Humanities at Bradford Forster Academy
At BFA we teach each Humanities subject separately. Currently there is an hour for Geography, History, Religious Studies and PSHCEE (personal, social, health, citizenship, and economic education). We do however attempt to ensure that all the subjects are linked (where appropriate) with an overarching theme so that our students can see the links between the subject areas.
In Humanities lessons we encourage the students to find out about the activities, achievements and beliefs of people in the past and in the present. It is one way of helping them to understand the world in which we live, because it is concerned with people in different times and in different places. We want the students to ask questions, carry out observations. And to develop an understanding of people’s values and beliefs. As part of BFA’s drive to teach literacy including reading, humanities lesson will include a weekly Drop Everything And Read (DEAR) session.
In particular the humanities department supports the Spiritual, Social, Moral and cultural development of our children. Therefore within humanities there will be particular emphasis on:
The spiritual development of pupils as shown by their:
Ability to be reflective about their own beliefs, religious or otherwise, that inform their perspective on life and their interest in and respect for different people’s faiths, feelings and values. Their sense of enjoyment and fascination in learning about themselves, others and the world around them. The use of imagination and creativity in their learning and their willingness to reflect on their experiences.
The moral development of pupils as shown by their:
Ability to recognise the difference between right and wrong and to readily apply this understanding in their own lives, recognise legal boundaries and, in so doing, respect the civil and criminal law of England. Their understanding of the consequences of their behaviour and actions. An interest in investigating and offering reasoned views about moral and ethical issues and ability to understand and appreciate the viewpoints of others on these issues.
The social development of pupils as shown by their:
Use of a range of social skills in different contexts, for example working and socialising with other pupils, including those from different religious, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds. Their willingness to participate in a variety of communities and social settings, including by volunteering, cooperating well with others and being able to resolve conflicts effectively. Their acceptance and engagement with the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs; they develop and demonstrate skills and attitudes that will allow them to participate fully in and contribute positively to life in modern Britain.
The cultural development of pupils as shown by their:
Understanding and appreciation of the wide range of cultural influences that have shaped their own heritage and those of others. Their understanding and appreciation of the range of different cultures within school and further afield as an essential element of their preparation for life in modern Britain. Knowledge of Britain’s democratic parliamentary system and its central role in shaping our history and values, and in continuing to develop Britain. Their interest in exploring, improving understanding of and showing respect for different faiths and cultural diversity and the extent to which they understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity, as shown by their tolerance and attitudes towards different religious, ethnic and socioeconomic groups in the local, national and global communities
These are taken from the School inspection handbook
(August 2015, No. 150066)
Currently in year 7 we cover the following topics:
Geography – All round us, an exploration of the world around us and how we explore it including atlas work. The Middle East, looking a key physical, human and environmental characteristics including Middle Eastern Biomes. Finally looking at rivers, flooding and geographical timescales.
History – The Normans and life in England in 1066 and onwards. The middle ages, including the crusades and what they involved. Finally, the importance of the Doomsday book and an exploration around the Black Death
Religious Studies – Exploration of Christian values, and how being a Christian may affect the life and work of a believer. Looking at the world religions of Judaism and Islam and their link to the Middle East and key beliefs and practices associated with these religions. We then return to look at Christianity.
PSCHEE – Transition and the formation of new relationships and the feelings associated with moving school. Different types of bullying (including race, religious, cyber, SEN, appearance and homophobic bullying) and issues with living in the wider world. Moving on to charity, health and well-being and human rights.
Extended Learning will be set when appropriate in each subject and you will be expected to study at home to make the most of your lessons at school.
Currently in year 8 we cover the following topics:
Geography –We are looking at weather and its impact on our lives and the world we live in. Following that India and finally coasts.
History – Exploring the Tudors, with a special emphasis on Henry VIII. The reformation and the reign of Elizabeth I including the Spanish Armada. Moving on to look at the slave trade and its implications. Finally finishing with the suffragette movement.
Religious Studies – We start with studying marriage and the family in Christianity, Judaism and Islam. Moving on we are focussing on Hinduism and Sikhism looking at the key beliefs and practices associated with these religions. We then explore equality within religion.
PSCHEE –Looking at puberty and issues around this topic. British Values including democracy and then human rights. The final term focus is the Law.
For additional information:
- BBC Bite size is an excellent resource
- Currently the Geography and History course is following the AQA examination board
- Currently the Religious Studies course is following the euqas examination board