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Humanities Faculty

Humanities

Humanities is one of the largest and most popular faculties at Sponne, with specialist staff teaching a diverse range of subjects related to the world and people around us . Humanities subjects include: History, Geography, Religious Studies, Travel & Tourism, PSHE, Sociology, Psychology and Health and Social Care. As part of the Year 7 curriculum, students also study Learning-to-Learn in their Humanities lessons.

Humanities can be described as the study of the many ways in which people, from every period of history and from every corner of the globe, process and document the human experience.

Since humans have been able, we have used philosophy, literature, religion, art, music, history and language to understand and record our world. These modes of expression have become the Humanities subjects we teach today. Knowledge of these records of human experience gives us the opportunity to feel a sense of connection to those who have come before us, as well as to our contemporaries.

Humanities students are attractive to many future employers because of their personal transferable skills. Many of the skills that are gained during Humanities lessons are highly sought after in almost every area of employment. In Humanities lessons, students will gain experience of summarising, arguing and debating issues as well as presenting their work in a variety of ways.

The Humanities faculty at Sponne develops independent, enquiring, confident minds, well-prepared to meet any future challenge.


PSHE

Personal, Social, Health, Education (PSHE) is part of the Humanities Faculty and is taught to all students, in mixed ability groups, once a fortnight. PSHE lessons are taught mainly by PSHE specialists supported by other members of the Humanities faculty. The curriculum includes Careers and Financial Education and delivery is supported by external providers, organisations such as the School Nurse Team and local employers.

The content of the curriculum is designed to support students in their personal development and to reflect what it is like growing up in modern Britain. The curriculum supports the school’s commitment to SMSC, British Values and Wellbeing and therefore changes dependent on the needs of the students. We aim to engage and inspire our students to be passionate about the world in which they live and inquisitive about their place within it. 

Students learn to be effective problem-solvers and risk-managers and are encouraged to question, think, and reflect, not to pre-judge; to be confident in their opinions and not to be afraid to have their opinion challenged by others.

The current Programme of Study for PSHE is as follows:

Year 7

Unit 1: Building Relationships (British Values 4 - Teaching about Mutual Respect & Tolerance) 
Unit 2: Puberty (RSE Education)
Unit 3: Health Challenge (Drug Education)
Unit 4: Work of Work (Careers Education, British Values 4 - Teaching about Mutual Respect & Tolerance)

Year 8

Unit 1: Healthy Lifestyles (Wellbeing)
Unit 2: Careers Choices (Careers Education)
Unit 3: Solvents & Volatile Substance Abuse (Drug Education)
Unit 4: Fraud Awareness (Financial Education, Internet Safety & Harms, British Values 2 - Teaching about the rule of Law)
Unit 5: Health Relationships (RSE Education, British Values 4 – Teaching about Mutual Respect & Tolerance)

Year 9

Unit 1: Politics (Citizenship, British Values 1 - Teaching about Democracy & 2 - Teaching about the rule of Law)
Unit 2: Critical Thinking (Internet Safety & Harms, British Values 4 – Teaching about Mutual Respect & Tolerance)
Unit 3: Healthy Relationships & Contraception (RSE Education, British Values 2 - Teaching about the rule of Law & 4 - Teaching about Mutual Respect & Tolerance)
Unit 3: Gangs, Guns & Knives(Citizenship, British Values 2 - Teaching about the rule of Law & 4 - Teaching about Mutual Respect & Tolerance)

Year 10

Unit 1: Sexual Health (RSE Education, British Values 4 - Teaching about Mutual Respect & Tolerance) 
Unit 2: Cannabis, Cocaine & NPS (Drugs Education, British Values 2 – Teaching about the Rule of Law)
Unit 3: Preparing for Work Experience (Careers Education)
Unit 4: Financial Awareness (Financial Education, Citizenship, British Values 2 - Teaching about the rule of Law)

Year 11

Unit1: Post-16 Choices (Careers Education)
Unit 2: ‘Really’ (Emotional Wellbeing)
Unit 3: Topical Issues (RSE Education, Drugs Education, Citizenship, British Values 2 - Teaching about the rule of Law & 4 - Teaching about Mutual Respect & Tolerance)

Year 12

Unit 1: Driver Awareness/Safety (Citizenship, British Values 2 - Teaching about the rule of Law) Unit 2: Healthy Relationships (RSE Education, British Values 4 - Teaching about Mutual Respect & Tolerance) 
Unit 3: Terrorism/Extremism (Citizenship, British Values 1 - Teaching about Democracy, 2 - Teaching about the rule of Law, 3 - Teaching about Individual Liberty & 4 - Teaching about Mutual Respect & Tolerance)
Unit 4: Post -18 Options (Careers Education)

Year 13

Unit 1: Finance for Life (Financial Education)
Unit 2: Importance of Voting (Citizenship, British Values 1 - Teaching about Democracy & 2 - Teaching about the rule of Law)
Unit 3: Topical Issues (Citizenship, British Values 2 – Teaching about the rule of law)

Over the course of 2019 the curriculum will be being developed to take into account the Statutory Requirements for ‘Relationships education, relationships and sex education (RSE) and health education’ which come into force in September 2020. For further information on this please follow this link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/relationships-education-relationships-and-sex-education-rse-and-health-education

The Tutorial Programme supports the PSHE curriculum and is organised by the relevant Progress Learning Leader.

 

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Northamptonshire
NN12 6DJ

Telephone: 01327 350284