Within Humanities, we encourage students to engage in the world around them, providing them with the knowledge and skills to understand complex information. They become well-informed, globally-minded critical thinkers who can judge for themselves the values, policies and people they will encounter.
In grades 7 and 8, students follow bespoke programmes in Religious Education, History and Geography covering content and skills to help analyse and interpret information and develop a fluent writing style. This helps establish clear evidence-based arguments within various issues and debates.
IGCSE in grades 9 and 10 allows them to continue their exploration of either History or Geography (or both), but they could also consider Economics. Furthermore, students joining us on the Grade 10 Foundation Course will study Global Perspectives on contemporary issues. The issues and themes explored within subjects allow students to benefit from the alternative ways similar issues are investigated and evaluated. In addition, Religious Education continues to be taught as a compulsory non-examination subject with a school-designed curriculum focussing on: Learning about Religions and Morality and Values.
IB students can select as many as two specialities from a full range of Humanities subjects, with Psychology and Business and Management offered in addition to History, Geography and Economics. The emphasis is on stimulating curiosity and encouraging independent thought to develop students who can enjoy a full spectrum of life opportunities and retain a lifelong passion for learning.
Our Approach to Learning
Our teachers are passionate and enthusiastic professionals who ensure that lessons are active; students are encouraged to explore new information, explain their ideas, listen to the opinions of others and judge the relative merit of competing theories. Rational discourse is a crucial skill; students will spend time selecting which evidence supports a particular view and considering alternative ways the same information could be interpreted. Consideration of different cultures, historical causes and the implications of our learning for the future are central to everything we do.
A practical element includes where students can learn outside the classroom. Fieldwork is an integral part of teaching in Geography, but all of our subjects have clear and contemporary real-world applications providing a platform for valuable educational visits.