Humanities faculty

Head of faculty: Miss M Davis

KS3 Statement of Intent: History

The KS3 History curriculum aims to inspire students to become well rounded and passionate historians who think critically about the world they inhabit.

As a Suffolk-based school, where diversity is more limited than other areas; student’s beliefs are challenged with questions about the historical development of multiculturalism -both globally and nationally.

To effectively interact with the modern world an understanding of student’s own history, and that of those around them is essential. In their study of history, students consider a range of perspectives and develop the ability to make balanced arguments and well sustained judgements.

They develop an understanding of how our history forms our sense of identity and place in the world, and through studying a range of periods and people, become more empathetic and open-minded.

Through a knowledge-rich curriculum, students gain an in depth understanding of a range of events and issues throughout history, as well as building their historical literacy and conceptual understanding. This ensures students can positively encounter and understand the dynamics of the modern world.

Students learn to ask thoughtful questions and develop independent, analytical thinking as well as a passion for learning, ensuring they complete their history education as thoughtful academics.

Throughout KS3 there are many opportunities to build a foundation of knowledge to help embed knowledge and prepare them for their continued study of History at GCSE and beyond.

KS3 Statement of Intent: Geography (under review)

The aims of the KS3 Geography curriculum are that students should develop:

  • an understanding of human, physical and environmental geography
  • an empathy and understanding for people beyond the locality of Sudbury
  • a sound geographical knowledge of place, space and geographical concepts
  • an understanding of environmental issues and the sustainability of the planet
  • a range of geographical skills, including the ability to investigate, interpret, describe patterns, explain processes, assess impacts, make well balanced judgements and draw conclusions based on sound evidence – essentially, the ability to ‘think like a geographer’.

KS3 Statement of Intent: Politics, Beliefs and Society (PBS – under review)

This subject aims to motivate and enable young people to become thoughtful, active citizens.

In recognition of the national perceived lack of interest in current affairs, in this subject, students are provided with a deeper knowledge of democracy, government and law both locally and nationally. They develop the skills to create sustained and reasoned arguments, consider and present different viewpoints and plan practical citizenship actions to benefit society.

As a Suffolk-based school where diversity is more limited than in other areas, students are challenged with questions about different beliefs, values, meaning, purpose and truths, and are encouraged to develop an understanding and acceptance of the views of others, whilst considering their own attitudes towards a range of religious and societal issues. Students also develop an appreciation of how religion, philosophy and ethics form the basis of our culture.

This subject also develops student’s individual character, helping them to become strong, resilient and independent thinkers, who understand how to keep physically and mentally healthy. Students also develop transferable analytical and critical thinking skills, the ability to work with abstract ideas, leadership and research skills, all of which are valued in higher education and by employers.