Humanities

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History


How do you know who you are unless you know where you've come from? How can you tell what's going to happen, unless you know what's happened before? History isn't just about the past. It's about why we are who we are and about what's next.

Tony Robinson, Actor and Television Presenter

Our mission is to impart a love of History to our students, to fire their curiosity about the past and help them to appreciate how this past has shaped our present. 

This is done by bringing the subject alive through trips, visiting speakers and active learning.

Year Group
Year 6
 
 
Year Group
Year 7
 
 
Year Group
Year 8
 
 
Topic
History Skills
Romans as Invaders
Romans as Settlers
Topic
Medieval Realms
Renaissance and Reformation
Industrial Revolution
Topic
1066
World War One
Holocaust
Description
Pupils learn the basic skills needed to study History.
Developing their use of chronology and using evidence to solve crimes.
We study how and why the Romans invaded and made Britain part of the Empire.
We do this by looking in detail at the Roman Army
and even receive a visit from a ‘friendly’ Roman soldier. 
How would life have changed once Britain was part of the Roman Empire?
Did it change for the better or for worse?
Description
We look at what life would be like for ordinary people.
Where would you live and work?
What would you believe in?
Could you get justice or would you even survive the common cold?
How did beliefs change in the sixteenth century?
What motivated people to set off on dangerous voyages of discovery or to study the stars and planets.
Why were some people accused of witchcraft?
Could they prove their innocence?
Just how awful were the working and living conditions for working people.
Why did the River Thames cause Parliament to close down?
How did one man stop people catching cholera?
The highlight of the topic being a visit to Quarry Bank Mill (a cotton mill from the Industrial Revolution).
Description
The year 1066 was one of the most tumultuous in British history.
We study the event of this important year and the ramification on Britain for centuries after.
“The war to end all wars”.
We look at the reasons why this war happened and the conditions it was fought in.
We also consider the impact it had on the lives of women and on our future peace!
How was one race of people indoctrinated into believing the ‘Final Solution’ was the right thing to do?
We look at how the life of a Jewish child would have changed beyond all recognition from 1933 to 1942.
How would we have survived in those circumstances?

 

Geography


Everything has to do with Geography.

 
Judy Mertz

 

Where we come from,
What we do
What we eat
How we move about
How we shape our future
are all directly the province 
of the geographer.

Everywhere’s been where it has ever been, since it was first put there. It’s called Geography.

 Terry Pratchett.

 

Year 6 Orienteering

Year Group
Year 6
 
 
Year Group
Year 7
 
 
Year Group
Year 8
 
 
Topic
My World
Map Skills
Rivers and Mountains
Topic
Tourism
Settlements
Hazards
Topic
World in Your Wardrobe
Ecosystems
Coasts
Description
Pupils learn about their world, continents, countries and famous landmarks.
Pupils will also learn about their local counties and areas.
Activities will range from orienteering to describing their journey to school.
Pupils learn how to use maps, understand their importance and also how to use the different grid references.
This term we will focus on improving their key skills in regards to spatial awareness.
This term, pupils focus on understanding the journey of a river from its source to the mouth.
Key conceptssuch as transportation, erosion, and deposition will be covered.
We will also look at famous rivers and their locations.
Description
Pupils learn about the importance of tourism and focus on the different types of tourism around the world.
Pupils will answer questions such as “Which are the more popular countries and why?” “Are there any differences between holidaying in a richer or poorer country?
This term focuses on the different types of settlements around the world.
How have they changed from the past to the present?, Pupils will understand concepts such as settlement hierarchies and patterns.
Pupils learn about theexciting topic of hazards including earthquakes, volcanoes and floods.
Pupils will understand the impacts of these hazards and the importance of the 3 P’s.
Description
Where do our clothes come from? Should we care? Why are most of our clothes made in Asia? How important is Globalisation?.
This is a new topic that encourages pupils to think more closely about their personal geography, where their clothes come from and its impact on them.
How do animals survive in the wild? What characteristics help these animals survive? What is a food chain? And how does it apply to an ecosystem?.
We will try to answer these questions and much more with Zoolab and Yorkshire Wildlife park visits.
Some areas of the British coast are suffering due to coastal erosion. What can be done?, Where are the worst areas? What will the coast look like in the future? What are the costs?

 

 

To introduce the new Year 6's to the amazing world of Geography at Scissett Middle School, they took part in an Orienteering course around the school. As you can see from the pictures, they had fun and learnt a great deal regarding important map skills such as compass directions and grid references.

Climate Challenge Week

To highlight the issue of climate challenge, every year, a selection of pupils from different years get together to come up with interesting ideas to aid the environment and reduce our carbon footprint.

Year 8 Zoo Lab

 

The Year 8’s will have their hands full with creepy crawlies in their Geography Ecosystems lesson. Pupils have been learning about different animals and insects found in the rainforest and their interesting adaptations.