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Humanities Overview

Integrated Humanities at The Derby High School helps students to understand some of the important issues facing them. These issues could be local issues, national issues and/or global issues. The course aims to give students a sense of identity and a real understanding of the world around them through discussion and reflection on a wide variety of issues and topics and enable young people to play an active, well-informed role in the community, and prepare them for further education and the world of work.



Ms C. Batten - BA (Hons) Theology Head of Humanities
Mr S. East - BA (Hons) History Teacher of History
Mrs J. Bowers - BA (Hons) English/RE Teacher of R.E
Mr B. White - BA (Hons) English Language and History Teacher of History
Miss L. Murphy - BA (Hons) Geography and English Teacher of Geography
Mr G. BrownTeacher of Humanities


What do we study?

Year 7

Culture and Beliefs, Environmental Issues, Conflict & Cooperation
Tourism, travel and leisure, Global Inequality, Places of pilgrimage with water

Year 8


Slavery a thing of the past or is it? Why are China and Israel important places? The fight against crime – what can be done? Cromwell and Jesus both controversial figures but why? Why should I be bothered about ecosystems?




Geography Overview

The study of geography stimulates an interest in and a sense of wonder about places. It helps young people make sense of a complex and dynamically changing world. It explains where places are, how places and landscapes are formed, how people and their environment interact, and how a diverse range of economies, societies and environments are interconnected. It builds on pupils’ own experiences to investigate places at all scales, from the personal to the global.



Mr T. Concannon BSc (Hons) Geography Teacher of Geography
Miss L. Murphy BA (Hons) Geography and English Teacher of Geography


What do we study?

Year 9

Development and Ghana-a study of less economically developed countries with a focus on the African country Ghana. Pupils gain an insight into poverty and why countries fail to develop as quickly as others.

Coasts - a study of coastal physical features. This topic acts as an introduction to the topic studied at GCSE level. Pupils learn how and why coast lines change shape.

Fashion - a study of where our clothes originate and the politics behind it. Pupils study why most clothes are manufactured in less developed countries and the affect this has on multinational corporations and the employees manufacturing the good.

Hazards - a study of the causes and effects of earthquakes and volcanoes. This topic acts as an introduction to the hazards topic studied for GCSE.

Water - a physical study of rivers and where our water comes from. Pupils learn about the hydrological cycle and the journey of a river.

Year 10

Managing Places in the 21st Century - The Urban Environment and The Coastal Environment.

Year 11

Hostile world and Investigating the shrinking world- Living with Natural Hazards and Tourism.

Local investigation including fieldwork and Geographical issue investigation


GCSE Components

Year 10: 37.5% & Year 11: 37.5%

Controlled Assessment: 25%




History Overview

Studying History gives the students a wider understanding of events that have shaped the world today. It also teaches them key skills that can be used in a wide range of other areas, such as examining evidence, creating well-structured arguments and explaining opinions and views in a clear and mature manner.



Mr S. East BA (Hons) History Teacher of History
Mr B. White BA (Hons) English Language and History Teacher of History


What do we study?

Year 9

The Causes of the First World War, Life in the Trenches, The Rise of Hitler, Britain during World War 2, The Holocaust, Events of History, Independent project – A chance to research a present an area of history that you are interested in.

Year 10 Medicine Through Time – A study of the history of medicine,

The Civil Rights Movement – Studying the efforts of black Americans to gain equality in the USA during the 1950s and 1960s.

Year 11

Germany 1919 – 1945 – Studying the effects of the First World War on Germany and how it almost destroyed the country.


GCSE Components

2 Exam papers: 75%

Controlled Assessment: 25%


R.E Overview

Religious Studies has been a long established subject at the Derby High School and it is the aim of this department to continue to develop respect for religious beliefs and moral values and enable pupils to develop and understanding of other races, cultures and religions. In this way they may learn respect for themselves and others, regardless of race, gender or creed.



Ms C. Batten BA (Hons) Theology Head of Humanities & Teacher of R.E

Mrs J. Bowers BA (Hons) English/RE

Teacher of R.E


What do we study?

Year 9

Can we find evidence of God in relation to Christianity? What happens when someone dies? Why are relationships important? Rites of Passage initiation & growing up, Wealth and Poverty,

Case study looking at an influential religious figure. What did Gandhi do?
Looking at Judaism as a case study, how does religion impact a community?

How do religions apply their teaching to an issue? Why was the Buddha an inspirational figure? How was the world created? Origins of the universe & sanctity of Life

Years 10 - 11

GCSE RE provides students with the opportunity to develop their knowledge, skills and understanding of religion by exploring the significance and impact of beliefs, teachings, sources, practices, ways of life and form of expressing meaning.

Islam and Judaism:
Beliefs and sources of authority
The Five Pillars
Personal lifestyle
Family life

Justice and equality.

Short Course GCSE R.E Years 10 & 11 study "Relationships", "Is it Fair?" "Looking for Meaning" and "Our World"


GCSE Components

AQA/WJEC - 50% Islam, 50% Judaism

(WJEC Short Course Spec B for Short Course R.E)