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Humanities

Our faculty includes subjects that are closely linked and for which there are many cross-curricular links. Many students at Key Stage 4 study two or even three Humanities subjects.

Subjects include:

  • History
  • Geography
  • French
  • Religious Studies 
  • Citizenship

History

HISTORY CURRICULUM STATEMENT

A high-quality history education should inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past. It will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world.

A history education will equip pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments and develop perspective and judgement.

History helps pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time.

Curriculum Intent

Our curriculum aims to enable all young people to become:

  1. Successful learners who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve
  2. Confident individuals who lead safe and healthy lives
  3. Responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society

Powerful Knowledge in History

  • Develop and extend their knowledge and understanding of specified key events, periods and societies in local, British, and wider world history, and of the wide diversity of human experience.
  • Engage in historical enquiry to develop as independent learners and as critical and reflective thinkers.
  • Develop the ability to ask relevant questions about the past, to investigate issues critically and to make valid historical claims by using a range of sources in their historical context.

Curriculum Features

Through the study of History students are encouraged to consider how their History shapes the world that we live in today. This will develop them in these key skills:

  • Cause & Consequence: Events do not happen in silos. How does one event affect another, what are the connections?
  • Chronology: When did things happen? How does one society in a different century, shape our society?
  • Inference/Interpretation/Usefulness: What does the evidence of the past show us? How do we interpret it? Can we use it?

Curriculum enrichment

  • Trips to Historical sites linked to their curriculum
  • External Speakers
  • External resources from English Heritage and others

History Curriculum Map

GCSE History Specification

Geography

GEOGRAPHY CURRICULUM STATEMENT

The study of Geography at Spires Academy has been designed to pass on accumulated knowledge, culture and wisdom of previous generations to the next.  It will equip pupils with knowledge of diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes and how these interconnect.

Geographical knowledge, understanding and skills provide the framework and approaches that explain how the Earth’s features at different scales are shaped, interconnected and change over time.

Curriculum Intent

Our curriculum aims to enable all young people to become:

  1. Successful learners who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve
  2. Confident individuals who lead safe and healthy lives
  3. Responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society

Powerful Knowledge in Geography

  • At Spires, the Geography curriculum intends to enable our young people to develop a critical understanding of the world and how we interact with that world. 
  • We endeavour to equip our young people with the ability to analyse the changing world and how they interact with their environments. 
  • We want to broaden their world by providing access to cultures and cultural understandings from around the world.

Curriculum Features

Through the study of Geography students are encouraged to consider how the world and its many interconnections shape our environments; this will be done through 4 key principles:

  • Geographical skills: select adapt and use a variety of skills and techniques to support interpretation and analysis of information
  • Human and Physical interactions: to allow interpretation and evaluation
  • Scale: local, national, global
  • Interpretation and analysis of Space and Place

Curriculum Enrichment

  • Fieldwork in contrasting locations
  • RGS Young Geographer of the Year Competition
  • RGS Ambassador visits

Geography Curriculum Map

GCSE Geography Specification

French

FRENCH CURRICULUM STATEMENT

At Spires Academy learning a foreign language offers our students the opportunity to communicate with their European neighbours and discover a new culture which for many remains a mystery, despite our proximity to France. In a globalised world, linguistic skills are crucial for employment and proficiency in a foreign language enhances career opportunities.

Curriculum Intent

Our curriculum aims to enable all young people to become:

  1. Successful learners who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve
  2. Confident individuals who lead safe and healthy lives
  3. Responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society

Powerful knowledge in French

  • Through our grammar-focussed curriculum we aim to enable pupils to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in spontaneous speech and in writing.
  • Grammar skills are taught explicitly through every unit of work and regularly revisited; the emphasis is on equipping students with the linguistic skills to unpick and decode unfamiliar language.
  • Through the GCSE course students learn to communicate for practical purposes, learn new ways of thinking and read extracts of great literature in the original language.
  • The French curriculum map is designed to ensure that all four skills (Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening) are covered in every unit and opportunities to revisit key skills, in different ways, are built into students’ learning journeys. 

Curriculum Features:

  • Understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources
  • speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions, and continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation
  • can write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt
  • discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied.

Curriculum enrichment

  • Trips abroad to practice language skills
  • Online authentic audio
  • French literacy resources

 

French Curriculum Map

GCSE French Specification

Religious Studies

RELIGIOUS STUDIES CURRICULUM STATEMENT

The study of Religious Education at Spires Academy contributes dynamically to children and by provoking challenging questions about meaning and purpose in life, beliefs about God, ultimate reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human.

Pupils should gain and deploy the skills needed to understand, interpret and evaluate texts, sources of wisdom and authority and other evidence. They should learn to articulate clearly and coherently their personal beliefs, ideas, values and experiences whilst respecting the right of others to differ.

Curriculum intent

Through the study of RE we intend for our students to develop and acquire the following outcomes:

  1. The principal aim of RE is to engage pupils in systematic enquiry
  2. They can develop the understanding and skills needed to appreciate and appraise varied responses to these questions
  3. Develop responses of their own.

Powerful knowledge in RE

  • At Spires, the curriculum intends for our students to draw on a wide range of subject specific language confidently.
  • Students learn to use the concepts of religious study to describe the nature of religion.
  • They should understand how beliefs influence the values and lives of individuals and groups, and how religions and worldviews have an impact on wider current affairs.

Curriculum features

Through the study of RE we intend for our students to develop and acquire the following outcomes:

  • Know about and understand a range of religions and worldviews
  • Express ideas and insights about the nature, significance and impact of religions and worldviews
  • Gain and deploy the skills needed to engage seriously with religions and worldviews.

Curriculum enrichment

  • Outside speakers
  • Local church visits

 Ethics Curriculum Map

Citizenship

CITIZENSHIP CURRICULUM STATEMENT

At Spires Academy, the GCSE Citizenship course enables students to deepen their knowledge of democracy and government, the law, rights and responsibilities and how we live together in society. The course prepares students to think critically, evaluate evidence, debate ideas, make persuasive arguments and justify their conclusions.

Curriculum Intent

a). The course will motivate and educate learners to become thoughtful and active citizens who engage intelligently and enthusiastically with public life.

b) Students will gain knowledge of democracy, government and law, and develop the ability to create sustained, well-balanced arguments.

c) Students will enhance their communication skills that are increasingly sought after by employers.

Powerful Knowledge in Citizenship

The overarching theme of the course is ‘How citizens can try to make a difference’.

At Spires, the Citizenship pathway will empower students to acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills to take responsible citizenship actions.

Play a positive role in public and democratic life as informed and active citizens, and provide them with the basis for further learning and study. 

Curriculum Features

The first theme, Life in modern Britain, looks at the make-up and dynamics of contemporary society, what it means to be British, as well as the role of the media and the UK’s role on the world stage.

The second theme, Rights and Responsibilities, looks at the nature of laws, rights and responsibilities within the UK and has a global aspect due to the nature of international laws, treaties and agreements by which the UK abides.

The third theme, Politics and Participation, aims to give the student, through an understanding of the political process, the knowledge and skills necessary to understand how to resolve issues, bring about change, and how the empowered citizen is at the heart of our society.

Curriculum Enrichment

  • Outside specialist speakers
  • Trips to local magistrates/parliament
  • Pupils will carry out an independent advocacy project
  • Pupils will be encouraged to seek opportunities to actively participate at Spires Academy and in their local community

Citizenship Curriculum Map

GCSE Citizenship Specification