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Students at Keyham Lodge School receive 3 lessons of humanities provision per week, whereby geography and history are taught on a rotational basis. In Key Stage 4, students will receive 4 lessons a week if humanities is one of their chosen pathways. During the course of their study, they will follow the National Curriculum through a range of creative, well planned and inspiring activities that encourage progression and enthusiasm for the subject.

Humanities is an inclusive department that is constantly redeveloping to suit the needs of our pupils. At both key stages, appropriate intervention is developed and support packages can be put into place. Our main aim is to create a positive learning environment, and encourage students to progress through increased participation, motivation and engagement. Students will have many opportunities to enrich their curriculum during humanities lessons as well as being given the chance to be involved in extracurricular activities.

Students will develop their knowledge of the world around them as well as understand key points throughout history. Students will also have the opportunity to develop their speaking and listening skills through a series of class discussions, speeches and presentations. Humanities lessons will also help students develop reading and writing skills which help within other curriculum areas. ICT is embedded into all work schemes allowing students to be creative and technologically minded.

Assessment in the humanities department will be in the form of presentations, speeches, extended writing and test format. Assessments will be marked by myself but there will also be opportunity for self-assessment as well as peer assessment.

Key stage 3

Our Key Stage 3 curriculum has been carefully designed to encompass elements of both history and geography on a rotational basis using the 2014 National Curriculum changes.

Year overview:

Year 7

The Norman Conquest

The Revolting Peasants and the Black Death

The Ice age to the present

Rivers and floods (local fieldwork study)

Richard III



Year 8

The struggle between church and crown (Elizabeth I)

The causes and events of the English Civil War

Ecosystems and extreme environments

Africa- tourism and its effects on human and physical geography

The transatlantic slave trade

The Middle East


Year 9

World War One

World War Two

Plate tectonics

Coasts (fieldwork study)

USA in the 20th century- civil rights in the USA



Key Stage 4

Our Key Stage 4 curriculum currently offers both Geography and History as a GCSE. Year 11 are currently being taught GCSE Geography using the AQA exam board and our year 10 students will be being taught GCSE History with the same examining body. Key Stage 4 students are given the option to study humanities at GCSE level and is not a compulsory subject. Options will also change on a yearly basis, depending on the numbers of students, their personal preference and how we can meet their needs according to their future pathways. This year, we have offered health and social care as a main pathway. Students will be given the opportunity to complete numerous qualifications and participate in vocational experiences.


Extra- curricular opportunities

  • Warwick Castle trip
  • Guest speakers
  • Museum trips- London Imperial War and National Portrait Gallery
  • Reading challenges
  • Film club (closely related to humanities)
  • Overseas residential
  • Local fieldwork
  • Fieldwork within the UK
  • Battlefield trip (Bosworth)
  • Competitions
  • Seaside trips linked to sea defences
  • Cinema
  • Alton Towers linked to tourism


Department staff:

Abbie-Louise Shaw- Head of faculty

Kapil Boodhoo- Teacher

Sam Higgins- Teacher

Amy Scattergood- Curriculum specialist teaching assistant


For further information, please contact Abbie at