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Years 7-11 Students


Humanities represents one of the most diverse and dynamic Curriculum Areas in the school.

It comprises of three different subject areas: Geography, History and Religious Studies with Philosophy. Within all subjects, the personal development of students is paramount. 

Our team believe Humanities has an ever more important role in enabling students to better understand the diverse and complex world in which they live (Respect, Equality and Diversity) and what it means to be part of it (Active Citizenship & Community). Teacher enthusiasm for their subjects ensures that lessons are engaging, enjoyable and accessible to all (Discovery & Adventure). Everyone strives to enter into a spirit of teamwork, resource sharing, mutual support and co-operation. This is at the heart of everything we do. 

The aim is to deliver exceptional academic curricula that stimulate and prepare our students to be 21st century independent learners (Scholarship & Curiosity). A driving factor in empowering students in owning their own learning and supporting those around them (Leadership & Influence). The skills taught at this stage are built on throughout the rest of the key stages and prepare students for life beyond Ilkley Grammar School (Next Steps & Careers)

In Years 7 and 8, students have four lessons a cycle for both Geography and History and two lessons for Religious Studies. This changes slightly in Year 9, with students receiving three lessons a cycle for both Geography and History and once a cycle for Religious Studies. At Key Stage 4 and 5, the composition of the teaching groups in all Humanities subjects is dependent on the options system. At GCSE most groups tend to be of mixed ability, however, setting may occur where possible. 

Further information on learning this term can be found here 

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