Humanities subjects enable pupils to learn how to think creatively and critically, to reason, and to ask questions. Through Humanities pupils learn about the values of different cultures, different places and about how history is made. It preserves the great accomplishments of the past, helps us to understand the world we live in today, and gives us tools to imagine the future.
At Key Stage 3, pupils have six Humanities lessons a fortnight in which they study Geography, History and Religious Education.
History Key Stage 3:
The History department seeks to provide a high quality education for all students, thereby promoting inclusion and equal opportunity. In order to provide that education the department believes it needs:
The curriculum is aimed to give students an experience which encourages the development of skills, investigation and enquiry whilst securing a chronological understanding of History as well as developing enjoyment and passion for future study.
At GCSE students follow the Edexcel modular SHP course. There are four units each worth 25% consisting of three examinations and the Controlled Assessment unit. Students write their Controlled Assessment towards the end of Year 11
In both Year 10 and 11 students are taught over 5 periods a fortnight.
The development study looks at changes in medicine through time; the source enquiry focuses on the history of surgery; the depth study analyses the history of Germany 1918-45 and the Controlled Assessment concentrates on changes in British society 1955-75.
Below are the codes for the GCSE course studied at Walthamstow School for Girls
Edexcel GCSE in History B (Schools History Project) (2HB01)
Unit 1 Schools History Project Development Study - Option 1A - Medicine and treatment - Unit Code - 5HB01 - Option 1A
Unit 2 Schools History Project Depth Study - Option 2C - Life in Germany c1919-c45 - Unit Code - 5HB02 - Option 2C
Unit 3 Schools History Project Source Enquiry - Option 3A - The transformation of surgery c1845-c1851 - Unit Code - 5HB03 - Option 3A
Unit 4 Representations of History – British Society 1955-75 - Unit Code - 5HB04 - Option CA11
Religious Education Key Stage 3:
At Key Stage 3 students follow the statutory Waltham Forest Locally Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education. In Year 7, pupils begin with a bridging unit focusing on Rights and Responsibilities. Pupils reflect on the rights and responsibilities that they have in their own communities and move on to explore the rights, rules and responsibilities within the six major world religions. The second unit in Year 7 investigates how religious and non-religious people make ethical decisions. Finally, students explore Interfaith Engagement.
In Year 8 students explore a number of sacred texts from different world religions and understand how these are followed by religious believers. They also study a unit on Religion and Worship. Year 9 pupils are provided with a concise, yet comprehensive study of the Hindu religion and are offered the opportunity to visit the Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Neasden. Finally, they will investigate examples of prejudice and discrimination with particular emphasis on the Holocaust. By the end of Key Stage 3 pupils will have gained an understanding of the six major world religions.
Religious Studies Key Stage 4:
The Religious Studies course is part of the core curriculum for Year 10 and Year 11 pupils and during this time all pupils follow the Edexcel Religion and Life Short Course qualification (worth half a GCSE).
Lessons encourage lively debates on issues relevant to the human condition and enable pupils to develop
The topics covered include:
Believing in God:
Matters of life and death:
Marriage and the Family:
Religion and Community Cohesion:
The course is assessed through a 1 ½ hour exam at the end of Year 11.
Full Course Opportunity:
The Faculty has recently introduced the opportunity for some of our pupils to sit an additional paper in order to be accredited with a Full Course Religious Studies GCSE.
Travel and Tourism Key Stage 4:
The Humanities Faculty also offers the opportunity for pupils to take a BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate in Travel and Tourism. This is a vocational course that gives pupils an insight into what it would be like to work in the Travel and Tourism industry. Students study 3 core units and 3 optional units:
2 core units:
1. The UK Travel and Tourism Sector – Externally asessed
2. UK Travel and Tourism Destinations
2 optional units:
1. Factors Affecting Worldwide Travel and Tourism
2. The Travel and Tourism Customer Experience
The work is assessed through four portfolios of assignments and all pupils can achieve a pass, merit or distinction which is equivalents to 1 GCSE grade A* - C.
Health and Social Care Key Stage 4:
The Humanities Faculty offers pupils the opportunity to take a BTEC First Award in Health and Social Care. This is a vocational course that allows students to gain an insight into the Health and Social Care working environment. This qualification provides learners with a taste of what the health and social care sector is like, enabling them to make informed choices about their future education or career path.
Students will study 4 units over the course of the two years:
Unit 1 - Health and Social Care Values – Year 10 (Internally assessed)
Unit 2 – The Impact of Nutrition on Health and Wellbeing – Year 10 (Internally assessed)
Unit 3 – Human Lifespan Development – Year 11 (Externally assessed – Exam)
Unit 4 – Equality and Diversity in Health and Social Care – Year 11 (Internally assessed)
3 units will be internally assessed via assignments and 1 unit will be externally assessed via an exam. All pupils can achieve a pass, merit or distinction which is equivalents to 2 GCSE grades A* - C.
Geography Key Stage 3
The department seeks to provide a high quality education for all students, thereby promoting inclusion and equal opportunity. In order to provide that education the department believes it needs:
The department aims to provide a stimulating and rewarding geographical experience for all students and help them to become thoughtful geographers and independent learners. The curriculum reflects the National Curriculum 2014 and is aimed to give students an experience which encourages the development of skills, investigation and enquiry whilst securing a range of geographical knowledge as well as developing enjoyment and passion for future study. The programme of study in each year at KS3 incorporates a variety of places, scales and issues and is planned for progression of skills, knowledge and understanding. The KS3 has also been planned as a solid foundation for KS4.
Geography Key Stage 4
Geography is about the present and the future, the world in which we live is likely to change more in the next 50 years than it has ever done before. Geography explains why, and helps to prepare you for those changes. The transferable skills which Geography fosters are an asset in the complex world of employment today.
Geography tackles the big issues:
Cultural understanding Commerce, trade and industry
Environmental responsibility Our global interdependence
This course is suitable for you if you...
Want to learn about and understand the world you live in
Are concerned about world-wide issues such as famine, pollution and poverty
Like to complete practical work away from the classroom
Enjoy learning through investigating issues and place
What you will study:
You will follow the AQA Geography B course which is designed to energise and interest you by giving you an insight into future challenges through the study of current issues. You will also write two controlled assessments.
Unit 1: Managing Places in the 21st Century
This unit focuses on the fact the world is becoming increasingly urban. It will look at the opportunities and threats that this can cause in rich and poor countries and how urban areas can be managed for the future. This unit also focuses on the coastal environment and the changing way in which people interact with it.
Unit 2: Hostile world and investigating the shrinking world
Many people now live in hostile areas of the world that suffer from tropical storms, wildfires, volcanoes, tsunamis and earthquakes. This unit focuses on understanding these hazards and how we can prepare and respond to them. Globalisation has led to changes in the development gap between rich and poor countries. This unit also gives students the opportunity to investigate a range of places and to consider how globalisation impacts specific localities and groups of people.
Unit 3 Task 1: Local investigation including field work
This involves the collection of relevant primary data which is analysed, evaluated and written up during lessons.
Unit 3 Task 2: Geographical issue investigation
This task involves research in to a particular issue concerning the world in the 21st Century. This will be written up or prepared using a different format during lessons.
How will you be assessed?
Unit 1: Written paper – 1 hour 30 minutes – 37.5%
Unit 2: Written Paper – 1 hour 30 minutes – 37.5%
Unit 3: 2 x written controlled assessments – completed in class in year 10 & 11 - 25%
Fieldwork is a vital component of geography. Fieldwork encompasses all geographical work done outside the classroom and should not be an optional extra, it is integral to the curriculum at all Key Stages. Fieldwork is regular, purposeful and an integral part of study from Year 7 to 11, with attention given to preparation and follow-up work. Exact details will vary from year to year but below are examples of the kind of fieldtrips that are organised in a typical year.
School Grounds (Year 7)
Rochester (Year 7)
Southend-on-Sea (Year 8)
Local area (Year 9)
Olympic site (GCSE)
The department also looks out for other opportunities to take students to relevant exhibitions and seminars.
James Mace – Deputy Head of Faculty and Head of Geography ( 2nd i/c Humanities)
Gemma Bugden – Teacher of Humanities (Assistant Headteacher)
Dave Shackson - Teacher of Humanities (Assistant Headteacher)
Laura Fearon - Teacher of Humanities (Year 7 Progress Leader)
Angharad Eveleigh –Teacher of Humanities