Humanities and outdoor activities
In September 2018 we launched an exciting new change to the curriculum. One half day of each week year 7 and 8 pupils participate in outdoor activities which aim to improve their ability to work in teams, build confidence and engage within school. As part of this day the pupils also study Humanities in the “real world”.
The Outdoor and Adventurous Activities that our pupils undertake, aim to enhance the learning provided in Humanities lessons. During year 7 our pupils Develop their understanding of physical and human Geography including map-work skills. They build on this knowledge later in the term identifying climate and weather and move on to learn about History of the United Kingdom. This is enhanced by developing skills off site in Mountain Biking, Geocaching, Orienteering and in the Summer term, Water Sports activities.
Our pupils build on the Geographical Knowledge gained in year 7 by learning about rivers of the world, plastic pollution and natural disasters. They also undertake a project about World War 2 which involve travelling to several museums and then developing an understanding of different religions. This work is underpinned by our work off site including Camp-craft, Outdoor and Adventurous Activities, Mountain Biking and Fishing.
Student quotes - Humanities Trips
D; "I really enjoyed it. i can now do the figure of eight knot and the stop knot".
J: "It was amazing! I can now get to the very top of the wall".
B: It was a thrilling experience. Thanks to rock climbing, I am officially not afraid of heights any more".
"J has loved OAA, he has gained confidence and likes to help others. He thrives on new adventures, writes where he has been in his diary."
"D really enjoys OAA. The text reminders of what they need are really helpful."
"A is always really positive about his time and is really keen to take part. He talks in depth about all activities and can't wait for the next one to come round, a real positive day."
"A always comes home telling me how much he enjoys OAA days and considering he doesn't like small spaces, the caving activity has really helped him."
"Humanities has really boosted R's confidence, which I think has helped him not only in Humanities but in every lesson. He enjoys every Humanities lesson and is doing things now that he would have never considered before."
"F has had some amazing opportunities in Humanities and has been encouraged to push his boundaries."