Sackville School

Humanities

The Humanities department is the thinking and questioning department where we delve into the world around us and ask Who? What? Where? Why? When?  One minute we might be making volcanoes explode and the next we might be making model replicas of castles or animal spirit totem poles.  Topics are as diverse as climate, warfare, the developing world, Elizabethan portraiture, glaciers, world religions, the carbon cycle and the Weimar Republic. 

We like to have memorable lessons and, as such, we use multiple teaching techniques to ensure that all students learn from and enjoy their time in the Humanities department.  We turn the classroom into a World War One trench, use role play (stitching footballs in a sweatshop or playing Thomas Becket) and encourage wide-ranging discussion on topics such as politics, climate change, religious freedom, protest and society.  Students have the opportunity to give presentations, devise news reports and stage battle reconstructions alongside developing their academic skills in research, analysis and essay-writing.

The classroom isn’t always big enough to teach our subjects and we therefore organise many curriculum-based trips. These include our annual pilgrimage to Canterbury Cathedral in Year 7, a visit to Hampton Court in Year 8 and a residential trip to the battlefields of France and Belgium for Years 8 to 11.  We also organise geography field trips to locations as diverse as the Isle of Arran, Sicily, Dorset and Barcelona.  A Level students have the opportunity to visit the Crown Courts in Maidstone, attend relevant subject conferences and participate in the Bank of England’s Target 2.0 competition.

In Years 7 to 9, all students have three periods of Geography and History per week; these are both popular options subjects for GCSEs in Years 10 and 11.  RE is taught from years 7 to 11 and most students are entered for a GCSE in this subject. The Humanities department expands to include Psychology at GCSE and further expands at A Level to also include Economics, Law, Politics, Sociology and a BTEC in Travel and Tourism.