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In Humanities we are: curious, open-minded and deep thinking, so we become informed global citizens.


Humanities at Ivanhoe includes History, Geography and Beliefs & Ethics (RE). These subjects are vital to help our young people understand and make sense of our world and their place in it, so that they can confidently make positive contributions to our society. In an information age, it is vital that that our students can analyse and evaluate evidence and research effectively, as well as understand and respect differing viewpoints. Humanities supports and develops these crucial thinking skills.

History and Geography is taught by subject specialists and Beliefs and Ethics is shared by the team. 

  • We aim to give our young people the skills and knowledge to support them in understanding their world on their journey to excellence in whatever area of life they find themselves in.
  • We aim to help them identify the important issues, solve problems, present clear arguments which are supported by well chosen evidence and to have confidence to challenge assumptions effectively.
  • We aim to support students in learning from the past, experiencing the present and considering the future.
  • We aim to allow all students to enjoy lessons and develop an enthusiasm for the subject
  • We aim to challenge students to develop their thinking skills
  • We aim to develop skills of enquiry and evaluation
  • We aim to create independent learners who are resourceful, resilient and reflective

 

How does Humanities link to SMSC and PLTS?

Spiritual:

  • beliefs, religious or otherwise, which inform their perspective on life and their interest in and respect for different people’s feelings and values.
  • sense of enjoyment and fascination in learning about themselves, others and the world around them, including the intangible
  • use imagination and creativity in their learning
  • willingness to reflect on their experiences

Moral:

  • ability to recognise the difference between right and wrong and their readiness to apply this understanding in their own lives
  • understanding of the consequences of actions
  • interest in investigating, and offering reasoned views about, moral and ethical issues and current affairs.

Social:

  • use of a range of social skills in different contexts, including working and socialising with pupils from different religious, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds 
  • willingness to participate in a variety of social settings, cooperating well with others and being able to resolve conflicts effectively 
  • interest in, and understanding of, the way communities and societies function at a variety of levels.

Cultural:

  • understanding and appreciation of the wide range of cultural influences that have shaped their own heritage
  • willingness to participate in, and respond to, for example, artistic, musical, sporting, mathematical, technological, scientific and cultural opportunities
  • interest in exploring, understanding of, and respect for cultural diversity and the extent to which they understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity, as shown by their attitudes towards different religious, ethnic and socio-economic groups in the local, national and global communities.

PLTS

  • Skills are practised in lessons across the department and are highlighted on individual resources.

How does Humanities make use of Curriculum Enrichment Days?

  • Yr 7 Warwick Castle – students get to experience life as it would have been in the Middle Ages and see how a castle would have been attacked and defended.
  • Yr 8 Leicester Cultural Experience – students get to experience the variety of rich, diverse cultures in Leicester and meet people of differing beliefs.
  • Yr 9 Beth Shalom Holocaust Centre – not only an awe-inspiring museum and memorial, but the opportunity to meet a holocaust survivor.

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