At the Darley Centre we believe that the Humanities curriculum is a tool for expanding a student’s experience of everyday life. The acquirement of enquiry and research skills, along with factual knowledge facilitates students with the ability to think widely, consider the opinions and experiences of others and reflect upon their own. A range of life skills will be forged through developing an appreciation of the historical and geographical basis of the curriculum giving students access to anything they wish to explore. Students will develop their understanding of what it means to be a citizen of the world, recognising consequences of decisions taken in the past, analysing a variety of sources of information and broadening their cultural awareness.


Our KS3 curriculum aims to close the gap between students at the Darley Centre and their mainstream peers. To this end our aim is to provide students with the skills necessary to become literate, confident enquirers by developing their knowledge and understanding of Humanities, principally History and Geography.


We achieve this by:-

  • Helping students develop a positive attitude towards Humanities subjects.
  • Developing students’ confidence and competence in factual knowledge, concepts and skills.
  • Creating a sufficiently safe environment to encourage risk taking, acknowledging that we can learn from making errors.
  • Encouraging talk and discussion to explore ideas and enabling students to learn from each other.
  • Developing student’s vocabulary with the ability to read, organise and interpret a variety of sources and diagrams.
  • Collect, analyse and present data in an appropriate format.
  • Evaluate a range of evidential sources and draw substantiated conclusions.
  • Using games to present facts and concepts in a fun and engaging way.
  • Setting challenging targets with high expectations for all students.
  • Offering a variety of approaches to teaching and learning to engage and motivate students and demand their active participation.
  • Enabling students to apply their skills of enquiry, research and recall to other areas of the curriculum and real life.




Prior to each topic, a summative assessment is completed to demonstrate and evaluate prior knowledge. This is then repeated at the end of the topic to show progress made within that specific topic area. Numeracy and Literacy skills will be monitored in line with the Maths and English Curriculum plans for elements such as data analysis, presentation, extended writing and Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPaG).


Humanities lessons are 45 minute sessions and delivered as a group lesson with work differentiated as required. Topics are designed for half term coverage and a balanced 3 year cycle adheres to the National Curriculum for KS3 requirements.


  • Learning objectives are displayed, explained and referred to throughout the lesson
  • A variety of teaching and learning styles are used
  • Lessons are differentiated to meet individuals’ needs
  • A rigorous system of AFL is used to inform teacher planning and pupil learning (See marking policy)

Cross curricular links: –

The Humanities curriculum is designed to link to other subjects in a variety of ways: English – reading for meaning, deduction; writing for a range of purposes

Maths and Science – data analysis and presentation, drawing of charts and graphs

Art – cultural exploration and creation of own work using eg African masks as inspriation

This pedagogical approach provides students with the opportunity to link concepts and skills that they have studied in other subjects to Humanities and vice versa.  In turn this allows students to gain a greater appreciation of Humanities by ensuring that Humanities is relevant within all subject areas.

The Role of the subject leader


  • To take the lead in policy development.
  • To support colleagues.
  • To monitor progress in Humanities e.g. leading staff CPD, scrutiny of work, analysis of formal assessment data.
  • To take responsibility for the choice, purchase and organisation of resources.
  • To be familiar with current thinking concerning the teaching of Humanities, and to disseminate to colleagues.
  • The subject leader will be responsible to the Head teacher.


Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Cycle 1

Our Living World

The First World War and the peace settlement.

Our Physical World

A study in depth into a significant turning point: The Industrial Revolution.

Introduction to the UK

The Norman Conquest.

Cycle 2


The English Reformation and Counter Reformation – Henry V111 – Mary 1.

Physical landscapes in the UK

China’s Qing dynasty 1644-1911.

Global Issues

The inter war years: The Great Depression and the rise of dictators.

Cycle 3

Weather and climate in the UK

Britain’s Transatlantic Slave Trade: its effects and abolition.

The people of the UK

The Second World War and the Wartime Leadership of Winston Churchill.

World cities

A depth study: India, a British Empire case study.

Humanities Plan

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