Humanities

The Humanities department comprises: Geography, History and Life.

Humanities Department

  • Mr A Pickles – Head of Department
  • Mr N Tweedale – Second in Department
  • Mr A Carruthers – Teacher of Geography
  • Ms L Haine – Teacher of Geography
  • Mr B Herbert – Teacher of RE
  • Miss G Meredith – Teacher of Geography

Geography

“Geography explains the past, illuminates the future and prepares us for the future. What could be more important than that?” – Michael Palin.

Geography is the study of the world. We look at the human impact on the world, and the world’s physical impact on human life. There is a huge variety to be studied from the formation of volcanoes and variety of ecosystems our planet has to offer to the development of Africa and the changes that have occurred in Sheffield throughout the decades. In Geography, students learn many skills: map reading, the ability to categorise impacts and effects of natural disasters, and they are able to analyse the world using evidence to support their arguments.

Geography – Key Stage 3

The Geography course at Key Stage 3 provides students with the necessary skills and knowledge to access the AQA GCSE course in Key Stage 4. The Year 7 course looks at where places are across the world, helping students understand map skills, and looking at different countries, like Japan and Kenya, in more detail. The Year 8 course prepares students for GCSE by looking at development, ecosystems, energy and impossible places. As wells as looking at Africa and the world’s superpowers in more detail.

If you would like further information about the topics and themes being taught please contact: Mrs Haine by email to: enquiries@city.outwood.com

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Geography – Key Stage 4

GCSE Geography – AQA 1-9 Course

  • Natural Hazards
  • Weather and climate
  • Urban issues
  • Coasts and rivers
  • Resource management
  • Economic world

GCSE Geography is assessed in the following way:
Examination 100%

  • Living with the physical world (35%)
  • Challenges in the human environment (35%)
  • Geographical applications (30%)

If you would like further information about the topics, themes or assessment for this course please contact: Mrs Haine by email to: enquiries@city.outwood.com

Enrichment Opportunities In Geography

Friday – Key Stage 4 students to get extra support with their revision and completion of the GCSE. Also the Geography Department will run trips to Sheffield for Years 9 and 10 as well as a trip to Hornsea in Year 11.

History

“A person without history is like a tree without its roots”

“A person who cannot learn from the past will forever be shackled to the chains of their forefathers’ mistakes”

History is the study of the past. We study the events, people, what changed and what stayed the same. We make judgments about the evidence we use and the importance of events and people. We also use sources to study the past and analyse their utility as well as the views or interpretations that they have. We study topics ranging from the Romans to the start of WW1. Our aim in history is to create history detectives who can use evidence to enquire and make discoveries about the past. We teach a distinctive and innovative curriculum that looks to serve the needs of the young people of Sheffield. For example, in lessons we always plan to cover how big changes in the country led to a change for the people of Sheffield. Lessons are planned within history for a range of activities which engage students, make them think and challenge them to question, investigate and review key events. The underlining aim of all of our teaching is to secure students who have a love of history and are forever curious about the past.

History – Key Stage 3

The History course at Key Stage 3 provides students with the necessary skills and knowledge to access the Edexcel GCSE course in Key Stage 4. The Year 7 course starts in 1066 and runs through to 1666. The Year 8 course prepares students for modern world subjects covering aspects of content directly linked to the GCSE units studied.

If you would like further information about the topics and themes being taught please contact: Mr Tweedale by email to: N.Tweedale@city.outwood.com

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History – Key Stage 4

GCSE History – Edexcel 1-9 Course

  • Medicine 1250-2000
  • Germany 1919-39
  • The American West
  • Elizabethan England

GCSE History is assessed in the following way:
Examination 100%

If you would like further information about the topics, themes or assessment for this course please contact: Mr Tweedale by email to: N.Tweedale@city.outwood.com

Enrichment Opportunities In History

Friday – Key Stage 4 students to get extra support with their revision and completion of the GCSE. Also the History Department are planning trips to York & Lincoln for Key Stage 4 students.

Life

Welcome to the Outwood Academy City Life department. In this department, we strive to accomplish an outstanding PSHE education for all students as outlined in the Department for Education guidance.

Personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education is an important and necessary part of all pupils’ education. PSHE is a non-statutory subject. We believe that it is for schools to tailor their local PSHE programme to reflect the needs of their pupils. We expect schools to use their PSHE education programme to equip pupils with a sound understanding of risk and with the knowledge and skills necessary to make safe and informed decisions.

Life – Key Stage 3

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Life – Key Stage 4

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Life is not an assessed subject. Students will be assessed on effort grade only.

If you would like further information about the topics and themes being taught please contact: Mr Pickles by email to: A.Pickles@city.outwood.com