Our Humanities department incorporates History, Geography and Religious Education.

PSHE and Citizenship also form part of the Humanities offer as part of our effort to enhance pupil understanding of themselves and the world around them.


Year 7

  • Why were the Vikings important for Britain?
  • What caused the Middle Ages to be measly?
  • Was Britain changing at the end of the Middle Ages?
  • Does Richard III deserve the reputation of being evil?
  • What evidence do we have of Native America?

Year 8

  • How significant were the Tudors?
  • What were the consequences of the Stuarts reign?
  • Why do historians disagree that everyday life improved between 1500 and 1750?
  • Why was slavery evidence, and yet unpunished?
  • Did Britain change between 1750 and 1900?

Year 9

  • Who may have been Jack the Ripper?
  • How significant was the French Revolution?
  • What caused ordinary people get the vote?
  • Why may there be so many different interpretations of the First World War?
  • How did the world change and challenge in the 20th century?

GCSE History (1HI0) 9-1

Examination: 100% of the GCSE

The Pearson Edexcel Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9–1) in History consists of three externally examined papers in the Summer of Year 11.

Examinations are:

Paper 1: Thematic study and historic environment (Option 11: Medicine in Britain, c1250–present and The British sector of the Western Front, 1914–18: injuries, treatment and the trenches) 30% of qualification (9-1).

Paper 2: Period study and British depth study (Option B4: Early Elizabethan England, 1558–88 with Option 25: The American West, c1835–c1895) 40% of qualification (9-1).

Paper 3: Modern depth study (Option 31: Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918–39) 30% of qualification (9-1).


Year 7

  • World Geography
  • OS Mapwork
  • Settlement
  • Economic Activities

Year 8

  • Weather and Climate
  • National Parks
  • Ecosystems
  • Rivers
  • Globalisation

Year 9

  • Development
  • Natural Disasters
  • Coasts
  • The Geography of Crime

GCSE Geography (WJEC)

Examination (75%)

The exam is set by the exam board and the students will complete this in the summer of Year 11.

There are three themes to the examination:

  • Theme 1: Challenges of living in the built environment
  • Theme 2: Physical Processes and Relationships between people and environment
  • Theme 3: Uneven development and sustainable environments

Controlled Assessment (25%)

The controlled assessment varies from year to year but could cover any aspect of the course.

Religious Education

Year 7

  • The existence of God
  • Creation Story
  • What are we doing to the world?
  • Holy Books
  • Festivals
  • Signs and Symbols

Year 8


  • The Mosque
  • 5 Pillars
  • Qur'an
  • Life of Muhammed


  • Saviour/Messiah
  • Christmas Story
  • Easter - Holy Week and Lent

Rites of Passage

  • How babies are welcomed into different religions
  • Significant ceremonies when you become an adult
  • Prejudice and discrimination
  • Martin Luther King
  • Segregation

Year 9 & GCSE

Pupils begin their GCSE course in Year 9. We offer both full course and short course GCSE options with Edexcel.

Pupils study a variety of topics from the perspective of Christianity and Islam. Topics include:

  • Christian Beliefs
  • Marriage and the Family (Christianity)
  • Muslim Beliefs
  • Crime and Punishment (Islam)

Additional topics include:

  • Living the Christian Life
  • Living the Muslim Life
  • Matters of Life and Death (Christianity)

PSHE & Citizenship

Year 7

PSHE - Health and relationships

  • How to manage transition
  • How to assess and manage risks to health and to stay, and keep others, safe.
  • How to identify and access help, advice and support
  • How to recognise and manage emotions within a range of relationships
  • Personal safety and protection, reducing risk and minimising harm in different settings (including social settings, the street and during travel).

PSHE - Relationships and Well Being

  • How to develop and maintain a variety of healthy relationships within a range of social/cultural contexts.
  • How to deal with risky or negative relationships including all forms of bullying (including the distinct challenges posed by online bullying) and abuse, sexual and other violence and online encounters.
  • Factual information about legal and illegal substances, including alcohol, volatile substances, tobacco and cannabis.
  • The importance of taking increased responsibility for their own personal hygiene.

PSHE - Well Being

  • Managing loss including bereavement, separation and divorce
  • Recognise that the way in which personal qualities, attitudes, skills and achievements are evaluated by others, affects confidence and self-esteem.
  • What constitutes a balanced diet and its benefits.

Citizenship - Rights and responsibilities

  • Rights of a child.
  • Legal age and responsibilities.
  • Local government (council) services
  • Councillor
  • Create a campaign

Citizenship - Democracy and Justice

  • Youth Parliament
  • Student Council
  • Democracy

Citizenship - Identities and Diversities

  • Personal Identity
  • Diversity (local, national and global)
  • Disability

Citizenship - Identities and Diversities

  • Personal Identity
  • Diversity (local, national and global)
  • Disability

Year 8

Citizenship - Democracy and Justice

  • Causes of law breaking
  • Aims of punishment
  • Judiciary roles
  • Members of Parliament
  • General Elections

Citizenship - Identities and Diversities

  • Regional and national differences
  • Charities
  • Culture and tradition within the UK

Citizenship - Global Community

  • Commonwealth
  • European Union
  • World Health Organisation (WHO)

PSHE - Living in the wider world

  • Identify own strengths, interests, skills and qualities as part of the personal review and planning process, including their value to future employability.
  • The laws relating to young people's permitted hours and types of employment.
  • Gambling (including on-line)and its consequences, why people might choose to gamble and how the gambling industry encourages this

PSHE - Health and wellbeing

  • Benefits of physical activity and exercise and the importance of sleep.
  • Personal and social risks and consequences of substance use and misuse, including the benefits of not drinking alcohol (or delaying the age at which to start)and the benefits of not smoking including not harming others with second-hand smoke.

PSHE - Relationships

  • Contraception, including the condom and pill.
  • Importance of friendship and to begin to consider love and sexual relationships in this context
  • Understand what expectations might be of having a girl/boyfriend.
  • To learn about the law in relation to consent (including the legal age of consent for sexual activity, the legal definition of consent and the responsibility in law for the seeker of consent to ensure that consent has been given).

Year 10

Citizenship - Identities and Diversity

  • Multiculturalism
  • Ethnicity and racism
  • Asylum and Migration

Citizenship - Rights and responsibilities

  • Employment rights
  • Consumer rights
  • Animal rights
  • Social Networking

Citizenship - Democracy and Justice

  • Law making
  • Political Parties
  • Democracy vs dictatorship
  • Types of Government

PSHE - Relationships

  • Accessing and the correct use of contraception, negotiating condom use, reinforcing and building on learning in Key Stage 3
  • Recognise the impact of drugs and alcohol on choices and sexual behaviour
  • How to access such organisations and other sources of information, advice and support
  • Develop an awareness of exploitation, bullying and harassment in relationships

PSHE - Health and wellbeing

  • Characteristics of emotional and mental health and the causes, symptoms and treatments of some mental and emotional health disorders (including stress, anxiety and depression)
  • Strategies for managing mental health including stress, anxiety, depression, self-harm and suicide, and sources of help and support
  • About STIs, including HIV/AIDS, how to protect themselves and others from infection and how to respond if they feel they or others are at risk
  • Personal safety and protection, reducing risk and minimising harm in different settings (including social settings, the street, on roads and during travel)

PSHE - Living in the Wider World

  • Unacceptability of all forms of discrimination, and the need to challenge it in the wider community including the workplace
  • Work Experience
  • Rights and responsibilities at work (including their roles as workers, and the roles and responsibilities of employers and unions)
  • Recognise and manage the influences on their financial decisions

Year 11

Citizenship - Identities and diversity

  • Stereotypes and divisions in society
  • Extremisim
  • Gang Culture
  • Discrimination

Citizenship - Democracy and justice

  • Pressure groups
  • United Nations
  • NATO
  • Private vs Public sector
  • Effectiveness of the criminal justice system

Citizenship - Rights and responsibilities

  • Global Warming
  • Sustainable Development
  • Agenda 21
  • Big Brother Society


  • Teenage Parenthood
  • The role of sex in the media and its impact on sexuality
  • Diversity in sexual attraction and developing sexuality, including sources of support and reassurance and how to access them

If you have any questions regarding the Humanities Curriculum at The Wordsley School, please contact Mr J Ball (Curriculum Achievement Leader) on (01384) 816015 or email us.

Alternatively, you can contact each Head of Subject:

  • Mr T Brain (History)
  • Mrs K Oakley (Geography)
  • Mrs V Perks (Religious Education)
  • Miss K Lewis (PSHE and Citizenship)