Humanities

Head of Faculty: Mrs S Rahman

The Humanities Faculty includes the subjects of Geography, History & Philosophy, Religion and Ethics (PRE).  We are made up of eight History specialists and eight Geography specialists and amongst the team we also have five Religion and Philosophy teachers.  We are very proud to offer a rich and diverse curriculum across all key stages and are passionate about giving our young people the best possible start to understanding a range of world views and perspectives across all three disciplines.

The Humanities curriculum aims to build a strong community of enquirers that will encourage our students to feel inspired to learn beyond the curriculum and never be afraid to ask questions so that they become well informed citizens of the world. All students at Denbigh are taught Geography, History and PRE 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.  In Year 10, students can choose to study, as part of their wider GCSE options, GCSE Religious Studies and Geography or History.  All of our subjects are offered at A Level.

We have a very successful record of students leaving Denbigh to continue their studies in a Humanities subject at Universities across the country, including recent students studying History at both Oxford and Cambridge and Geography at Cambridge, as well as at many of the leading Russell Group Universities for example, Theology at King’s College London.

We are an ambitious Faculty with a strong team of subject specialists.  We wish to instil in our students a hunger and thirst for knowledge of the world’s past, present and future and to have the confidence to go out into society and face challenging issues with humility.  Below you will find more information about each subject.  We have designed our curriculum based on the following principles:

  • Diversity - to reflect the diverse student body of the Denbigh community and teach our students to respect and value difference as well as being confident in their own perspectives.
  • Inclusivity - we want all our students to feel included in the stories we share so that they can build a strong community together for a better future.
  • Powerful knowledge – we want our students to be exposed to powerful knowledge so that they have an influence in society and confidence in entering discussions and debates in different spaces without feeling intimidated.
  • Freethinking – we aim to strengthen their intellectual resilience and give them the tools to confidently challenge and reflect on complex problems to help them become reflective citizens.


Curriculum:

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

  Geography History PRE
Year 7 History, Geography and PRE
Year 8 History, Geography and PRE
Year 9 GCSE Geography GCSE History GCSE Philosophy and Ethics (RS)
Year 10 GCSE Geography GCSE History GCSE Philosophy and Ethics (RS)
Year 11 GCSE Geography GCSE History GCSE Philosophy and Ethics (RS)
Year 12 A level Geography A level History A level Philosophy and Ethics (RS)
Year 13 A level Geography A level History A level Philosophy and Ethics (RS)

 

Extra Curricular

As a Faculty we offer an extraordinary extra-curricular programme that takes our students beyond the curriculum.  We offer many clubs and trips which give our students rich cultural experiences outside of the classroom.  Our extra-curricular activities include the Magistrates Court Competition, the Bar Mock Trial Competition, the Family Court Competition, Eco schools Satellite Group, Youth SACRE Satellite Group, the Holocaust Memorial Ambassadors group, Black History club, History Club and Philosophy club.

We also offer many trips.  The History Team takes all Year 7 students to Warwick Castle and Year 11 students to different historical places such as, The Globe theatre, Hardwick Hall and National Maritime Museum.  There have also been visits to the Battlefields in France and the Imperial War Museum.  The Geography Team offer fieldwork days and in the past students have visited Bournemouth, Birmingham and conducted local studies here in Milton Keynes.  Our GCSE students have the opportunity to attend residential trips to Berlin (History Y10) and Barcelona (Geography Y10).  Our GSCE Philosophy students visit the British Library to take part in the sacred texts workshop, the British Museum to explore the galleries of European History, Islamic civilization and Ancient Indian civilization. They will also visit St. Paul’s Cathedral and Regent’s Park Mosque and get the opportunity to attend Philosophy conferences in Cambridge or Oxford.

In the Sixth Form, Geography students go to Birmingham and St Margaret’s Bay for fieldwork opportunities in Year 12. Year 13 students have a residential trip to the Lake District to complete their coursework. Philosophy and Ethics students will attend academy conferences in Oxford and Cambridge every year to listen to renown scholars and get the opportunity to meet and engage in debates with students from some of our most prestigious private schools in the country.

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Year 7

Term Subjects
History Geography PRE
Autumn
1st half term
What is History? Introduction to Geography Introduction to Philosophy (The Greeks)
Autumn
2nd half term
Ancient History What is our local environment? God and Judaism
Winter
1st half term
Revolution African Study (Physical) Old and New Testament
Winter
2nd half term
Democracy African Study (Physical) Church History and Jesus
Summer
1st half term
Empires and migration Geographical processes Muhammad (PBUH) and early Islam
Summer
2nd half term
Impact of migration Impact on the physical environment Religious influences on Art, Music and Science

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Year 8

Term Subjects
History Geography PRE
Autumn
1st half term
Protest Does place matter? God in Hinduism
Autumn
2nd half term
Protest Globalisation and borders Buddhism
Winter
1st half term
Conflict Volcanoes Philosophy: Life after Death
Winter
2nd half term
Slavery Rivers Enquiry Buddhism and Ethics
Summer
1st half term
Role of women Development in different societies Introduction to Sikhism
Summer
2nd half term
Has History failed women? Development – solutions Environmental Ethics

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Year 9 (History GCSE)

Term Topic
Autumn
1st half term
  • Conflict & Tension
  • Peacemaking to the collapse of the League
Autumn
2nd half term
  • Conflict & Tension Origins and outbreak of 2nd WW
Winter
1st half term
  • Germany 1890-1945
  • Growth of democracy
Winter
2nd half term
  • Germany 1890-1945
  • Germany & the depression
Summer
1st half term
  • Germany 1890-1945 Germany under the Nazis
Summer
2nd half term
  • Germany 1890-1945 and Revision activities on Conflict & Tension and Germany - Complete Germany.

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Year 9 (Geography GCSE)

Term Topic
Autumn
1st half term
  • Geographical skills & Physical geography of the UK
Autumn
2nd half term
  • Rivers – processes, landforms, management of flooding
Winter
1st half term
  • Rivers to complete
  • Urban – urbanisation, megacities. Opportunities & challenges of living in a NEE megacity
Winter
2nd half term
  • Urban – opportunities & challenges of living in a HIC city. Regeneration and sustainable living
Summer
1st half term
  • Ecosystems – structure and distribution
  • Tropical Rainforests
Summer
2nd half term
  • Hot Desert ecosystems
  • Revision and exams

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Year 9 (Philosophy, Religion & Ethics GCSE)

Term Topic
Autumn
1st half term
  • Christian beliefs and teachings
Autumn
2nd half term
  • Christian beliefs and teachings
Winter
1st half term
  • Islamic beliefs and teachings
Winter
2nd half term
  • Islamic beliefs and teachings
Summer
1st half term
  • Christian practices
Summer
2nd half term
  • Christian practices

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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 (Philosophy, Religion & Ethics GCSE)

Term Topic
Autumn
1st half term
  • Islamic practices
Autumn
2nd half term
  • Philosophy: Existence of God
Winter
1st half term
  • Philosophy: Existence of God
Winter
2nd half term
  • Ethics: Relationships and families
Summer
1st half term
  • Ethics: Relationships and families
Summer
2nd half term
  • Ethics: Religion Peace and Conflict

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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 GCSE)

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 GCSE)

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
Revision- All Topics

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Year 11 (Philosophy, Religion & Ethics GCSE)

Term Topic
Autumn
1st half term
  • Ethics: Religion Peace and Conflict
Autumn
2nd half term
  • Philosophy: Dialogue
Winter
1st half term
  • Philosophy: Dialogue
Winter
2nd half term
  • Revision
Summer
1st half term
  • Revision
Summer
2nd half term
  • Exams

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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 ( Geography A Level)

Term Topic Physical
Autumn
1st half term
  • Globalisation
  • Political and economic decision making
  • Degree of globalisation differs
  • TNCs and their role
  • Switch on - switch off
  • Coastal Landscapes and change
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
  • Coastal landscapes and change
Winter
1st half term
  • Regenerating places
  • Classification of economies
  • Differences in employment and economic activity
  • Functions and characteristics change over time
  • Connections
  • The Water Cycle and water insecurities
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
  • The Water Cycle and water insecurities
Summer
1st half term
  • Revision
  • The Carbon Cycle and Energy Security
Summer
2nd half term
  • Start Year 2 topics
  • Superpower geography
  • The Carbon Cycle and Energy Security

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Year 12 (Philosophy & Ethics A Level)

Term Philosophy Ethics
Autumn
1st half term
  • Ancient Philosophical Influences - Plato and Aristotle
  • Soul, Mind and Body
  • Normative Ethical Theories:
  • Natural law
  • Situation ethics
Autumn
2nd half term
  • Teleological Argument
  • Cosmological Argument
  • Ontological Argument
  • Kantian Ethics
  • Utilitarianism
Winter
1st half term
  • Prophecy and Revelation
  • God and philosophy
  • Application of ethical theories
  • Euthanasia
  • Business ethics
Winter
2nd half term
  • Religious Experience
  • Evil and suffering
  • Tradition
  • The Shariah
Summer
1st half term
  • Human Destiny
  • Revision
  • Sufism
  • Revision
Summer
2nd half term
  • Attributes of God
  • Conscience
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Year 12 (History A Level)

Term Teacher A Teacher B
Autumn
1st half term
Russia – Intro, lifestyle in 1917, social structure, Lenin, Stalin, Khrushchev, Brezhnev French Wars, Crimea
Autumn
2nd half term
Russia- NEP, Collectivisation, War Communism, 5 year plans Boer War, WW1
Winter
1st half term
Russia- Reform of agriculture, Reform of industry, Media/Propaganda, Personality cults Breadth 1 – organising the military
Winter
2nd half term
Russia- secret police, Andropov, Suppression of dissidents, culture, the welfare state, Breadth 2 – role of the people
Summer
1st half term
Russia- Downfall of the USSR, Revision Revision of warfare unit
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 A Level)

Term Teacher A Teacher B
Autumn
1st half term
China Coursework
Autumn
2nd half term
China Coursework
Winter
1st half term
China Coursework / revision for Russia and Mao (to include differences between AS and A2)
Winter
2nd half term
China Revision for Russia and Mao
Summer
1st half term
Revision Revision for Russia and Mao
Summer
2nd half term
  • N/A
 
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Year 13 (Philosophy & Ethics A Level)

Term Group 1 Group 2
Autumn
1st half term
  • Religious Language: Twentieth century philosophical perspectives
  • Meta-ethics (Ethical language and thought)
Autumn
2nd half term
  • Religious Language: Negative, Analogical or Symbolic
  • Science and Islamic Philosophy
  • Sexual ethics
  • Gender equality
Winter
1st half term
  • Justice and Liberation
  • Tolerance
Winter
2nd half term
  • Islam and the State
  • Islam and Europe
Summer
1st half term
  • Revision
  • Revision
Summer
2nd half term
  • Exams
  • Exams
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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 (Geography A Level)

Term Human Topic
Autumn
1st half term
Tectonics The Water Cycle and Water Insecurity
Autumn
2nd half term
Tectonics The Carbon Cycle and Energy Security:
Winter
1st half term
The carbon cycle Coursework
Winter
2nd half term
The carbon cycle Coursework
Summer
1st half term
Revision Revision
Summer
2nd half term
Exams Exams

 
 
 

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