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Contact Information  
Mrs L Chrisman (Geography)- Miss H Clements (History)-
Ms L Conway (History) – Miss L Dale (Geography) –
Mr P Forster (RE) – Ms L Donohue (Humanities)-
Miss C Griffiths (Geography)- Mrs R Martin (History) –
Mr P Myers (Geography) – Mrs L Oscroft (Geography) –
Mrs H Rowe (Humanities) – Mrs S Smith (History/RE) –
Mrs J Staincliffe (Geography) – Mr J Waters (History) –
Mr L Murphy (History) – Ms C Soricelli (History) –

Faculty Introduction

The Humanities Faculty includes the subjects of Geography, History & Philosophy, Religion and Ethics (PRE). Our faculty is made up of 17 members of staff that have a range of expertise and subject specialisms. This enables us to deliver a diverse, multi-disciplinary curriculum for all our students. Our staff are passionate about giving our young people the best possible start to understanding a range of world views and perspectives across all three disciplines.

The Humanities curriculum aims to build a strong community of enquirers that will encourage our students to feel inspired to learn beyond the curriculum and never be afraid to ask questions so that they become well-informed citizens of the world. All students at Denbigh are taught Geography, History and PRE in Years 7 and 8 for 1 hour per week per subject. In Year 9, students can choose to study the humanities subjects as part of their GCSEs, being examined at the end of Year 11. All three of the Humanities subjects are available to study at A Level. We have a very successful record of students leaving Denbigh to continue their studies in a Humanities subject at Universities across the country.

We are an ambitious Faculty with a strong team of dedicated subject specialists. We wish to instil in our student’s hunger and thirst for knowledge of the world’s past, present and future and to have the confidence to go out into society and face challenging issues with humility. Below you will find more information about each subject.

We have designed our curriculum based on the following principles:

  • Diversity – to reflect the diverse student body of the Denbigh community and teach our students to respect and value difference as well as being confident in their own perspectives.
  • Inclusivity – we want all our students to feel included in the stories we share so that they can build a strong community together for a better future.
  • Powerful knowledge – we want our students to be exposed to powerful knowledge so that they have an influence in society and confidence in entering discussions and debates in different spaces without feeling intimidated.
  • Freethinking – we aim to strengthen their intellectual resilience and give them the tools to confidently challenge and reflect on complex problems to help them become reflective citizens.

Schemes of Learning

Each faculty has developed a Scheme of Learning for each subject and year group. The Schemes of Learning outline the curriculum journey that students will embark on each academic year.


Useful Websites

Faculty Assessment & Feedback Policy

Please find a copy of the Faculty Assessment and Feedback policy below. Teachers in the faculty subject areas will follow this policy when assessing students learning and providing feedback.

Philosophy, Religion and Ethics

Useful Websites (RE)

Faculty Assessment & Feedback Policy

Please find a copy of the Faculty Assessment and Feedback policy below. Teachers in the faculty subject areas will follow this policy when assessing students learning and providing feedback.


Useful Revision Websites

  • John D Clare: A website that covers the content of Modern World History. Very useful for details about the interwar years.
  • History Learning Site: Provides details about a plethora of historical periods.
  • BBC Bitesize: Provides revision for all history topics covered by AQA. Also provides exam guidance.
  • School History: Provides details about a plethora of historical periods.
  • GCSE Pod: Provides overviews, recall quizzes and revision for AQA GCSE topics
  • Seneca Learning: Provides overviews, recall quizzes and revision for AQA GCSE topics
  • Youtube Link: Revision for Germany
  • Youtube Link: A guide for how to answer the exam questions on the GCSE Germany paper
  • Youtube Link: A series of videos about the Elizabethans. Tailored to the AQA GCSE specification.
  • Youtube Link: A series of videos about Germany: Democracy to Dictatorship. Tailored to the AQA GCSE specification. 
  • Youtube Link: A series of videos covering Health and the People. Tailored to the AQA GCSE specification.

Faculty Assessment & Feedback Policy

Please find a copy of the Faculty Assessment and Feedback policy below. Teachers in the faculty subject areas will follow this policy when assessing students learning and providing feedback.

Key Words for Year 7 History – Autumn

Key TermDefinition
Anglo-SaxonsPeople who migrated to England from parts of central Europe from the fifth century.
Anti-semiticPrejudice against Jewish people.
MigrationMovement of people from one place (or country) to another.
PersecutionHostility and ill-treatment, especially because of race or political or religious beliefs.
HuguenotA French Protestant of the 16th and 17th centuries.
EmpireGroup of areas ruled over by one person.
IndependenceA nation’s freedom to make its own decisions.
VikingsPeople who originated from Denmark and Norway who raided England from the 8th century.
NormansThe North-men who were originally Vikings and settled in northern France.
CatholicThe universal Church under the rule of the Pope in Rome.

Key Words for Year 7 Geography – Autumn

Key TermDefinition
Physical FeaturesCharacteristics of a landscape which has been formed by natural processes.
Human FeaturesCharacteristics of a landscape which have been made by people.
Grid referencesFour or Six-Figure numbers which indicate a location on an Ordnance Survey map.
Contour linesLight orange/brown lines on an Ordnance Survey map that indicate changes in the height of land.
DiversityThe state of being diverse – including people from a range of different social and ethnic backgrounds, genders, sexual orientation etc.
Population PyramidA graph showing the breakdown of population by gender and age at a given point in time in a particular place.
Ageing PopulationWhen a country has an increasing median (average) age because of declining birth rates and rising life expectancy.
RefugeesA person who has been forced to leave their country in order to escape war, persecution or natural disaster.
International MigrationA person who has moved from one country to another.
Internal MigrationA person who has moved from one area to another within a country.

Key Words for Year 7 Philosophy, Religion & Ethics – Autumn

Key TermDefinition
Worldview  A collection of attitudes, values, stories and expectations about the world around us, which inform our every thought and action. 
Religion  A particular system of faith and worship.
Philosophy  A theory or attitude that acts as a guiding principle for behaviour.
Theism  Belief in the existence of a god or gods, specifically of a creator who intervenes in the universe.  
Analogy  A comparison between one thing and another, typically for the purpose of explanation or clarification.
Truth  That which is true or in accordance with fact or reality.
Covenant  An agreement.
Pesach  Jewish term for the Passover Festival.  
Torah  (In Judaism) the law of God as revealed to Moses and recorded in the first five books of the Hebrew Scriptures (the Pentateuch).  
Anti-Semitism  Hostility to or prejudice against Jewish people.

Key Words for Year 8 History – Autumn

Key TermDefinition
VietcongCommunist guerrilla movement in Vietnam.
GuerrillaType of warfare that relies on surprise raids and sabotaging communication and supply lines.
CommunismPolitical ideology which promotes the common ownership of industry and production with no private owners.
ContainmentUS policy of attempting to stop the spread of communism.  
Domino TheoryIdea that if one country fell to communism others would follow, like toppling dominos.
Draft dodgerSomeone who tries to avoid being called up into the armed forces.
MassacreThe killing of a large number of people at the same time in a violent and cruel way.
NapalmChemical weapon that sticks to surfaces and burns at high temperatures.
PropagandaInformation, especially of a biased or misleading nature used to promote a political cause or point of view.
United NationsInternational organisation to promote peace, security and co-operation.

Key Words for Year 8 Geography – Autumn

Key TermDefinition
PlaceA location that has areas to interact and special meanings to different people.
ConflictA verbal or physical dispute between people, groups or countries caused by tensions between the groups
Scramble for AfricaA period of time (1876-1914) where European powers took over most of the nations in Africa.
Natural ResourcesMaterials/substances that can be found in nature which can be developed and exploited for money.
GlobalisationThe increasing links between countries around the world as a result of the movement of goods, services, and money.  
Global ShiftThe term given to the world-wide change of production (manufacturing), moving to South East Asia.
Balance of tradeThe difference between the good/services a country exports and the goods/services a country imports
Fast fashionA term first coined by retailers to encapsulate how fashion trends move rapidly from the catwalk to the store.  
Transnational CorporationsCompanies that operate in more than one country – GAP, McDonalds and Apple are all examples.  
Cultural homogenisationAn aspect of cultural globalization, listed as one of its main characteristics, and refers to the reduction in cultural diversity.  

Key Words for Year 8 Philosophy, Religion & Ethics – Autumn

Key TermDefinition
Dharma  The nature of reality regarded as a universal truth taught by the Buddha; the teaching of Buddhism.
Idol  A person or thing that is greatly admired, loved, or revered.
Monotheistic  Relating to or characterized by the belief that there is only one God.
Polytheistic  Relating to or characterized by belief in or worship of more than one god.
Trimurti  In Hinduism, the triad of the three gods Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva
Puja  The act of worship.
Samsara  The cycle of death and rebirth to which life in the material world is bound.  
Karma  (In Hinduism and Buddhism) the sum of a person’s actions in this and previous states of existence, viewed as deciding their fate in future existences.
Enlightenment  A European intellectual movement of the late 17th and 18th centuries emphasising reason and individualism rather than tradition.
Dukkha  Dukkha commonly translated as “suffering”, “pain,” or “unhappiness,” is an important concept in Buddhism, Jainism and Hinduism.

Extra Curricular

As a Faculty we offer an extraordinary extra-curricular programme that takes our students beyond the curriculum.  We offer many clubs and trips which give our students rich cultural experiences outside of the classroom.  Our extra-curricular activities include the Magistrates Court Competition, the Bar Mock Trial Competition, the Family Court Competition, Eco schools Satellite Group, Youth SACRE Satellite Group, the Holocaust Memorial Ambassadors group, Black History club, History Club and Philosophy club.

We also offer many trips.  The History Team takes all Year 7 students to Warwick Castle and Year 11 students to different historical places such as, The Globe theatre, Hardwick Hall and National Maritime Museum.  There have also been visits to the Battlefields in France and the Imperial War Museum.  The Geography Team offer fieldwork days and in the past students have visited Bournemouth, Birmingham and conducted local studies here in Milton Keynes.  Our GCSE students have the opportunity to attend residential trips to Berlin (History Y10) and Barcelona (Geography Y10).  Our GSCE Philosophy students visit the British Library to take part in the sacred texts workshop, the British Museum to explore the galleries of European History, Islamic civilization and Ancient Indian civilization. They will also visit St. Paul’s Cathedral and Regent’s Park Mosque and get the opportunity to attend Philosophy conferences in Cambridge or Oxford.

In the Sixth Form, Geography students go to Birmingham and St Margaret’s Bay for fieldwork opportunities in Year 12. Year 13 students have a residential trip to the Lake District to complete their coursework. Philosophy and Ethics students will attend academy conferences in Oxford and Cambridge every year to listen to renown scholars and get the opportunity to meet and engage in debates with students from some of our most prestigious private schools in the country.