Strategic Lead for Humanities: Mrs L. Bloomfield | (based at Kirkburton Middle School)

Second in Department: Mrs R. Pocock |

Click here to see how British Moral Values are taught in Humanities.


Our mission is to impart a love of History to our students, to fire their curiosity about the past and help them to appreciate how this past has shaped our present. 

This is done by bringing the subject alive through trips, visiting speakers and active learning.

What do we study?

Year 6


History Skills
Pupils learn the basic skills needed to study History. 
Developing their use of chronology and using evidence to solve crimes.
Romans as Invaders
We study how and why the Romans invaded and made Britain part of the Empire.
We do this by looking in detail at the Roman Army
and even receive a visit from a ‘friendly’ Roman soldier. 
Romans as Settlers
How would life have changed once Britain was part of the Roman Empire?
Did it change for the better or for worse?


Year 7

Topic Description
1066 The year 1066 was one of the most tumultuous in British history.
We study the event of this important year and the ramification on Britain for centuries after.

Medieval Realms

We look at what life would be like for ordinary people.
Where would you live and work?
What would you believe in?
Could you get justice or would you even survive the common cold?
Renaissance and Reformation      How did beliefs change in the sixteenth century?
What motivated people to set off on dangerous voyages of discovery or to study the stars and planets.
Why were some people accused of witchcraft?
Could they prove their innocence?


Year 8

Topic Description
1066 The year 1066 was one of the most tumultuous in British history.
We study the event of this important year and the ramification on Britain for centuries after.
Civil War

"The world turned upside down"
What caused a country to go to war with itself?  What would force families to fight; fathers against sons and brothers against brothers?

World War One        “The war to end all wars”.
We look at the reasons why this war happened and the conditions it was fought in.
We also consider the impact it had on the lives of women and on our future peace!

Careers in this subject

  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Police
  • Museums
  • Architecture
  • Historic buildings
  • Performing arts and the media


In Geography we aim to develop a respect and responsibility for the environment around them and to consider how they can help to look after our world.

What do we study?

Year 6

Topic Description
My World
Pupils learn about their world, continents, countries and famous landmarks. 
Pupils will also learn about their local counties and areas. 
Activities will range from orienteering to describing their journey to school.
Map Skills
Pupils learn how to use maps, understand their importance and also how to use the different grid references. 
This term we will focus on improving their key skills in regards to spatial awareness.
Rivers and Mountains
This term, pupils focus on understanding the journey of a river from its source to the mouth. 
Key concepts such as transportation, erosion, and deposition will be covered. 
We will also look at famous rivers and their locations.

Year 7

Topic Description
Tourism Pupils learn about the importance of tourism and focus on the different types of tourism around the world. 
Pupils will answer questions such as “Which are the more popular countries and why?” “Are there any differences between holidaying in a richer or poorer country?
Settlements This term focuses on the different types of settlements around the world.
How have they changed from the past to the present?, Pupils will understand concepts such as settlement hierarchies and patterns.
Hazards Pupils learn about the exciting topic of hazards including earthquakes, volcanoes and floods. 
Pupils will understand the impacts of these hazards and the importance of the 3 P’s.


Year 8

Topic Description
World in Your Wardrobe
Where do our clothes come from? Should we care? Why are most of our clothes made in Asia? How important is Globalisation?. 
This is a new topic that encourages pupils to think more closely about their personal geography, where their clothes come from and its impact on them.


Some areas of the British coast are suffering due to coastal erosion. What can be done? Where are the worst affected areas? What will the coast look like in the future? What are the costs?


How do animals survive in the wild? What characteristics help these animals survive? What is a food chain? And how does it apply to an ecosystem?. 

To highlight the issue of climate challenge, every year, a selection of pupils from different years get together to come up with interesting ideas to aid the environment and reduce our carbon footprint.


Careers in this subject

Geography can literally take you places! Any aspect of Geography could launch you into a career. Interested in the environment or ecosystems? You could become a Conservation Manager or work for the Environment Agency. On a wider front, your career options could range from town planning, marketing or law to leisure, travel, tourism or teaching. Geography is the perfect subject to study alongside Science and Maths to create well rounded researchers, engineers and scientists. No career is off limits, Geography will keep your future options open!

Related News

20 September 2022
17 April 2020

© Copyright 2019–2022 Scissett Middle School

School & College Websites by Schudio