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Humanities Faculty

Miss P Briant- briantp@denbigh.net
Mrs J Campbell- campbellj@denbigh.net
Mrs L Chrisman- chrismanl@denbigh.net
Ms L Conway- conwayl@denbigh.net
Miss L Dale- dalel@denbigh.net
Ms L Donohue- donohuel@denbigh.net
Miss G Fletcher- fletcherg@denbigh.net
Mr P Gannaway- gannawayp@denbigh.net
Miss C Griffiths- griffithsc@denbigh.net
Mrs R Martin- martinr@denbigh.net
Mr P Myers- myersp@denbigh.net
Mrs L Oscroft- oscroftl@denbigh.net
Mrs S Rahman- rahmans@denbigh.net
Mrs H Rowe- roweh@denbigh.net
Mr C Scott- scottc@denbigh.net
Mrs S Shepherd- shepherds@denbigh.net
Mrs S Smith- smiths@denbigh.net
Mrs J Staincliffe- staincliffej@denbigh.net
Miss Y Upadhyay- upadhyayy@denbigh.net
Mr J Waters- watersje@denbigh.net
Mrs J Whitaker- whitakerj@denbigh.net

Faculty Introduction

The Humanities Faculty includes the subjects of Geography, History & Philosophy, Religion and Ethics (PRE).  We are made up of eight History specialists and eight Geography specialists and amongst the team, we also have five Religion and Philosophy teachers.  We are very proud to offer a rich and diverse curriculum across all key stages and 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, one of Geography or History is studied as a 3-year GCSE subject, being examined at the end of Year 11.  In Year 10, students can choose to study, as part of their wider GCSE options, GCSE Religious Studies and Geography or History.  All of our subjects are offered 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, including recent students studying History at both Oxford and Cambridge and Geography at Cambridge, as well as at many of the leading Russell Group Universities, for example, Theology at King’s College London.

We are an ambitious Faculty with a strong team of 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.

Key Words for Year 7 History – Spring

Key TermDefinition
PropagandaInformation, especially of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote a political cause or point of view.
DemocracyA system of government by the whole population or all the eligible members of a state, typically through elected representatives.
MonarchyA form of government with a monarch at the head.
DictatorshipGovernment by a dictator.
Parliament(in the UK) The highest legislature, consisting of the Sovereign, the House of Lords, and the House of Commons.
NationalismIdentification with one’s own nation and support for its interests, especially to the exclusion or detriment of the interests of other nations.
RevolutionA forcible overthrow of a government or social order, in favour of a new system.
EraA long and distinct period of history.
EconomyThe state of a country or region in terms of the production and consumption of goods and services and the supply of money.
TradeThe action of buying and selling goods and services.
PacifismThe belief that war and violence are unjustifiable and that all disputes should be settled by peaceful means.
ConsequenceA result or effect, typically one that is unwelcome or unpleasant.
SignificanceThe quality of being worthy of attention; importance. / the meaning to be found in words or events.

Key Words for Year 7 Geography – Spring

Key TermDefinition
AfricaA large continent, south of Europe and between the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. Made up of 54 different countries.
ClimateThe prevailing (most common) weather conditions in an area over a long period of time. Mainly focusing on rainfall and temperature.
BiomeA large, naturally occurring community of plants and animals occupying a large area (e.g. desert or rainforest).
Tropical RainforestA tropical (warm and wet) woodland with an annual rainfall of at least 2,500mm, warm temperatures all year and a large variety of plants and animals.
Canopy LayerOne of the four layers of the tropical rainforest, where trees overlap their leaves and branches, and where 60-90% of the plants and animals live.
AdaptationsThe process of change, by which a plant or animal evolves to become better suited to it’s environment (e.g. a cactus in a hot desert storing water).
Climate ChangeA change in climate patterns globally, in particular ‘global warming’. This is where Carbon Dioxide and other ‘Greenhouse Gases’ trapped in the atmosphere cause global temperatures to rise.
DroughtA prolonged period of abnormally low rainfall, leading to a shortage of water.
Tropical StormsA very intense, spiral-shaped wind system, forming over tropical (warm) oceans and bringing extreme wind speeds and heavy rain. Known as a ‘Tropical Cyclone’ in Africa.
Natural ResourcesImportant raw materials (like oil or diamonds) that occur naturally and can be taken from the earth to be used to make products and money.
Fossil FuelsOil, natural gas and coal are the three ‘fossil fuels’ that we burn to use the energy for our homes, businesses and transport. These are an example of natural resources that is very important to modern life.
FamineExtreme lack of food (sometimes caused by drought).
TourismAn important industry to many countries in Africa. An industry characterised by people spending time away from home for fun. Tourism is one way that countries can grow economically.

Key Words for Year 8 History – Spring

Key TermDefinition
PropagandaInformation, especially of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote a political cause or point of view.
DemocracyA system of government by the whole population or all the eligible members of a state, typically through elected representatives.
MonarchyA form of government with a monarch at the head.
DictatorshipGovernment by a dictator.
Parliament(in the UK) The highest legislature, consisting of the Sovereign, the House of Lords, and the House of Commons.
NationalismIdentification with one’s own nation and support for its interests, especially to the exclusion or detriment of the interests of other nations.
RevolutionA forcible overthrow of a government or social order, in favour of a new system.
EraA long and distinct period of history.
EconomyThe state of a country or region in terms of the production and consumption of goods and services and the supply of money.
TradeThe action of buying and selling goods and services.
PacifismThe belief that war and violence are unjustifiable and that all disputes should be settled by peaceful means.
ConsequenceA result or effect, typically one that is unwelcome or unpleasant.
SignificanceThe quality of being worthy of attention; importance. / the meaning to be found in words or events.

Key Words for Year 8 Geography – Spring

Key TermDefinition
Natural HazardsA physical event (not caused by humans directly) that could cause harm to people or property.
Tectonic PlatesThe large slabs that the Earth’s crust is broken up into. The continents/oceans are not all connected completely as one. They are broken up into these ‘plates’, which move to cause tectonic hazards.
VolcanoA mountain or hill, with a crater or vent through which lava, rock fragments, hot vapour and gas are (or have been) erupted from the earth’s crust.
EarthquakeA sudden violent shaking of the ground, typically causing great destruction, as a result of movements within the earth’s crust or volcanic action.
TsunamiA long (and sometimes high) sea wave, caused  by an earthquake or other disturbance displacing water.
Tropical StormsA very intense, spiral-shaped wind system, forming over tropical (warm) oceans and bringing extreme wind speeds and heavy rain. Known as a ‘Tropical Cyclone’ in Africa.
DesertificationWhen land that is not a desert starts to become a desert, due to the soil quality degrading (becoming very poor). This leads to a reduction in plant and animal species in the area.
Water scarcityA place (e.g.a city or village) has water scarcity when there are not enough water resources to meet the requirements of the human population in that area.
Water ManagementThe control and movement of water resources to reduce damage to life and property (especially to try to prevent desertification).
DeforestationThe action of felling (chopping down) trees. This term is commonly used when describing a large area of trees (in a forest, for example) are being cleared.
Climate ChangeA change in climate patterns globally, in particular ‘global warming’. This is where Carbon Dioxide and other Greenhouse Gases trapped in the atmosphere cause global temperatures to rise.
Greenhouse gasesA gas that contributes to the Greenhouse Effect by absorbing radiation (heat) from the sun. Carbon Dioxide and Methane are examples of Greenhouse Gases.
Enhanced greenhouse effectOur earth naturally has a ‘greenhouse effect’, where many of the gases found in our atmosphere trap enough heat for us to live. However, the enhanced greenhouse effect refers to the EXTRA trapped heat that has been caused by human activity (e.g. farming and burning fossil fuels for transport).
MicroplasticsSmall traces of plastic (less than 5mm across) which can be harmful to the ocean and aquatic life. Microplastics can be found in all manner of products (including toothpaste and shampoo!).

Year 7 – History, Geography and PRE

HistoryGeographyPRE
Autumn 1st half termWhat is history?Introduction to GeographyIntroduction to Philosophy (The Greeks)  
Autumn 2nd half termAncient HistoryWhat is our local environment?God and Judaism
Spring 1st half termRevolutionAfrican Study (Physical)Old and New Testament
Spring 2nd half termDemocracyAfrican Study (Physical)Church History and Jesus
Summer 1st half termEmpires and migrationGeographical processesMuhammad (PBUH) and early Islam
Summer 2nd half termImpact of migrationImpact on the physical environmentReligious influences on Art, Music and Science

Year 8 – History, Geography and PRE

HistoryGeographyPRE
Autumn 1st half termProtestDoes place matter?God in Hinduism
Autumn 2nd half termProtestGlobalisation and bordersBuddhism
Spring 1st half termConflictHazards – earthquakesIntroduction to Ethics
Spring 2nd half termConflictVolcanoesPhilosophy: Life after Death
Summer 1st half termDoes Propaganda control us?Development in different societiesIntroduction to Sikhism
Summer 2nd half termDoes Propaganda control us?Development – solutionsEnvironmental Ethics

Year 9 – History GCSE

Autumn 1st half termConflict & Tension
Peacemaking to the collapse of the League
Autumn 2nd half termConflict & Tension Origins and outbreak of 2nd WW
Spring 1st half termGermany 1890-1945
Growth of democracy
Spring 2nd half termGermany 1890-1945
Germany & the depression
Summer 1st half termGermany 1890-1945
Germany under the Nazis
Summer 2nd half termGermany 1890-1945
Revision activities on Conflict & Tension
Germany – Complete Germany

Year 10 – History GCSE

Autumn 1st half termHealth and the People Unit 1
Autumn 2nd half termHealth and the People Unit 2
Spring 1st half termHealth and the People Unit 3
Spring 2nd half termHealth and the People Unit 4
Summer 1st half termElizabethan England Unit 1
Summer 2nd half termElizabethan England Unit 2

Year 11 – History GCSE

Autumn 1st half termElizabethan England Unit 3
Autumn 2nd half termElizabethan England Unit 4
Conflict and tension
Spring 1st half termConflict and tension
Spring 2nd half termConflict and tension
GCSE revision on Germany
Summer 1st half termGCSE revision on Health and the People
Elizabethan England
Summer 2nd half termRevision – all topics

Year 12 – History A Level

Teacher ATeacher B
Autumn 1st half termRussia – Intro, lifestyle in 1917, social structure, Lenin, Stalin, Khrushchev, BrezhnevFrench Wars, Crimea
Autumn 2nd half termRussia- NEP, Collectivisation, War Communism, 5 year plansBoer War, WW1
Spring 1st half termRussia – Reform of agriculture, Reform of industry, Media/Propaganda, Personality cultsBreadth 1 – organising the military
Spring 2nd half termRussia – secret police, Andropov, Suppression of dissidents, culture, the welfare stateBreadth 2 – role of the people
Summer 1st half termRussia – Downfall of the USSR, RevisionRevision of the warfare unit
Summer 2nd half termIntroduction to Coursework – Cold WarIntroduction to Coursework – Cold War

Year 13 – History A Level

Group 1Group 2
Autumn 1st half termChinaCoursework
Autumn 2nd half termChinaCoursework
Spring 1st half termChinaCoursework / revision for Russia and Mao (to include differences between AS and A2)
Spring 2nd half termChinaRevision for Russia and Mao
Summer 1st half termRevisionRevision for Russia and Mao
Summer 2nd half termN/AN/A

Year 9 – Geography GCSE

Autumn 1st half termGeographical skills
Physical geography of the UK
Autumn 2nd half termRivers – processes, landforms, management of flooding
Spring 1st half termRivers to complete
Urban – urbanisation, megacities
Opportunities & challenges of living in a NEE megacity
Spring 2nd half termUrban – opportunities & challenges of living in a HIC city
Regeneration and sustainable living
Summer 1st half termEcosystems – structure and distribution
Tropical Rainforests
Summer 2nd half termHot Desert ecosystems
Revision and exams

Year 10 – Geography GCSE

Autumn 1st half termManagement of a named stretch of UK coastline
Autumn 2nd half termEconomic World
Tourism as a strategy
Case Study – Nigeria, a NEE
Spring 1st half termEconomic futures in the UK
The N-S divide
Infrastructure improvements
Sustainable strengths in industry
Spring 2nd half termDefinition of hazards
Tectonic hazards
Nepal & Italy earthquakes
Atmosphere circulation model
Summer 1st half termClimatic hazards
Weather hazards in UK
Cause of climate change
Managing climate change
Summer 2nd half termRevision of Y10 exams
Fieldwork skills and projects

Year 11 – Geography GCSE

Autumn 1st half termClimate Hazards
UK weather hazards
Causes of Climate Change
Managing climate change
Resource Management: OVERVIEW – global issues with energy, water and food resources
Autumn 2nd half termUnderstanding the issues affecting the UK – energy, food & water resources
Understanding of managing the UK’s energy resources Geographical skills
Revision for PPEs
Spring 1st half termIssues Evaluation (P3 practice)
Spring 2nd half termIssues Evaluation (P3 practice)
Summer 1st half termRevision
Summer 2nd half termTBC

Year 12 – Geography A Level

HumanPhysical
Autumn 1st half termGlobalisation
Political and economic decision making
Degree of globalisation differs
TNCs and their role
Switch on – switch off
Coastal Landscapes and change
Autumn 2nd half termWinners and losers in globalisation
De-industrialisation in HIC
Migration
Cultural diffusion and cultural erosion
Widening inequality as a result of globalisation
Social, political and environmental tensions
Ethical and environmental concerns about consumer societies
Coastal Landscapes and change
Spring 1st half termRegenerating places
Classification of economies
Differences in employment and economic activity
Functions and characteristics change over time
Connections
The Water Cycle and water insecurities
Spring 2nd half termPeoples’ perceptions of an area
Need to regenerate
Policies for regeneration
Measuring success of regeneration in both rural and urban areas
The Water Cycle and water insecurities
Summer 1st half termRevisionThe Carbon Cycle and Energy Security
Summer 2nd half termStart Year 2 topics
Superpower geography
The Carbon Cycle and Energy Security

Year 13 – Geography A Level

HumanPhysical
Autumn 1st half termTectonicsThe Water Cycle and Water Insecurity
Autumn 2nd half termTectonicsThe Water Cycle and Water Insecurity
Spring 1st half termThe carbon cycleCoursework
Spring 2nd half termThe carbon cycleCoursework
Summer 1st half termRevisionRevision
Summer 2nd half termExamsExams

Year 9 – Philosophy, Religion & Ethics GCSE

Autumn 1st half termChristian beliefs and teachings
Autumn 2nd half termChristian beliefs and teachings
Spring 1st half termIslamic beliefs and teachings
Spring 2nd half termIslamic beliefs and teachings
Summer 1st half termChristian practices
Summer 2nd half termChristian practices

Year 10 – Philosophy, Religion & Ethics GCSE

Autumn 1st half termIslamic practices
Autumn 2nd half termPhilosophy: Existence of God
Spring 1st half termPhilosophy: Existence of God
Spring 2nd half termEthics: Relationships and families
Summer 1st half termEthics: Relationships and families
Summer 2nd half termEthics: Religion Peace and Conflict

Year 11 – Philosophy, Religion & Ethics GCSE

Autumn 1st half termEthics: Religion Peace and Conflict
Autumn 2nd half termPhilosophy: Dialogue
Spring 1st half termPhilosophy: Dialogue
Spring 2nd half termRevision
Summer 1st half termRevision
Summer 2nd half termExams

Year 12 – Philosophy, Religion & Ethics A Level

PhilosophyEthics
Autumn 1st half termAncient Philosophical Influences – Plato and Aristotle
Soul, Mind and Body
Normative Ethical Theories:
• Natural Law
• Situation ethics
Autumn 2nd half termTeleological Argument
Cosmological Argument
Ontological Argument
Kantian Ethics
Utilitarianism
Spring 1st half termProphecy and Revelation
God and philosophy
Application of ethical theories:
• Euthanasia
• Business ethics
Spring 2nd half termReligious Experience
Evil and suffering
Tradition
The Shariah
Summer 1st half termHuman Destiny
Revision
Sufism
Revision
Summer 2nd half termAttributes of GodConscience

Year 13 – Philosophy, Religion & Ethics A Level

Group 1Group 2
Autumn 1st half termReligious Language: Twentieth century philosophical perspectivesMeta-ethics (Ethical language and thought)
Autumn 2nd half termReligious Language: Negative, Analogical or Symbolic
Science and Islamic Philosophy
Sexual ethics
Gender equality
Spring 1st half termJustice and LiberationTolerance
Spring 2nd half termIslam and the StateIslam and Europe
Summer 1st half termRevisionRevision
Summer 2nd half termExamsExams

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.