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Humanities lessons allow pupils to appreciate a world outside of their own experience, and understand everyday situations. Pupils are given the opportunity to learn about societies that have passed, and of the present. Pupils will learn to make comparisons to past eras and identify patterns of repeated history. They also learn about the world itself, how it has evolved over the thousands of years, how it continues to develop and how man has both created and, will inevitably, destroy our planet. Pupils learn to be sensitive to the beliefs and practices of other people, as well as consider their own morality and place in the community.

We actively promote British Values in our Humanities curriculum through the inclusion of themes such as: the history of democracy in Britain; the rise of the dictators in Europe pre WW2; universal suffrage; the abolition of slavery; the history of crime and punishment in Britain; field trips to the Police Museum (Year 10) where pupils can experience what a British police station and court looks and feels like inside, and promotion of tolerance and respect through learning, debate and challenging negative stereotypes.

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History objectives

  • To encourage curiosity and imagination.
  • To develop their own identities through an understanding of history at personal, local, national and international levels.
  • To guide them to ask and answer questions of the present by engaging with the past.
  • To learn about the history of their community, Britain, Europe and the world.
  • To develop a chronological overview that enables them to make connections within and across different periods and societies.
  • To know how Britain has relationships with the wider world, and relate past events to the present day.
  • To prepare pupils for the future, equipping them with knowledge and skills that are prized in adult life, enhancing employability and developing an ability to take part in a democratic society.
  • To encourage mutual understanding of the historic origins of our ethnic and cultural diversity, and helps pupils become confident and questioning individuals.


Geography objectives

  • To stimulate an interest in and a sense of wonder about places.
  • To understand where places are, how places and landscapes are formed.
  • To know how people and their environment interact.
  • To know how a diverse range of economies, societies and environments are interconnected.
  • To experience/investigate places at all scales, from the local to the global.
  • To develop geographical enquiry skills and encourage questioning, investigation and critical thinking about issues affecting the world and people’s lives, now and in the future.
  • To take part in fieldwork where pupils can learn to think spatially and use maps, visual images and new technologies where possible.


RE objectives

  • To provoke challenging questions about the meaning and purpose of life, and moral beliefs through looking in detail at the major religions of the world.
  • To encourage pupils to explore their own beliefs.
  • Build up resilience to anti-democratic and extremist points of view.
  • Develop respect for other people through understanding their beliefs and challenge prejudice.
  • Prompt pupils to consider their responsibilities to themselves and other members of society.
  • To encourage empathy, compassion and generosity.
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Eccles, Manchester M30 9DY
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