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Humanities and Religious Education

Humanities at Southbrook School consists of History, Geography and Religious Education (RE). 

Throughout KS3 pupils learn about a range of local and world events as well as aspects of the physical world and the impact of humans on the planet. For example, they learn about the weather, settlements, rivers, farming and fair trade in local, national and worldwide contexts. In KS3, lessons are based on common themes taught across all subjects which allows for project based work. We recognise the value of our pupils knowing about their local area, its history and social and cultural make-up. We also know that learning about a wide breadth of events, countries and religions allows our pupils explore a love of learning, as well as increasing their understanding of the wider community and helping them to function within various communities beyond Southbrook. Our aim is to build the cultural knowledge and capital of our pupils to ensure their understanding of the communities and cultures allows them to thrive outside of their own local areas.  

The combination of these subjects allows teachers to make connections between historical events, religion and geography where appropriate and meaningful. 

The subject has strong links with English, especially with regard to research, reading and discovery as well as writing. Speaking and listening are developed and promoted through discussions around moral issues and current affairs. Functional maths and ICT skills are also developed throughout humanities lessons. 

 At KS4, Humanities is studied as part of the Leisure, Creativity and Enquiry strand of learning. Learning outcomes are based on pupils’ individual transition profiles informed by their learning needs and destinations. This means that learning can be personalised. For example, there is a significant amount of Geographical understanding required to succeed in Outdoor Learning, and the Duke of Edinburgh Scheme whilst personal learning goals and employment strands may be supported through research skills, self-directed projects and experiences within the local community. Humanities lessons contribute towards the achievement of accredited WJEC units in personal progress. 

Humanities Curriculum – 2022-23


Autumn 1 

Autumn 2 


Summer 1 

Summer 2 

Year 7 

Familiar Stories  

  •      Chronology of British History 
  •      Patron saints of UK and related stories  
  •       George and the Dragon / King Arthur  

The Romans in Exeter  

  •       Life in Roman Britain 
  •      Evidence of Roman Exeter (including visit to the museum  

Explorers and Adventurers  

  •       Learning about Charles Darwin’s Voyages on The Beagle  


  •       The Christian festival of Easter  
  •       What is the Bible and how is it used by Christians 

What is a community?  

  •      Identifying different communities around the world and locality 
  •       Exploring our own communities through OS maps  



  •      What are the main beliefs of Judaism  
  •       Learning about key people – Abraham and Moses  

Year 8 

Significant people from History  

  •      Exploring reasons why particular people are important  

Including: Queen Elizabeth II, Martin Luther King, Florence Nightingale  






Judaism and Christianity  

  •       Exploring connections and differences between the religions  
  •       Linked stories such as creation story and other Bible stories 


  •       History or Migration, including the Windrush  
  •       What causes Migration today.  

The Jurassic Coast  

  •      Identify different types of landscapes around the coast  
  •      Learning about Mary Anning and her work around Fossils  

Tourism – Good or Bad?  

  •       Defining the word Tourism and learning about why people choose to visit key places around the UK 


Autumn 1  

Autumn 2 


Summer 1 

Summer 2 

Year 9 


  •      Exploring festivals/key events such as Bar Mitzvah and Passover  
  •        Treatment of Jewish people in WWII 

Climate Change  

  •       Looking at the differences between climate and weather 
  •       Researching the causes of climate change and how to combat it. 


  •       Studying the geography of America, including different states.  
  •       Learning about the founding of America and how this lead to British colonisation  

Volcanoes, Earthquakes and Tsunamis 

  •       Developing our understanding of plate tectonics  
  •       Looking at how places change over time due to natural causes  


  •       Understanding of Hindus worship and how this impacts their life  
  •      Learning about key celebrations such as Diwali and Holi festivals  

Year 10 / 11 

The Effects of Consumerism 

  •       Learning about what it means to be a consumer  
  •       Finding out where popular products are made in the world and who makes them 

Places of Worship   

  •       Identifying key aspects to different places of worship  
  •       Learning about why they are important to believers  

Taking a role in society in the UK  

  •       Learning about democracy and the election process in the UK  

Exploring a Non-British Society in the Past – The Aztec Empire  

  •       Finding out about the era of discovery and key people involved such as Colombus, De Gama, Magellan  
  •        Learning about life in Aztec times