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King Edward VI Community College

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Humanities

About Us

Our Commitment

We aim to develop a regional flagship faculty which fosters the growth and achievement of all our students by providing them with a consistently high quality learning experience that goes beyond the curriculum.

Collectively the Humanities are essential in understanding heritage and culture, offering insight into the wonders of human progress and the repercussions of human weakness. KEVICC’s Humanities curriculum seeks to engage students in these subjects in order to provide the ideal foundation for exploring and understanding the human experience in our ever changing world.

We are committed to encouraging students to participate fully in the excitement, enjoyment and challenge of this dynamic world in the past, present and future. We seek to draw on personal experience, to help students better understand the human experience. Our intentions are to educate our students about society’s past accomplishments, current world interaction and give us a tool from which to imagine the future. The outcomes of this result in our students being 21st century global citizens, enabling them to investigate and to think critically and creatively about the complexities of ethical, social and cultural issues in past and contemporary society.

Our Expectations

We expect all our students to:

  • come to lessons willing to learn
  • be prepared for learning
  • ensure they have all their equipment: pen, pencil, rubber, ruler and sharpener
  • look after lesson resources both inside and outside the classroom
  • to put their best effort into their work

Home Learning

Home learning helps students extend and consolidate their learning. We will issue students with a range of tasks - some short and some longer projects.

All home learning tasks, resources and web links are available on Show My Homework.

Key Stage 3: Students will complete extended home learning tasks which aim to consolidate and develop their learning.

Key Stage 4: Students will receive exam questions or a home learning topic book each week.

Key Stage 5: Students will complete exam questions, further reading or research tasks.

Enrichment

The Humanities are embodied in the fabric of the world in which we live. We seek to fully exploit this through trips and visits, and using impact days and guest speakers. Throughout our students’ Humanities education they have numerous opportunities to develop their knowledge outside of the classroom. In Geography, fieldwork helps to enrich and enhance classroom learning, getting students engaged in the ‘real’ world including an overseas trip to Italy to investigate the infamous volcano Vesuvius. In History, students have taken part in activities to allow them to experience historic events at locations such as Bodmin Jail and the Imperial War Museum in London. We have also marked the 60th anniversary of D-Day by journeying to the Normandy Beaches with WWII Veterans and remembered the centenary of the First World War, laying a wreath at the Menin Gate whilst exploring the WWI Battlefields of the Somme, Ypres and Arras. In Religious Studies, students have had the opportunity to experience a traditional Hindu prayer ceremony and marvel at the stunningly intricate marble and wooden decor at the Swaminarayan BAPS Temple in London as well as  getting to ask questions of the Hindus who worship at the Temple.

Our Achievements

Our students are successful at GCSE, most notably in Religious Studies with 81.4% of students achieving A*-C and 43.2% of students grading A*-A. Students’ success at GCSE has encouraged many students to take A level Humanities subjects and many students go on to study our subjects at a higher level. Our biggest achievement however, is inspiring students to have a passion for the subjects which we teach.

Other achievements include:

  • Google Expeditions Pioneer School 2016
  • National Spirited Arts competition winners for two years in succession
  • Judged as best school in country for delivery of Christianity by the Farmington Trust based at Oxford University