Studying Humanities is an opportunity for our pupils to ask questions about our society, the wider world and how it is organised. Humanities is the study of human experiences, past, present, and future. Our future entrepreneurs, ethicists, geographers and historians can develop into independent and resilient pupils. By studying Humanities throughout their education with us,, our pupils will develop a belief that they can succeed in realising their own lifelong aspirations; they will have the power to be whatever they want to be and be able to walk in the “shoes of others"; they will then be able to challenge injustice and inequality and become positive citizens of our community and beyond.
Humanities encompasses concepts, skills, knowledge and experiences from subject disciplines such as Geography, History, Ethics, Business Studies and Sociology. Our academic integrity is important to us and the new Humanities curriculum provides opportunities for all learners to discover and analyse their heritage and sense of place. Their ‘Cynefin’ will allow them to understand that they belong to a community that will give them both ‘Roots and Wings.’ Humanities promotes an understanding of how the people of Wales, its communities, culture, landscape, resources and industries interrelate with the rest of the world. We start where the feet of our students stand and then move to a wider Welsh, British and global context. This will help them meet future global sustainability challenges across their lifetimes.
Pupils in our cluster will learn within and beyond the classroom and experience visits and trips to key local, national & international locations and institutions to enhance and enrich their learning experience. These could include the Port Authority, Refineries, National Library, Houses of Parliament, Pen y Fan, Snowdon, Pembrokeshire Coastal Path, Pembroke Castle, and other new opportunities as they develop.
Our community is so important to us and we are all lucky to learn and work in such an exceptional area that includes not only a vital fishing and energy port; but innovative business and enterprise zones, places of massive historical and environmental significance and thriving diverse communities. Across our cluster, links with our communities support the old saying that it takes ‘a village to raise a child.’
The Humanties Area of Learning and Experience includes five subject areas History, Geography, Religious Education, Business Studies and Social Studies.
The 'What Matters' statements are what this Area of Learning is centred on. They are designed to be linked and are not intended to be taken in isolation. The five 'What Matters' statements for Humanities are:
•Developing an enquiring mind enables learners to explore and investigate the world, past, present and future, for themselves.
•Events and human experiences are complex, and are perceived, interpreted and represented in different ways.
•Our natural world is diverse and dynamic, influenced by physical processes and human actions.
•Human societies are complex and diverse and are shaped by human actions and beliefs.
•Informed, self-aware citizens engage with the challenges and opportunities that face humanity and are able to take considered, ethical and sustainable action.
We aim to develop this Area of Learning and Experience by adopting a holistic, integrated and interdisciplinary approach. We believe that the new approach to Humanities is a positive way to develop learners for future studies. Throughout our termly topics we seek to develop a sense of heritage and place through our local area, Wales and as part of the wider world. This Area of Learning and Experience is designed to encompass past, present and future, including the role of learners as citizens.