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Secondary School (Bideford)

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students and their achievements."

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The main aim of teaching humanities is to help students develop their knowledge and understanding of the world they live in. Humanities teaches an appreciation of the complexity of people’s lives in the past and it highlights diversity, changes in societies to help develop a student’s own identity within the world they live in.  



Humanities will be delivered in a variety of ways, some examples being through class discussion, offsite visits, cross curricular teaching/activities, research, art, music and use of ICT.   

  • Humanities will link the national curriculum areas of study into a bespoke curriculum that will allow the students to become global citizens. 

  • Humanities will combine history and geography into topics that help students gain an understanding of key past historical events and time periods that have occurred throughout our land and other parts of the world and how that shapes the world we live in today. 

  • To understand key concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence and why the world has come to be the way it is as a result of past events. 

  • To be able to judge whether information is correct or biased. 



Humanities is a subject that helps students uncover the past and make sense of how and why the world has evolved the way it is.  Humanities has excellent cross curricular links and will help students develop their knowledge and abilities in other subjects.  This could be a famous artist, poet, musician or statistics from a major event. 

Through discussion and investigative work, humanities will help improve social, communication and interaction skill and help to develop confidence in a students’ ability to learn. 

Students will be aiming to gain formal qualifications if appropriate. 

Overall, the teaching of humanities will endeavour to help students gain the independence to understand the world they live in and help become a global citizen.