At Northfield we believe that Humanities has a vital role to play in the educational and personal development of our students. The study of History, Geography and Religious Studies offers unique opportunities for our students to develop the skills which enable them to understand and positively engage in the world in which they live. Every student is valued for who they are and what they can bring to the lessons. We have high expectations for their learning and they will be encouraged to become independent learners whatever their need. The lessons will include a variety of learning opportunities which enable our students to learn to question what they hear and see, and as well as the ability to make informed opinions and decisions. They will also learn the skills of discussion; having the opportunity to practice listening to the views of others and to manage disagreement. Being able to voice their opinions and evidence what they think, also helps build their self-esteem and inspires them to learn more.

Our History Curriculum:

In Key Stage 3 students start in Year 7 with the Norman invasion of Britain, including an in depth study of castles which involves a trip to Warwick Castle and the dungeons which all the boys enjoy. We then look at Medieval Britain, including feudalism, the Black Death, the Peasant’s Revolt and the Magna Carta. In Year 8 and 9 we study the First and Second World Wars and also look in depth at Nazi Germany and the Holocaust which is widened out to look at more recent genocides.

Our Religious Studies Curriculum:

At Key Stage 3 our students have the opportunity to learn about the 5 main World religions, including visits to different places of worship.
At Key Stage 4 our students follow a GCSE or Entry Level (depending on ability) course in Philosophy and Ethics. They study such topics as war, crime, marriage, euthanasia, abortion and fertility treatment. Our students find these relevant and interesting and they are able to build on the discussion as well as writing skills that they gained in Key Stage 3. As well as this they will also have the opportunity to gain important points to supplement a college or job application.

Our Geography Curriculum:

At Key Stage 3 students have the chance to explore the different human, physical and environmental aspects of Geography.  Topics covered include:
  • What is Geography?
  • Maps and atlas use
  • Weather and Climate
  • Rivers and Flooding
  • Natural Hazards
  • Coastline Formations
  • Amazing Places
  • Tourism
  • Crime
  • Energy and Resources
Acting Headteacher: Mr. Powell

Northfield School
Knights Road
Blackbird Leys
Tel: +44 (0)1865 771703
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