody? Are earthquakes always disastrous? We look at some examples of where people disagree and explore our own debatable issues.
Year 8 Religious Studies
Hinduism – Concepts of God, Dharma, Karma and Moksha
Christianity – Concepts of Authority, Sin, Fear and Atonement
Judaism – Concepts of Law, Guidance, Tradition, Passover
Buddhism – Concepts of Renunciation, Guidance, Dukkha, Discipline, Meditation
Year 8 History
Medieval Matters – From the Feudal System to the Black Death.
Superstitious Stuarts – Charles I, Cromwell, Great Fire of London and the Plague
Virtuous Victorians – Class, Factories, Law and Order, Achievements
World War 1 – Causes, Conditions in the trenches, Censorship and Propaganda, The Somme
Interwar years and Rise of Nazis – Instability and lurking dangers
WW2 and the Holocaust – Dunkirk, D-Day, Persecution of the Jews
Year 8 Geography
Restless Earth – Earthquakes, Volcanoes, Tsunamis
Flaming Earth – Climate Change, Natural and Human Impacts
Crowded Earth – Population, Urbanisation, Slums, Dharavi
Exploring Ecosystems – Biomes, Small Ecosystems, Food webs
Rivers – Water Cycle, Formation, The Journey, Case Studies
Map Skills – Direction, Distance, Scale, Contours
Students follow the AQA Geography GCSE specification.
Natural Hazards, Tectonic Hazards, Weather Hazards, Climate Change
Ecosystems, Tropical Rainforests
Urban issues and challenges – The Development Gap
Urban Change in the UK
Urban World (Rio)
Paper 3 Issue Evaluation (Geographical Applications)
Students follow the Edexcel exam board.
Medicine in Britain, c1250–present and the British sector of the Western Front 1914–18: injuries, treatment and the trenches
The American West, c1835-c1895
The Reigns of King Richard and King John, 1189-1216
Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918-39
2020-2021 Humanities Programme of Study
Extra Curricular Opportunities
Trips to: Battlefields in Belgium and France, Sorrento, Germany (Munich and Berlin), Poland (Auschwitz), Imperial War Museum & Florence Nightingale Museum in London, River Museum in Henley, Kew Gardens, Barton-on-sea, Lexicon shopping centre, Snowdonia, plus more
Mock Trial competition
Ancient History club
“Youth Speaks” group
Numerous different revision sessions run throughout the year