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Humanities Departments - quick survey please

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Humanities Departments - quick survey please
« on: February 05, 2013, 08:13:20 PM »
Doing a quick bit of work on as we move towards a humanities department structure and wanted to know some bits and pieces from the wider world.  Can you let me know any thoughts you may have plus / or -

How is key stage 3 structured? Have you tried other ways and then changed?

How do staff timetables change as subject areas disappear?

What is the best model for collaboration of subject areas and staff?

What is the best way to embed these generic skills we all talk about? Curriculum, timetable etc?

What does te content look like when hums is delivered to kids?

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« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2013, 08:43:58 PM »
I can find out from Jonathon what Churchill is like for you if you want? I don't think I'd be very happy if I had to teach other subject content. Thank goodness it's not us as I stumble towards retirement and still complain about year 7 Ilearn!  :'(

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« Reply #2 on: February 06, 2013, 03:05:21 PM »
Hi,
In my opinion it is a very strange time to be planning to move to a thematic curriculum when the weight of research and voices from the DfE and Ofsted are clear that individual subjects are the way forward.

Geography, History and RE in my Humanities Faculty are all taught by subject specialists. Although there are many things that the three subject share, (for example various pedagogies), the core knowledge acquired is unique to the subject area. Whilst some of this knowledge can be applied to each of the other subjects, a Humanities curriculum would only water down the depth of knowledge in the individual subjects, therefore impacting Geography, History and RE at KS4 and 5.

It would be good to hear other peoples stories and opinions.

Paul 
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Director of Humanities and Head of Geography
The Coopers' Company and Coborn School

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Re: Humanities Departments - quick survey please
« Reply #3 on: February 06, 2013, 03:12:11 PM »
Hi,
In my opinion it is a very strange time to be planning to move to a thematic curriculum when the weight of research and voices from the DfE and Ofsted are clear that individual subjects are the way forward.

Geography, History and RE in my Humanities Faculty are all taught by subject specialists. Although there are many things that the three subject share, (for example various pedagogies), the core knowledge acquired is unique to the subject area. Whilst some of this knowledge can be applied to each of the other subjects, a Humanities curriculum would only water down the depth of knowledge in the individual subjects, therefore impacting Geography, History and RE at KS4 and 5.

Paul

I agree!  We do all we can to resist pressure from 'them above' to get the Humanities subjects to pool our subject time.

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Re: Humanities Departments - quick survey please
« Reply #4 on: February 07, 2013, 07:58:22 AM »
We have a Humanities fauculty but we have discreet subjects, with heads of department as well as a head of faculty and the lessons are taught by specialists. We have tried teaching integrated hums before in yr 7 and noone liked it so we switched back.
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2nd in charge of Humanities faculty

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« Reply #5 on: February 07, 2013, 02:20:19 PM »
I moved to a school which Teaches Humanities and have been doing a pretty poor job teaching history. Would have made some large mistakes had it not been for observing another teacher randomly. The lessons are planned on a system and I can go over them before so generally ok but for questions asked by the students, I have no idea about the tudors beyond what was done in Primary school, anything complicated about the reformation and I am up a creek.

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« Reply #6 on: February 08, 2013, 08:13:15 PM »
We have a Humanities department and teach Humanities in year 7. Lesson plans were created by all 3 areas (RE, Geo and Hist) along with detailed explanation of teaching points so it can be taught by non specialists. We have 1 teacher for each year 7 group and this reduces workload in terms of monitoring and reporting because prior to this we could have 3 or 4 classes. We then have discreet lessons taught by specialists in years 8 and 9 and have myself as Leader of area with a HOD for the 3 subjects. This was pushed on us initially but has developed well and is enjoyed by pupils.