Hednesford Valley High

Hednesford Vallery High School

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Curriculum - Humanities


Autumn Term

Year 7 - European Capital Cities - Students will identify capital cities of Europe, locate and name the countries which make up the British Isles and locate their capital cities.

Year 8 – Capital Cities Around the World - Students examine capital cities around the world.


Spring Term

Year 7 – UK Rivers, Lakes and Coasts - Students will examine and locate UK rivers, lakes and coasts they will understand how the water system works and how it affects our environment.

Year 8 – Environments around the world - Students examine how fair trade has improved the economy for the growers of produce and how recycling can help the environment locally, nationally and internationally.


Summer Term

Year 7 - Urban and Rural Areas - Students will study urban areas and compare them to rural areas, they will discuss the differences between the two and the advantages of living in each area compared to the disadvantages.

Year 8 – Human Impact on the Environment - Students will examine how human impact has changed the environment, they will learn about how countries such as India and China have developed rapidly and the environmental impact of such economic growth.



Autumn Term

Year 7 – Chronology - Students learn enquiry skills, chronology and beyond living memory (comparing past/present).  They look in depth at how life was for children 100 years ago and how life has changed since.  Students will examin the effects of the two World Wars and the changes there have been.

Year 8 – Tudors - Students will learn about the Tudors.  Who was Henry VIII, What were Henry’s problems/solutions? Why did Henry make himself head of the Church of England? Why did Henry close down the monasteries? Who was Edward VI? What did he do in his life? Who was Bloody Mary? Why was Elizabeth I a successful queen? What was life like in England in 1500's? How poor were the poor? What was their lifestyle? How rich were the rich? What was their lifestyle? Students will learn about the differences between Catholics and Protestants.


Spring Term

Year 7 – Romans - Students will learn about the Romans and Ancient Rome.  The students will explore the expansion of the Roman Empire and how the Romans bought change to Europe and the developments we still use today.

Year 8 – The Civil War - Students will examine why the Civil War broke out in 1642.  They will look at who fought who and what the Roundheads and Cavaliers used for weapons.  They will examine what life was like during the Civil War and why the English executed their king.  The students will learn about who Oliver Cromwell was and what he did.


Summer Term

Year 7 – Normans - Students learn about the Normans.  Who was Edward the confessor? Who were the contenders for the throne? Why were Harold and William left to contend? What was the battle of Hastings? Why did William win the battle of Hastings? How did the Normans control the English? How the Normans dealt with the rebels.

Year 8 – Industrial Revolution - Students will examine the Industrial Revolution. They will learn how Britain changed between 1750 and 1900? (For example the population, work, education, health and the vote).  Why the British industry was so successful? Who was successful during the industrial revolution e.g. Josiah Wedgwood/Richard Arkwright (opportunity to do local study). What the conditions like in factories for example child labour.


Religious Education

Autumn Term

Year 7 – Holy Signs and Symbols - Students will learn about the importance of holy signs and symbols looking in particular at the Cross (Christianity), Wheel of Life (Buddhism), Aum (Hinduism), Star and Crescent (Islam), Menorah (Judaism), Khanda (Sikhism)

Year 8 – Hinduism - Students will examine the Hindu faith.  They will discuss the traditions of the faith, the beliefs and teachings and their practices way of life.  Students will examine the importance of the Hajj to the Hinduism faith.

Year 9 – Life Cycles - Students will learn about life cycles in each religion. They will learn how different religions celebrate birth, what the different creation stories in each of the main religions and what each religion believes about death.  There will be a focus on practices, values and commitment, identity, diversity and belonging.

Year 10 – Christianity - The students will study the Christian faith in depth.  They will focus on the Christian beliefs and practice, the Bible  and the 10 commandments.  Students will learn about what praying means to Christians and who the religious figures of authority are.  Students will explore the main Christian festivals and events and the key Christian objects and symbols.


Spring Term

Year 7 – Christianity - Students will learn about the beliefs and practices of Christians.  They will learn what the Holy Book is and about the 10 commandments.  They will explore what praying mean to Christians. Students will learn who the religious figures of authority are and about the main Christian festivals and events.

Year 8 – Religious Celebrations - Students will examine the importance of different religious celebrations.  They look at the celebrations from the Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Sikh and Buddhist faiths.  They will discuss why celebrations are important, and how and why they are celebrated.  Students will look at what it means to belong to a family and groups both in and out of school and what it means to belong to a religious community and how do our actions reflect our values?

Year 9 – Judaism -  The focus of the term is Identity, Diversity and belonging.  The students will learn about the history of Judaism and their core beliefs are about God. They will learn about the key events in the life of Moses and his importance to Jews.  There will be a focus on how and why Passover is celebrated today? Students will also learn about Synagogues and compare them to other religious buildings.

Year 10 – Holy Days and Pilgrimages - Students will learn about the different types of religious Pilgrimages, they will examine Festivals/Holy Days.  Students will learn about Holy Books and why they lead to Pilgrimages. Students will be able to identify times that have personal significance to themselves and others, consider the religious importance of special occasions and be able to identify special buildings in which the celebrations should take place.


Summer Term

Year 7 – Hinduism - There will be a focus on what Hindu’s believe and their four main goals in life.  They will learn about the Hindu Gods and where the Hindu’s worship.  They will look at the important objects in Hinduism and their Holy books.  They will also examine the importance of food in the Hindu religion and their dress code.  There is a specific focus in the topic of morals.

Year 8 – Buddhism - Students will examine the Buddhist core beliefs, who Buddah is, what is the path to enlightenment is and what Buddhists believe about Karma.  Students will learn if Buddhists believe in reincarnation and what the features of temples/shrines are. Students will learn about how Buddhists worship and their morals.

Year 9 – Sikhism - Students will learn about Sikhism values and commitments.  In the topic students will learn about what Sikhs believe in, the 5Ks are about Guru Nanak.  Students will learn about how a Gurdwara is laid out and why is it important.  The students will then discuss who is important in the Sikh community and what the important symbols are.

Year 10 – Entry Level Certificate - Students will start their Entry Level qualification on the topic of Roman Catholics focusing particularly on their beliefs, ways of life, diversity and belonging and their values and commitments.


Travel and Tourism

Key Stage Four students have the option to study Travel and Tourism to gain a BTEC Level 1 qualification.  

The units of work they study include how to conduct ourselves at work, how we have rights and responsibilities in a work place, how to be responsible for other peoples money.  In the final unit students plan and take part in a visit outside of school.  All of the coursework is marked within school and verified externally.