Humanities at King Solomon Academy aims to equip students with an ability to understand and question the world around them. We hope to build knowledge of history, geography, RS, politics and economics that enables students to be informed citizens and appreciate the context they live in and the world around them. Humanities should develop a system of thinking that means students can engage in current affairs and give them the tools necessary to become engaged and active citizens. As a group of academic disciplines, humanities subjects encapsulate the development of the skills of research, source analysis, critical argument and factual recall.

Curriculum Allocation

In KS1 and KS2 students study humanities issues through ‘topic’ which is one session per week. Topic delivers humanities by focusing on a particular area of interest and drawing out the elements of history, geography, RS, current affairs and citizenship within this area.

In KS3 delivery moves from a project-based integrated humanities curriculum in Year 7 to the study of discrete subjects each week in Year 9. In Year 7 students study ‘The ‘Island’ curriculum which delivers humanities content in an integrated manner for three hours per week. In Year 8, students then study the individual subjects of history, geography and RS on a carrousel basis, with three lessons per week for a term of each.

From Year 10 all students study for RS GCSE for either two or three hours per week depending on the number of GCSEs they are studying. History and geography are then available as options subjects each receiving 3 hours per week curriculum time across KS4.

In Sixth Form we offer A levels in geography, history, government and politics and economics. Pupils study these subjects for 6 hours a week.


Curriculum Overview (2017-18)

The humanities curriculum reflects a mixed approach to delivery, beginning with a topic-based integrated approach up until Year 7 with students following subjects discretely from Year 8. This will continued to be reviewed as the curriculum develops.


Year 7

  • Mapping and recording
  • Volcanoes
  • Tribes and community development
  • Forms of government
  • World religions
  • Settlement and environmental sustainability
  • Nation and empire
  • Nationalism and war

Year 8

RS Geography History
  • God’s existence
  • Evil and suffering
  • Value of life
  • Life after death
  • Introduction to history and skills in history
  • Medicine over time
  • King John
  • Global locations
  • Map reading
  • Map skills
  • Climate
  • Population
  • A study of London


Year 9 (from Sept 2017)

RS Geography History
Christian beliefs and teachings:     
  • Key beliefs
  • Jesus Christ and salvation
  • Afterlife
  • Role of the Church
  • Worship, festivals and pilgrimage

Islam beliefs and teachings:

  • Key beliefs
  • Authority
  • Worship and festivals
  • Hazardous planet
  • The geography of development
  • Ferocious flooding
  • The EU debate
  • My place – Westminster
  • The Dark Ages
  • Early Islam
  • The Crusades
  • The Black Death
  • Henry VIII and The Tudors
  • Charles I and the Civil War
  • WWI
  • Genocide the Holocaust


Year 10 (from Sept 2017)

RS Geography History
Thematic Studies:     
  • Relationships and families
  • Religion and life
  • Religion, crime and punishment


  • Ecosystems
  • Physical landscapes of the UK
  • Fieldwork planning and research
  • Natural hazards
  • Urban issues and challenges


  • The interwar period
  • The League of Nations and the Weimar Republic
  • The rise of the Nazis and the causes of WWII
  • Germany under Hitler
  • Start of depth study (Elizabeth)


Year 11 (from Sept 2017) – this will change in Sept 2018 when CO 2018 will have completed more of the new GCSE course in Year 9

RS Geography History
Thematic Studies:     
  • Relationships and families
  • Religion and life
  • Religion, crime and punishment


  • Urban issues and challenges
  • The changing economic world
  • Challenges of resource management
  • Decision making exercise
  • Completion of depth study
  • Thematic study – TBC either Medicine over time or Power and the People


Sixth Form

Geography History Politics Economics
  • Tectonics
  • Globalisation
  • Coasts (incl. fieldwork)
  • Regenerating places (incl. fieldwork)
  • Independent investigation
  • Water insecurity
  • Superpowers
  • Energy security
  • Synoptic investigation
The early Stuarts and origins of the civil war, 1603-1660     


‘From Autocracy to Communism: Russia 1894-1941


Historical interpretations and investigations (coursework): Student choice of title.

Causes of English Civil Wars/abolition of monarchy.


China and its rulers, 1839-1989


  • Democracy
  • Political parties
  • Electoral systems
  • Voting behaviour and the media
  • Legislature
  • The Executive
  • The Constitution
  • Sovereignty
  • Liberalism
  • Conservatism
  • Socialism
  • Feminism
  • US politics
  • Where does power lie in the UK
  • Comparative politics
  • Markets
  • Market failure
  • Labour market
  • Inequality
  • Theory of the firm


  • Macro objectives
  • Macro problems
  • Macro policy
  • Money and banking

International Economics

  • Trade
  • Balance of Payments
  • Exchange Rates
  • Globalisation
  • Development


Pupils are assessed formally in every year group once a term.

Curriculum Routines

While each subject within Humanities will promote particular subject-related skills and techniques for knowledge acquisition there are common elements within lessons that will develop excellent humanities students. These include:

  • Keyword teaching using the subject-specific register
  • Hooks and continued application of issues to the real world and current affairs
  • The use of data and sources
  • Teaching of data/source analysis and interpretation skills
  • Teaching of analysis, synthesis and logical reasoning using evidence
  • Assessing different interpretations and points of view
  • Students having the time and support to develop lines of argument, express opinion (verbally and in writing) and make reasoned and justified conclusions
  • Time for extended independent writing

Student voice should be present in lessons with students able to reflect on information and arguments presented and develop their own opinion.

As in all lessons at KSA lessons should include:

  • Do now
  • Student reflection and self-assessment
  • Homework and pre-work feedback and setting
  • Modelling of skills
  • Teaching of literacy and numeracy
  • Student independent application of knowledge and skills taught
  • Exit ticket

Extra-Curricular and Enrichment Opportunities


Fieldwork is a core part of humanities courses at KS4 and KS5. On-site learning is a requirement of some courses but we aim to offer trips beyond this to ensure that students are always able to apply their learning to world around them.

Humanities trips include:

  • Year 10 History trip to Belgium and the battlefields of WWII
  • Year 10/11 History depth study trip
  • Year 10 Geography fieldwork trip to a UK coastal location
  • Year 11 Geography fieldwork trip to study regeneration
  • Year 12 Geography fieldwork trips to the coast and to an urban location
  • Year 13 Geography urbanisation and globalisation study
  • Year 12 Politics trip to the Houses of Parliament
  • Year 12/13 Economics trips to LSE Public Lectures
  • KS4 RS/History tour of Westminster Abbey

Extra-curricular and Enrichment opportunities

We are enthusiastic about students spending time debating and investigating issues that arise in humanities lessons in greater depth. From Sept 2017 we hope to offer afterschool clubs in each of the humanities subjects, including:

  • Religion, morality and philosophy
  • History club
  • Regenerating Church Street
  • Economics and Finance

In sixth form the weekly Foundations of Undergraduate Study (FOUS) session also give students an opportunity to explore humanities subjects at undergraduate level. FOUS options this year in humanities are:

  • Economics and finance
  • Humanities

In addition to this the humanities department will run activities and competitions to promote particular issues across the year including:

  • Black History Month
  • The big question – does God exist?
  • Anti-poverty week

Key contacts and how to get involved

If you would like to learn more about humanities at KSA, you can contact:

Abi Taylor, Head of Humanities:

George Ghaffari, Lead of History:

Hannah Woodham, Lead of RS:

Richard Tindell, Lead of Economics: