Humanities

History: Studies arrange of British and world history from the middle ages to the present. Emphasis is placed on how people interpret historical events and what we can learn from the past. Students are taught how to be critical of sources of information and how to pull together the different historical strands to make coherent answers to historical questions.

Geography: Studies in geography are divided between the human geography of how we, the human race affect our planet and how we live, work and move around our planet and use its resources. The physical geography looks at the forces that have shaped the planet and how they continue to shape our world.

ERIC/PSHE

The course from Years 7 to 11 follows these themes and develops the whole person.

Following student feedback, RE was replaced by ERIC at Royds Hall. The reason for this was that RE had been seen by some people as a subject that was about teaching people about how they should be good at following a religion. RE was never meant to be about but the title of Religious Education can easily be misunderstood. So we asked students what they thought the subject should be about and we came up with four areas that should be covered in our ERIC lessons:

Ethics – Ethics are the values by which we live our lives. Through discussion and investigating the works of philosophers like Plato, we consider how people create value systems and laws. This is also extended to our PSHE (Personal, Social, Health, and Economic Education) content, which includes RSE (Relationship and Sexual Health Education) as decisions on these issues should be framed within personal belief systems.

Religion – This is the academic study of different religious and non-religious world ensuring that students are aware of the beliefs of people in our communities and throughout the world. We look to develop knowledge of texts, traditions and practices of religions.

Ideas – This is about asking questions about our existence and how we see the world. It also allows us to question and consider ideas and concepts that are part of modern day society.

Citizenship – We look at how we contribute to our society and world. We examine structures of government at local and national levels as well as interrogating what is meant by the concept of British values.

Skills and qualities that are developed in ERIC are:

  • Debating and discussion skills
  • Philosophical thinking
  • Respect and tolerance
  • Extended writing skills
  • Analysis
  • Team work
  • Reflective learning
  • Active citizenship
  • Independent research and enquiry skills
  • Presentation skills

Religious Studies: This is our GCSE option course that looks takes an in depth look at the texts and beliefs of Islam and Christianity.  We examine the religions themselves and look at how teachings in Christianity and Islam approach different aspects of contemporary issues including gender, human rights, euthanasia and animal experimentation.