Key Stage 3
Humanities at Isaac Newton Academy aims to provide a stimulating and rewarding experience for all students and helps them to become thoughtful and independent learners. Through the study of Humanities, students have the opportunity to think creatively and critically, to reason, and to ask questions. Students learn about the values of different places and cultures through time, helping them to understand the world we live in and giving them tools to imagine the future.
Students in Years 7 and 8 currently have 4 hours of Humanities a week in which they study Geography, History and Religious Education on a rotation. The department follows the requirements of the National Curriculum in History and Geography and is guided by the Redbridge Locally Agreed Syllabus in Religious Education. Each of the three subjects are assessed and reported on separately giving students a secure understanding of how to progress in each. The average class size is between 20 and 26, and students are usually loosely grouped by prior attainment.
In Key Stage 3, the programme of study incorporates a variety of places, themes, time periods, religions and issues and is planned for progression of skills, knowledge and understanding.
The Year 7 Humanities curriculum starts with a bridging unit called ‘Our Place’ which covers elements of all 3 Humanities subjects and focuses on the local area, how it has changed and is changing and cultural and religious identity. For Religious Education, students study philosophy and religion and Buddhism. For History, students study the Roman period and Medieval times. For Geography, they study units on volcanoes and the geography of Britain and Europe.
In Year 8, the curriculum is designed to build on the knowledge and skills gained in Year 7. For Religious Education, students study religion and conflict and Hinduism. For History, students study power and the monarchy and the British Empire. For Geography, students study dangerous places and Africa and Asia.
In Year 9, students are taught the 3 subjects separately by specialist teachers. They receive 2 hours of History, 2 hours of Geography and 1 hour of Religious Education per week. The curriculum is designed to build on previous learning with a particular focus on preparing the students for GCSE and the skills required. For Geography, students study extreme environments, contrasting Brazil, global tourism, India and globalisation and coasts. For History, students study World War I, World War II, the collapse of the Empire and growth of the Commonwealth, and civil rights. For Religious Education, students study ethics, Judaism, women in religion, creation and minor world religions.
Enquiry and the spirit of investigation are at the heart of humanities and the department is committed to field work which includes a visit to Rochester for Year 7, and a visit to the WWI battlefields in Belgium in Year 9. We also run an enrichment club which involves students regularly visiting places of cultural and historical interest in London.
Key Stage 4 Geography
Key Stage 4 History
Key Stage 4 Religious Studies