Humanities and Modern Foreign Languages
The Humanities and Modern Foreign Languages team aims to provide high quality teaching in a positive and encouraging environment, developing pupils’ confidence to ‘have a go’ at understanding and communicating in another language. This helps progress and achievement, allowing pupils to gain the skills needed to communicate with people from other countries as well as when in other countries, leading to greater empathy between cultures. They will be able to understand the “where” of places and events and become more culturally aware, as well as developing an understanding of the origins of different peoples and important events that have shaped their world.
All students study a Modern Foreign Language in years 7 and 8. Students learn vocabulary useful for everyday life, including numbers, food, hobbies, opinions, daily routine and grammar.
All students study History and Geography in years 7 and 8. In History, students study a range of topics from The Norman Conquest through to World War Two and The Holocaust. Student also complete two independent historical investigations. In Geography students study a range of physical and human geography topics, developing a range of geographical skills.
In RE students study the 5 main world religions and a range of moral and ethical issues. Students learn about the teachings and practices of different religions as well as gaining an understanding of the impact of religion on society and their own lives
Students have the choice to study Geography or History at GCSE, with the option to study both. In History, students develop exam based analysis skills through a range of topics including Nazi Germany and a local site study. In Geography students will conduct fieldwork and look at geographical issues in the modern world, including topics such as natural hazards and physical landscapes.
French, Spanish and RE are available as options in the Senior School. In French and Spanish, students study a range of topics developing skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking. In RE students focus on thematic studies, peace and conflict and crime and punishment.
A wide variety of A-Levels are available in the Sixth Form including Geography, History, Philosophy and Ethics, Politics, French, Spanish and a wide variety of other languages through our partnership with Kent Language School.