Welcome to Humanities at Le Rocquier!

The Humanities Faculty is made up of 6 subject specialist teachers, each teaching their subject specialism to all age ranges (Year 7 to Year 11, including GCSE);

                Miss Allen (Head of Faculty and Head of Religious Studies)

                Ms Renouf (Head of History)

                Mrs King (Head of Geography)

                Mrs Balleine (Teacher of Geography)

                Mrs Rosser (Teacher of History and Religious Studies)

                Mr Piller (Teacher of History)

Each Humanities subject (History, Geography and Religious Studies) is delivered within a discreet lesson each week by a subject specialist to class groups of usually no more than 26 students. Each subject within the Faculty delivers a comprehensive curriculum designed to develop and refine students’ subject knowledge, exam technique and literacy skills in preparation for their exams at the end of Year 11.

In Key Stage 3 each year group half (X and Y) has three mixed-ability classes, and one ‘Super-Group’; this class is reserved for students who we feel demonstrate an exceptional commitment to their studies across all of their Humanities lessons. Students are reviewed each half term, and sensitively placed in either a mixed-ability group or the Super-Group, depending on their academic performance, efforts and behaviour in the same half-term. All GCSE groups are mixed ability.

Extra-Curricular Activities

As a Faculty we run a number of extra-curricular activities, including a GCSE trip to London to explore Crime and Punishment and Hindu places of worship, trips across the island to undertake geographical field studies, and Mr Piller’s extremely successful Model United Nations Conference. Each year, we also select students to take part in the Rotary Peace Debate at the States Chambers, as well as running trips to the Magistrate’s Court (where students can tour the cells and observe real-life cases) and various churches and places of worship on Jersey.

Humanities Skills Curriculum

Humanities students also spend one lesson per week studying Humanities Skills, where they are encouraged to develop and practice their examination skills through exploring holistic topics such as Africa from historical, geographical and religious perspectives. We hope to begin to utilise Le Rocquier’s ‘activity week’ to travel farther afield to places such as India in order to undertake interactive and experiential investigations of the countries and continents studied in our Humanities Skills curriculum.

Homework and Assessment in Humanities

In Key Stage 3, Humanities students can expect three pieces of homework per half-term; one piece from each subject (History, Geography and Religious Studies). They can also expect to be formally assessed in each subject three times per year, through a range of GCSE exam questions and criteria. We know from experience that early exposure to GCSE content, skills and assessment allows students to develop excellent exam skills in preparation for their GCSEs at the end of Year 11.

In Key Stage 4 (GCSE), Humanities students can expect one piece of homework per week from each of the subjects they have chosen to study at GCSE. They can also expect to be formally assessed in their chosen subject/s once a fortnight, through a range of GCSE exam questions, end of unit tests, mock exams and extended pieces of writing.

Location and Further Info

The Faculty is located on the top floor of the school, where we are lucky to have 6 dedicated classrooms on the same corridor, as well as convenient access to computer rooms, iPads and Chromebooks.

Please read on to find out more about specific History, Geography and Religious Studies curricula.

If you have any questions about the Humanities Faculty, please do not hesitate to contact Miss Allen (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). If you have a question about a specific subject within the Faculty, please feel free to contact the appropriate Head of Department.

Religious Studies

Topics Studied in Religious Studies

Yr 7

·         Introduction to Religious Studies

·         Judaism

·         Christianity

·         Islam (Spirited Arts Competition)

Yr 8

·         Sikhism

·         Hinduism

·         Buddhism (Spirited Arts Competition)

Yr 9

·         Philosophy and Ethics

·         Religion in the News

·         Alternative Religions

Yr 10

GCSE

·         Christian Beliefs and Teachings

·         Christian Practices

·         Hindu Beliefs and Teachings

·         Hindu Practices

Yr 11

GCSE

·         Religion and Life

·         Relationships and Families

·         Crime and Punishment

·         Peace and Conflict



GCSE Information

We follow the AQA Religious Studies GCSE: Specification A. This qualification is 100% examination with no coursework, meaning that students wishing to choose this option should be confident in writing comprehensive extended answers in short periods of time. In the exam, students are not provided with sources from which to draw answers or to use as prompts for ideas; as such, it’s important that students choosing the Religious Studies GCSE are prepared to revise throughout Years 10 and 11 to ensure retention of key subject knowledge.

The students are examined in this subject at the end of Year 11 in two 1 hour and 45 minute written exams.

History

Topics Studied in History

Yr 7

·         Introduction to History

·         Medieval England

·         Native Americans

Yr 8

·         The Reformation and Exploration

·         Tudor England

·         Empire and Industrial Britain

Yr 9

·         World War One

·         World War Two

·         Life in Nazi Germany and the Holocaust

Yr 10

GCSE

·         Weimar and Nazi Germany 1918-1939

·         Crime and Punishment though time c1000-present

·         Whitechapel c1870-1900: Crime policing and the Inner city

Yr 11

GCSE

·         Early Elizabethan England, 1558-88

·         Spain and the ‘New World’ c1490-1555


GCSE Information

We follow the Edexcel (9-1) History GCSE specification. The course builds on the content studied at Key Stage Three and supports progression to A Level History. 

The course is assessed with three written exams at the end of the course in Year 11 assessing each of the 5 units. The course is academically challenging and students are set homework each week. Since the course is dependent on the students having a good base of historical knowledge they are expected to be doing regular independent revision throughout the two year period.

 

Geography

Topics Studied in Geography

Yr 7

·         Places in the world and map skills

·         The weather

·         Globalisation

Yr 8

·         Tectonic hazards

·         Rainforests

·         Coastal landforms and management

Yr 9

·         Energy and resources

·         River management

·         Development

Yr 10

GCSE

·         Hazardous Earth

·         Challenges of the Urban Environment

·         UK’s Evolving Physical landscape.

·         Fieldwork

Yr 11

GCSE

·         Development Dynamics

·         UK’s Evolving Human landscape

·         People and the Environment

·         Decision Making Exercise


GCSE Information

We follow the Edexcel (9-1) Geography GCSE specification. The course builds on the content studied at Key Stage Three and supports progression to A Level Geography.

The course is assessed with three written exams at the end of the course in Year 11. This assesses both the knowledge and skills that have been taught over the 2 years, and the fieldwork skills students have developed.

The course includes two compulsory pieces of coursework, the first is focused on investigating urban Geography and the second is either a coast or river investigation. 

The course will give students a very good understanding of how we manage our planet across a range of environmental, physical and human themes and helps people to understand how inter-connected the world is.