We see the learning of a foreign language not just as a useful skill for a future career or to enhance a leisure pursuit but also as an insight into how language functions and how other cultures compare and contrast with our own. This allows it to blend in with the humanities subjects within the faculty and enhance other aspects of the wider curriculum.
In the Middle School pupils study both French and Spanish with a focus on the key skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking, in line with the new GCSE requirements. At the end of Year 8, the students take their GCSE options and they are encouraged to continue with at least one language for GCSE. We follow the AQA specifications and in keeping with the personalised approach to learning, pupils are entered at the GCSE level appropriate to their needs and ability.
In the Middle school, we study an enhanced version of the National Curriculum with the focus being to increase the pupils’ capacity to evaluate evidence from the past and encourage them to use historical sources critically. They will be encouraged to undertake independent research using a variety of sources including primary evidence, Internet, libraries, oral History etc and feedback their findings via a variety of different methods.
History is a very popular option subject for GCSE and in Year 9, we study the AQA Modern World History (Specification B). From September 2015 this will change to AQA History which includes a 1000 year thematic study and a study of an historical environment.
It is the aim that all pupils shall acquire knowledge and understanding of places, processes and issues and develop a range of Geographical enquiry skills.
In the Middle school, to achieve this, students will be taught, guided and supported; offered a broad and balanced curriculum conforming to but exceeding the National requirements; and through appropriate resourcing ensure equality of opportunity for all. Students have the option at the end of Year 8 to continue with Geography as a GCSE choice where they will follow AQA Geography.
Head of the Faculty of Languages and Humanities: Mr John Lee
Mrs Willamina (Ina) Taylor (Geography)
Miss Sarah Rawstron (History)
Miss Lisa Fleming (French)
Ms Sarah Marriott (First School Language Teacher)
Mrs Lynne McVeigh (Teaching Assistant)
All subjects within the faculty are taught by specialist teachers from Year 5 up to Year 11. We believe that every child should be given the opportunity to develop his/her potential in the widest field possible. If a pupil does encounter difficulties, thanks to our small class sizes, help is readily available and solutions can be adapted to suit each student.
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