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Skegness Academy

Humanities

Mrs C Dunn - Senior Assistant Principal: Outcomes
Mrs S Toyne - Assistant Principal: Head of Inclusion

Mrs E Wolstenholme (Senior Assistant Principal Teaching & Learning)

Ms B English (Geography)

At the Skegness Academy, Humanities incorporates Geography, History and Social Studies (Religious Education, PSHE and Citizenship). We aim to broaden the knowledge and understanding our students have of other countries, cultures and peoples. Humanities lessons help students develop the skills and qualities necessary for them to function as valuable members of a modern, globalised society.

We make use of topical local, national and international events so that students can better relate to our subjects. Through enquiry, extended writing and role-play tasks, Humanities helps students to develop and improve both their verbal and written communication skills.

Working both individually and as part of a group, students have opportunities to think and act creatively and are encouraged to reflect on their successes and areas for further development.

All students study Geography, History and Social Studies at Key Stage3.

Geography

Their studies will allow them to understand the world in which they live and to identify how human activity interacts with the environment to shape the future. Students will develop knowledge through the study of local, national and international topical case-studies.

History

At the Skegness Academy we aim to provide students with a high-quality history education that will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world.

We wish to provoke a curiosity within students to know more about the past and to encourage students to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. History helps pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time.

With this in mind, we aim to ensure that all pupils:

  • Know and understand the history of Britain from the medieval period to present day, and how people’s lives have been shaped by this history
  • Know and understand significant aspects of the history of the wider world and how this impacts Britain
  • Gain and deploy a historically grounded understanding of abstract terms such as empire, civilisation, parliament and peasantry
  • Understand historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, differences and significance and use them to make connections, draw contrasts, analyse trends and frame historically valid questions
  • Understand the methods of historical enquiry, including how evidence is used to make historical claims and how and why contrasting interpretations of the past have been constructed
  • Gain historical perspective by placing their growing knowledge into different contexts, understanding the connections between local, national and international history; between cultural, social, political, religion and economic history and between long and short term time scales.

Key stage 3 programmes of study include: The Norman Conquest, Religion in Medieval Britain, Migration, Slavery, The Industrial Revolution, Political Development in the 20th Century, WW1, WW2 and the Holocaust

Key Stage 4 programmes of study include: Medicine through time (1250-present day), The Western Front: Injuries and treatments, The Reigns of King Richard and King John, The American West, Wiemar and Nazi Germany

Social Studies

At the Skegness Academy we believe that all students need to acquire knowledge and understanding of the beliefs and practices of the religions and world views which not only shape their history and culture but which guide their own development.

We believe that the modern world needs young people who are sufficiently confident in their own beliefs and values, that they can respect the religious and cultural differences of others, and contribute to a cohesive and compassionate society. With this in mind we intent to

We aim to develop students by provoking articulate responses to challenging questions about meaning and purpose in life, beliefs about God, Ultimate Reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human. Our studies reflect local, national and global contexts and we will develop a systematic understanding of a broad range of religious and non-religious ways of life.