Humanities

The Humanities Department at Sirius Academy North comprises three disciplines taught across both Key stage 3 and Key stage 4 - History, Geography and Religious Education.

Key stage 3 History aims to deliver the requirements of the History National Curriculum with an emphasis on enquiry and the need to cater for a broad range of abilities. The course promotes chronological understanding and encourages students to identify and explain change and continuity within and across periods of History especially with the use of original source material. Units of study are rationalised into three key defining themes - Ruling, Living and working and Moving and Travelling and these units are then applied to key chronological periods - The Norman Conquest, Tudor and Elizabethan England, the Agricultural and Industrial Revolution and the Rise of the British Empire.

Key stage 4 consolidates earlier learning and has dual aims - to ensure examination success and to contribute to students’ broader education. Units of study are based around The Schools History Project (SHP) Medicine and Health Through Time and The American West c1840-1895. Three key specification themes are taught in detail for both units - Disease and Infection, Surgery and Anatomy and Public Health for medicine and Inhabitants and early settlers, The Development of the Plains and Conflict on the Plains for the American West. History has been the most popular Key stage 4 choice for several years.

Geography at Key stage 3 also aims to deliver the requirements of the Geography National Curriculum with an emphasis on enquiry and the need to cater for a broad range of abilities. The course promotes the understanding of both physical and human Geography and encourages students to investigate different elements of their world. Topics include making connections, the Restless Earth, Investigating Brazil, Understanding eco systems.

Key stage 4 consolidates earlier learning and has dual aims - to ensure examination success and to contribute to students’ broader education. There is the opportunity for local fieldwork with topics again based around both human and physical Geography including changes in population, studies in rural and urban areas, changes in weather and climate and globalisation.

Key stage 3 Religious Education aims to deliver the requirements of the RE National Curriculum with an emphasis on creating students with an open mind to world religions and the need to cater for a broad range of abilities. The course promotes the disciplines of different beliefs and cultures and allows students to analyse and compare their own beliefs and viewpoints. Units of study cover the social, moral, spiritual and cultural practices in the top world religions.

Key stage 4 consolidates earlier learning and has dual aims - to ensure examination success for the Philosophy and Applied Ethics (OCR) programme and to contribute to students’ broader education. The exam units of study vary from Deity, End of life, Good and Evil and Science, to Relationships, Poverty and Wealth, Peace and Justice and Equality.

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