Humanities

Head of Faculty: Mr P Gannaway

The Humanities Faculty includes the subjects of Citizenship, Geography, History, Religious Education, Health and Social Care, Psychology and Sociology. All students at Denbigh are taught Geography, History and Religious Education in Years 7 and 8 for 1 hour per week per subject. In Year 9, one of Geography or History is studied as a 3-year GCSE subject, being examined at the end of Year 11. Also in Year 9, Citizenship is delivered to all students for 1 hour a week. This incorporates the topics of British Values and moral and ethical issues, including religious perspectives. In Year 10, students can chose to study, as part of their wider GCSE options, a maximum of two from Cambridge National Health and Social Care, GCSE Psychology, GCSE Religious Education or GCSE Sociology. All of our subjects offered at GCSE or similar are also available as subject choices at A Level or Level 3 qualifications, with many students choosing to study a combination of three Humanities A level subjects.

We have a very successful record of students leaving Denbigh School to continue their studies in a Humanities subject at Universities across the country, including recent students studying History at both Oxford and Cambridge, Social Studies and Geography at Cambridge as well as at many of the leading Russell Group Universities.

Curriculum:

Please click on the relevant year group to find information about curriculum delivery timeline, subject to change.

  • KS3
   
  • Geography
  • Psychology
 
  • Sociology
 
  • Philosophy & Ethics
 
  • Y10
  • Y11
  • Year 13
  • History
  • Health & Social Care
 
  • Y11
     

Extra Curricular

Our extra-curricular activities include the Magistrates Court Competition, the Bar Mock Trial Competition, the Family Court Competition, Ecoschools Satellite Group, Youth SACRE and Holocaust Memorial Ambassadors. Trips include Year 7 Warwick Castle, GCSE History and Geography fieldwork days, residential trips to Berlin (History Y10) and Barcelona (Geography Y10). In the Sixth Form, Geographers go to Birmingham and St Margaret’s Bay for fieldwork opportunities in Year 12. Year 13 Geographers have a residential trip in or near the Lake District in order to complete their coursework.

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Year 7

Term Subjects
History Geography PRE
Autumn
1st half term
Battle of Hastings Introduction to Geography Introduction to PRE and Judaism
Autumn
2nd half term
Castles Geographical Research Introduction to Philosophy
Winter
1st half term
King John & The Black Death African Study (Physical) Introduction to Christianity
Winter
2nd half term
The Tudors & Henry VIII African Study (Physical) Philosophy – Proof of God
Summer
1st half term
The Tudors & The Church Sustainability Introduction to Islam
Summer
2nd half term
Tudor Life Sustainability Philosophy and Science

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Year 8

Term Subjects
History Geography PRE
Autumn
1st half term
Transformation of Surgery Glaciation Introduction to PRE and Hinduism
Autumn
2nd half term
Transformation of Surgery Introduction to Population Introduction to Ethics
Winter
1st half term
Slavery Population and case studies Introduction to Buddhism
Winter
2nd half term
Slavery Rivers Enquiry Buddhism and Ethics
Summer
1st half term
Causes of WWI Food Introduction to Sikhism
Summer
2nd half term
Consequences of WWI Waste Religion and Equality

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Year 9

Term History Geography Citizenship
Autumn
1st half term
  • Conflict & Tension
  • Peacemaking to the collapse of the League
  • Geographical skills &
    Physical geography of the UK
  • Conflict
Autumn
2nd half term
  • Conflict & Tension Origins and outbreak of 2nd WW
  • Rivers – processes, landforms, management of flooding
  • Pacifism
Winter
1st half term
  • Germany 1890-1945
  • Growth of democracy
  • Rivers to complete
  • Urban – urbanisation, megacities. Opportunities & challenges of living in a NEE megacity
  • Holocaust
Winter
2nd half term
  • Germany 1890-1945
  • Germany & the depression
  • Urban – opportunities & challenges of living in a HIC city. Regeneration and sustainable living
  • Evil and Suffering
Summer
1st half term
  • Germany 1890-1945 Germany under the Nazis
  • Ecosystems – structure and distribution
  • Tropical Rainforests
  • British Values
Summer
2nd half term
  • Germany 1890-1945 and Revision activities on Conflict & Tension and Germany - Complete Germany.
  • Hot Desert ecosystems
  • Revision and exams
  • Citizenship and Tolerance

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Year 10 (Geography)

Term Topic
Autumn
1st half term
  • Management of a named stretch of UK coastline
Autumn
2nd half term
  • Economic World
  • Tourism as a strategy
  • CASE STUDY – Nigeria, a NEE
Winter
1st half term
  • Economic futures in the UK.
  • The N-S divide
  • Infrastructure improvements
  • Sustainable strategies in industry.
Winter
2nd half term
  • Definition of hazards.
  • Tectonic hazards
  • Nepal & Italy earthquakes
  • Atmospheric circulation model
Summer
1st half term
  • Climatic hazards
  • Weather hazards in UK
  • Cause of climate change
  • Managing climate change
Summer
2nd half term
  • Revision of Y10 exams
  • Fieldwork skills and projects

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Year 10 (History)

Term Topic
Autumn
1st half term
  • Health and the People Unit 1
Autumn
2nd half term
  • Health and the People Unit 2
Winter
1st half term
  • Health and the People Unit 3
Winter
2nd half term
  • Health and the People Unit 4
Summer
1st half term
  • Elizabethan England Unit 1
Summer
2nd half term
  • Elizabethan England Unit 2

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Year 10 (Health & Social Care)

Term Topic
Autumn
1st half term
  • RO21 – Essential values of care.
Autumn
2nd half term
  • RO21 – Essential values of care
Winter
1st half term
  • RO25 – Life stages: Growth and development
Winter
2nd half term
  • RO25 – Life stages: Growth and development
Summer
1st half term
  • RO22 – Communicating and working with individuals
Summer
2nd half term
  • RO21 – Essential values of care
  • RO22 – Communicating and working with individuals

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Year 10 (Psychology)

Term Topic
Autumn
1st half term
  • Criminal Psychology
Autumn
2nd half term
  • Developmental
Winter
1st half term
  • Psychological Problems
Winter
2nd half term
  • Research Methods
Summer
1st half term
  • Research Methods
Summer
2nd half term
  • Social Influence

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Year 10 (Sociology)

Term Topic
Autumn
1st half term
  • Introduction to Sociology
Autumn
2nd half term
  • Families and Households
Winter
1st half term
  • Education
Winter
2nd half term
  • Education and Research methods
Summer
1st half term
  • Research methods
Summer
2nd half term
  • An introduction to crime and Deviance

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Year 11 (Geography)

Term Topic
Autumn
1st half term
  • Climate Hazards
  • UK weather hazards
  • Causes of Climate Change
  • Managing climate change
  • Resource Management: OVERVIEW - global issues with energy, water and food resources.
Autumn
2nd half term
  • Understanding the issues affecting the UK – energy, food & water resources
  • Understanding of managing the UK’s energy resources Geographical skills
  • Revision for PPEs
Winter
1st half term
  • Issues Evaluation (P3 practice)
Winter
2nd half term
  • Issues Evaluation (P3 practice)
Summer
1st half term
  • Revision
Summer
2nd half term
  • TBC

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Year 11 (History)

Term Topic
Autumn
1st half term
Elizabethan England Unit 3
Autumn
2nd half term
Elizabethan England Unit4
Conflict and tension
Winter
1st half term
Conflict and tension
Winter
2nd half term
Conflict and tension
GCSE revision on Germany
Summer
1st half term
GCSE revision on Health and the People and Elizabethan England
Summer
2nd half term
N/A

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Year 11 (Psychology)

Term Topic
Autumn
1st half term
Criminal Behaviour and perception
Autumn
2nd half term
Perception and Cognitive Development
Winter
1st half term
Non-verbal communication
Winter
2nd half term
The Self
Summer
1st half term
Overall revision and exam practice
Summer
2nd half term
Overall revision and exam practice

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Year 11 (Sociology)

Term Topic
Autumn
1st half term
Mass Media
Autumn
2nd half term
Crime and Deviance
Winter
1st half term
Crime and Deviance/ Social Inequality
Winter
2nd half term
Social Inequality
Summer
1st half term
Revision- all topics
Summer
2nd half term
Revision- all topics

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Year 12 ( Human Geography)

Term Topic
Autumn
1st half term
  • Globalisation
  • Political and economic decision making
  • Degree of globalisation differs
  • TNCs and their role
  • Switch on - switch off
Autumn
2nd half term
  • Winners and losers in globalisation
  • De-industrialisation in HIC
  • Migration
  • Cultural diffusion and cultural erosion
  • Widening inequality as a result of globalisation
  • Social, political and environmental tensions
  • Ethical and environmental concerns about consumer societies
Winter
1st half term
  • Regenerating places
  • Classification of economies
  • Differences in employment and economic activity
  • Functions and characteristics change over time
  • Connections
Winter
2nd half term
  • Peoples’ perceptions of an area
    Need to regenerate
  • Policies for regeneration
  • Measuring success of regeneration in both rural and urban areas
Summer
1st half term
  • Revision
Summer
2nd half term
  • Start Year 2 topics
  • Superpower geography

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Year 12 (Health & Social Care)

Term Group 1 Group 2
Autumn
1st half term
Unit 1 – Building Positive Relationships Unit 2 – Equality, Diversity and Rights
Autumn
2nd half term
Unit 1 – Building Positive Relationships Unit 2 – Equality, Diversity and Rights
Winter
1st half term
Unit 1 – Building Positive Relationships Unit 2 – Equality, Diversity and Rights
Winter
2nd half term
Unit 24 – Public Health Unit 24 – Public Health
Summer
1st half term
Unit 10 – Nutrition for Health Revision
Summer
2nd half term
Unit 4 – Anatomy and Physiology Unit 4 – Anatomy and Physiology
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Year 12 (History)

Term Group 1 Group 2
Autumn
1st half term
Russia – Intro, lifestyle in 1917, social structure, Lenin, Stalin, Khrushchev, Brezhnev China
Autumn
2nd half term
Russia- NEP, Collectivisation, War Communism, 5 year plans China
Winter
1st half term
Russia- Reform of agriculture, Reform of industry, Media/Propaganda, Personality cults China
Winter
2nd half term
Russia- secret police, Andropov, Suppression of dissidents, culture, the welfare state, China
Summer
1st half term
Russia- Downfall of the USSR, Revision Revision
Summer
2nd half term
Introduction to Coursework- Cold War Introduction to Coursework- Cold War
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Year 12 (Philosophy & Ethics)

Term Group 1 Group 2
Autumn
1st half term
  • Ancient Philosophical Influences
  • Ancient Philosophical Influences
  • Comparison of Plato and Aristotle
  • Soul, Mind and Body
  • Substance
  • Dualism
  • Materialism
  • Kantian ethics
  • Normative Ethical
    • Theories
      Natural law
    • Situation ethics
Autumn
2nd half term
  • Teleological Argument
  • Cosmological Argument
  • Challenges
  • Ontological Argument
  • Situation ethics
  • Utilitarianism
Winter
1st half term
  • Religious Experience
  • Prophecy and Revelation
  • Tradition
  • Application of ethical theories - Euthanasia
Winter
2nd half term
  • God and philosophy
  • Human Destiny
  • The Shariah
  • Application of ethical theories - Business ethics
Summer
1st half term
  • Sufism
  • Revision of philosophy
  • Revision of Islam
  • Revision
Summer
2nd half term
  • Attributes of God
  • Conscience
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Year 12 (Psychology)

Term Group 1 Group 2>
Autumn
1st half term
Introduction to Psychological research
Purpose of Research methods
Impact of Psychology and peer review
Mathematics test
Variables
Hypothesis
Experimental Design
Experimental Methods
Sampling
Dealing with Ethical issues
Observations
The Emergence of psychology
Psychology as a science
Behaviourist approach
Social Learning Theory
Cognitive Approach
Biological approach
Autumn
2nd half term
Research methods
Reliability and Validity
Mathematical Skills
The Sign Test
Attachment
Caregiver-Infant interactions
Stages of attachment
The Animal studies
The Learning Theory
Approaches in psychology
BioPsychology – Nervous system
BioPsychology - Neurons
BioPsychology – Synaptic Transmission
BioPsychology-Endocrine system
Psychopathology
Definitions of abnormality
Phobias
Depression
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Winter
1st half term
PPE
Attachment
Bowlby’s theory of attachment
Strange Situation
Cultural Variations
PPE
Psychopathology
Behavioural explanations and treatments of Phobias
Cognitive explanations and treatments of depression
Winter
2nd half term
Attachment
Bowlby’s theory of Maternal Deprivation
Effects of institutionalisation, Romanian orphans
The influence of early attachment
Social Influence
Asch
Zimbardo
Obedience and Milgram
Situational factors and Milgram
Agentic state
Authoritarian Personality
Psychopathology
Biological explanations and treatments of OCD
Memory
Capacity and Duration
The Multi-Store Model
The Working Memory Model
Types of Long Term Memory
Forgetting-Interference
Forgetting – retrieval failure
Summer
1st half term
Social Influence
Resistance to social change
Revision
Memory
Eye Witness Testimony
Revision
Summer
2nd half term
Issues and Debates
Reductionism vs Holism
Nature Vs nurture
Freewill vs determinism
Additional Approaches
Psychodynamic Approach
Humanistic Approach
Comparing Approaches
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Year 12 ( Physical Geography)

Term Topic
Autumn
1st half term
  • Tectonic Processes and hazards
Autumn
2nd half term
  • Tectonic Processes and hazards
Winter
1st half term
  • Coastal Landscapes and change
Winter
2nd half term
  • Coastal landscapes and change
Summer
1st half term
  • Revision
Summer
2nd half term
  • The Water Cycle and water insecurities

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Year 12 (Sociology)

Term Group 1 Group 2
Autumn
1st half term
Intro to Sociological Research
Positivism and methods
Interpretivism and methods
Practical, Ethical and Theoretical Issues
Sociological Approaches
Education
Functionalist views of the role of education
Neo/Marxist views of the role of education
New Right views of the role of education
Feminist views of the role of education
Interactionist views of the role of education
Autumn
2nd half term
Families and Households
Types of family
Types of marriage
Is the nuclear family universal?
The Functionalist view of the Family
The Marxist View of the Family
The Feminist View of the Family
Social control and Surveillance
Politics and the family
Life Cycles and Personal Life
Divorce
Extended family and Kinship Networks
Family Diversity
Gender roles
Education
Vocational Education
Differential achievement- Social Class
Differential achievement- Gender
Differential achievement- Ethnicity
The Hidden Curriculum
Labelling Theory
Subcultural Theory
Winter
1st half term
Families and Households
Childhood
Demographic change
Migration and globalization
Natural population change
Aging Population
PPE
Education
Educational Policy:
New Labour- Blair, Brown
Conservative – Thatcher, Major
Coalition- Cameron, Clegg
Conservative- Cameron, May
PPE
Winter
2nd half term
Research Methods
Reliability and Validity
Primary and Secondary Data
Sampling
Interviews
Observations
Questionnaires
Factors Affecting the Choice of Research Method
Methods in Context
Recap of all methods taught:
Interviews
Observations
Social Surveys- questionnaires
Recap of positivism/ interpretivism
Strengths and Limitations of each method (linking to educational issues/ situations)
Summer
1st half term
  • Revision
  • Revision
Summer
2nd half term
Introduction to Beliefs in Society and Crime and Deviance Introduction to Beliefs in Society and Crime and Deviance
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Year 13 (Health & Social Care)

Term Group 1 Group 2
Autumn
1st half term
Lifestyle Choices and Impacts Section A – Job role 1 and 2
Autumn
2nd half term
Psychological Theories and application Section B and C
Winter
1st half term
Psychological Theories and application Section D
Winter
2nd half term
Treatments and Therapy Improvements
Summer
1st half term
Revision Revision
Summer
2nd half term
Study Leave Study Leave
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Year 13 (History)

Term Group 1 Group 2
Autumn
1st half term
French Wars, Crimea Coursework
Autumn
2nd half term
Boer War, WW1 Coursework
Winter
1st half term
Breadth 1 – organising the military Coursework / revision for Russia and Mao (to include differences between AS and A2)
Winter
2nd half term
Breadth 2 – role of the people Revision for Russia and Mao
Summer
1st half term
Revision of warfare unit Revision for Russia and Mao
Summer
2nd half term
  • TBC
  • TBC
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Year 13 (Psychology)

Term Group 1 Group 2
Autumn
1st half term
Issues and Debates
Modelling essays and writing skills
Question practice
Aggression
Aggression applied theories
Neural and hormonal influences
Evaluation of Neural and hormonal influences
Genetic factors in aggression
Evaluation of Genetic factors
Ethological explanations of aggression
Evaluation of Ethology
Evolutionary explanations
Gender
Sex and Gender
Androgyny
Chromosomes and Hormones
Atypical Chromosome Patterns
Kohlberg's Theory
Gender Schema Theory
Psychodynamic Explanations of Gender
Social Learning Theory Explanation of Gender
Comparing Explanations for Gender Development
The Effect of Culture on Gender
Autumn
2nd half term
Aggression
Evaluation of Evolutionary explanations
The Frustration – aggression hypothesis
De-individuation
Institutional aggression
Media Influences on Aggression
Explanations of Media Influences on Aggression
Gender
Gender Identity Disorder
Schizophrenia
Classification and diagnosis of Schizophrenia
Issues of Reliability and validity
Biological explanations
Psychological Explanations of Schizophrenia
Biological Treatments for Schizophrenia
Winter
1st half term
Research Methods
Recap content analysis and Case studies
Issues of reliability and Validity
Features of a science
Probability and type errors
Statistical tests
Parametric tests
Tests of Correlations
Chi Squared test and reporting investigations
PPE
Schizophrenia
Classification and diagnosis of Schizophrenia
Issues of Reliability and validity
Biological explanations
Psychological Explanations of Schizophrenia
Biological Treatments for Schizophrenia
PPE
Winter
2nd half term
Biopsychology
Ways of studying the brain
Circadian Rhythms
Ultradian and Infradian rhythms
Endogenous Pacemakers and Exogenous Zeitgebers
Biopsychology
Recap AS stuff
Localisation of function
Lateralisation and Split Brain Research
Plasticity and Functional Recovery of the Brain
Summer
1st half term
  • TBC
  • TBC
Summer
2nd half term
  • TBC
  • TBC
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Year 13 (Sociology)

Term Group 1 Group 2
Autumn
1st half term
Beliefs in Society
Types of Religion
Religion and Science
Functionalism
Neo Marxism
Marxism
Crime and Deviance
Functionalism and crime – Durkheim and Merton
Labelling
Marxism
Right and Left Realists
Autumn
2nd half term
Beliefs in Society
Religion as a conservative force
Religion as a force for social change
Religious organisations
Religion and social class
Religion and age
Religion and gender
Religion and ethnicity
Crime and Deviance
Patterns of crime – Gender
Ethnicity
Class
Media
Victimisation
Winter
1st half term
Beliefs in Society
Measuring religiosity
Secularisation
PPE
Crime and Deviance
Globalisation and crime
Crime Prevention
Crime control
Victimology
PPE
Winter
2nd half term
Theory and methods
Consensus vs conflict theory
Structural vs social action theories
Modernity and late modernity
Revisiting Families and Households and Education
Review both topics – sociologists and content overview
Summer
1st half term
Theory and methods
Sociology as a science
Sociology as objective and value free
The relationship between sociology and social policy
Revision
Revision
Exam paper 1 prep
Paper 2 prep
Revision of Crime
Paper 3
Summer
2nd half term
  • Study Leave
  • Syudy Leave

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Year 13 ( Human Geography)

Term Topic
Autumn
1st half term
  • Superpower geographies
  • Emerging superpowers
  • Military alliances plus UN
  • Concerns about the physical environment
  • Fieldwork
Autumn
2nd half term
  • Coursework
  • Contested global influence
  • Influence on developing nations
  • Superpower futures
Winter
1st half term
  • TBC
Winter
2nd half term
  • TBC
Summer
1st half term
  • Revision
Summer
2nd half term
  • TBC

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Year 13 ( Physical Geography)

Term Topic
Autumn
1st half term
The Water Cycle and Water Insecurity
Drainage basin systems, water budgets,
Hydrographs and river regimes
Impacts of drought on human activity
Impact of drought on ecosystems
Water surplus & flooding
Impact of climate change on hydrology
Water Insecurity & sustainable futures
FIELDWORK
Autumn
2nd half term
Coursework
The Carbon Cycle and Energy Security:
Carbon in Ecosystems
Energy Security
Winter
1st half term
The Carbon Cycle and Energy Security:
Relience on fossil fuesl
Energy Pathways
Alternative energy sources
Threats from Human activity
Impacts on human wellbeeing
Planetary Risk & players
Winter
2nd half term
Revision
Summer
1st half term
Synoptic Assessment preparation
Summer
2nd half term
TBC

 
 
 

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