‘Humanities’ at our school is made up of history and geography lessons in years 7 to 13.  The aim of the different units is to provide pupils with the knowledge and skills that will enable them to develop an understanding of the world around them and to make a positive contribution to the society that they live in.

We understand that pupils of all abilities best understand topics when they are related to their own lives or current awareness of the world.  Consequently we try to use their learning to answer questions they might have already had or have witnessed in the conversations of adults and the media.  In year 8 we use a study of the British Empire, the Blitz and the Holocaust to answer the question ‘What makes people leave their homes and live somewhere else?’ Other issues that we address include climate change, the importance of renewable energy and the debate over HS2.

We also make pupils aware of how their studies in humanities directly impacts on improving their literacy, numeracy and other work-related skills.  This continual reinforcement of the relevance of the subject to their lives can help motivate pupils and increase their chances of success both in and outside of the classroom.

A multi-sensory education is key to our pupils’ success.  This principle is core to our planning and a key reason why regular educational trips are arranged.  Visits to curriculum relevant sites help our pupils to engage with, and internalise, the knowledge and skills their studies can impart. Current outings include Windsor Castle in year 7, Didcot Railway Museum in year 8 and the National Army Museum in year 9.

From year 9 onwards most pupils will study topics that form part of WJEC’s Entry Level Pathways qualification in Humanities.  The pupils’ work in class, both written and oral, is continually assessed and used as evidence to prove their attainment.  Formal exams are not a feature of the course.

Below is an outline of the courses and fieldwork that we offer.  Please note that this is subject to change as we regularly review our curriculum to ensure that it is providing the best levels of accessibility and challenge for our current students.





  •   India – how is it similar and different to Britain?


  •   How did   medieval monarchs get power and stay in charge? 1066-1215



  •   What is old   Amersham? Why is it here?  How has it changed?   (combined geography and history unit)


  •   Why are there   floods in Britain   and how could they be stopped?


  •   Industrial   Revolution – Why are there two Amershams?
  •   ‘What makes   people leave their homes and live somewhere else?’ – a study of aspects of   the British Empire, the Blitz and the   Holocaust.

WJEC Entry Level Pathways Course


  •   Tectonic Events   – volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunamis
  •   Crime and   Punishment in Britain from   Medieval to Modern Times
  •   World War I


  •   Renewable   Energy – the pros and cons of fossil fuels and renewable energy sources
  •   Sustainable   Communities – HS2 and its impact on the Chiltern Area
  •   Persecution of   Peoples in the Twentieth Century – the Jewish Holocaust


  •   Child Poverty   and Exploitation
  •   People and   Protest – Martin Luther King.
















The Nurture Groups

For those pupils whose needs prevent them from accessing the above topics, a different course is provided.  Entitled ‘Foreign Cultures’ it forms part of their ‘Explorer (Moving On)’ Equals qualification.  It too fosters an awareness and understanding of the world that the pupils live in, examining countries such as Holland, India and China.  Whilst its design caters for a lower literacy level, it is also based on the principle of developing a course that is linked to pupils’ current knowledge and need for a multi-sensory experience.  As a result for the different countries studied we look at foods, festivals, the natural world and stories.


Curriculum Overview Hums.Summer.2015.16

Hums Curriculum Overview Autumn 2015.16