The Humanities Department

The Humanities department includes Geography, History, Religious Studies.  We offer GCSE’s in Geography, History and RE/Philosophy and Ethics.  As well as teaching the all important subject knowledge we also help our students to develop their skills,  attitudes and values and think critically about the world they live in so that they can become responsible citizens and leaders of the future.

Geography

"Geography is a subject that holds the key to our future."   Michael Palin

Geography encourages students to explore the world around them and to think critically about some of the major issues affecting the world today.  Throughout the curriculum there is a focus on issues relating to sustainability and how people interact with the natural environment.  The skills that will be developed through the curriculum are: problem solving; data collection and analysis; synoptic links between human and physical geography; field work. It is our hope that all our students develop a passion for exploring and developing their knowledge of the world and their role in shaping its future.

Geography is taught as a discrete subject within Humanities in Y7-9 with 3 one hour lessons per fortnight.  The focus of the curriculum is to give students an opportunity to study a breadth of topics and places within Geography and to prepare them for the GCSE course.

Course Content

 

Course Content

Year 7

Extreme Environments

Map Skills

Weather

Settlements

Sustainability

Year 8

Development

Hazards

Globalisation

Ecosystems

Year 9

China

Climate Change

Leisure and Tourism

Urbanisation


History

History

“The more you know about the past, the better prepared you are for the future.”  Theodore Roosevelt

History takes our students on a journey to uncover the wonders of the world and explore how people and events have shaped the society around us.  The curriculum encourages students to ask questions, organize their ideas and findings and obtain information from a wide variety of sources. Students are encouraged to be critical thinkers and reach conclusions based on their own research.   The skills that will be developed through the curriculum are problem solving, analysis, debate and research. It is our hope that all our students will develop an understanding of how the past and how it helps us to make sense of the present. 

History is taught as a discrete subject within Humanities in Y7-9 with three one-hour lessons per fortnight.  The focus of the curriculum is to develop students understanding of the historical development of the UK, to explore key themes within world history and to prepare them for the GCSE course.  Students are taught to understand how development from early Middle Ages through to the mid-20th Century have helped shape the economy, society, culture and political structure of modern Britain.  Students will also study developments in Europe and the rest of the world and are helped to understand how the histories of different countries are linked.

Course Content

 

Course Content

Year 7

Historical Skills

Medieval Society

Year 8

 Tudors and Stuarts

Industrial Revolution

Year 9

20th Century Studies


Religious Education

“My humanity is bound up in yours for we can only be human together.” Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Religious Education at Da Vinci Academy helps our students to explore their own spirituality and engage with a range of philosophical and ethical issues in the world today.  The emphasis is on learning about the key issues in the world today by thinking about the perspectives and teachings of different religions.

Religious Education is taught as a discrete subject within Humanities in Y7-9 with 1 one hour lesson per fortnight.  The curriculum follows the Derby City Agreed Syllabus for RE and also prepares the students to study Religious Education at GCSE. 

Christianity is taught as the core religion throughout the course and the course also has a focus on Hinduism, Islam and Buddhism. The curriculum develops understating of religious beliefs and practice and also explores.  It is designed to help students explore their own spirituality and engage with a range of philosophical and ethical issues in the world today.

Course Content

 

Course Content

Year 7

The Nature of God

What is Belief?

Worship

Year 8

 Science and Religion

Islam in the world today

Year 9

Human Relationships

Is religion a cause for good in the world today?

Buddhism

 

Withdrawal from Religious Studies Statement

‘RE is provided for all pupils, and is inclusive and broad minded. Parents do have the right to withdraw pupils from RE: if you wish to do this, make an appointment with the Head Teacher. The school does not support selective withdrawal from RE’.

 

Geography GCSE

We follow the Eduqas Geography GCSE Specification B Course in Y10 and Y11.

The course is assessed by 100% final examination and is made up of 3 components.

Component 1: Thematic Studies (40%)

  1. Changing Places – Changing Economics. Here students cover key ideas such as 'Urbanisation in contrasting global cities' and 'A global perspective on development issues'
  2. Changing Environments. Here students cover ideas such as 'Shaping the landscape - coasts and coastal management' and examine 'Climate Change – cause and effect'
  3. Environmental Challenges: ideas such as 'Ecosystem under threat' and 'Water supply and demand' will be studied

Component 2: Decision Making Exercise (30%)

This component takes a problem solving approach to a contemporary geographical issue.

Component 3: Fieldwork Techniques (30%)

This component assesses fieldwork skills and its application to wider conceptual frameworks within geography.

The course involves 2 days of fieldwork one in the Peak District National Park with a focus on physical geography fieldwork and one in Chesterfield exploring human geography fieldwork techniques.

 

Course Content

Year 10

 

Theme 1 Changing Places – Changing Economics.

Theme 2 Changing Environments.

Human Geography Fieldwork Visit

Fieldwork techniques

 

Problems Solving Skills

Year 11

Theme 2 Changing Environments.

Physical Geography Fieldwork Visit

Theme 3 Environmental Challenges

 

Religious Studies GCSE

We offer the AQA Religious Studies GCSE Course in Y10 and Y11.

The course is assessed by 100% final examination and is made up of 2 components.

The course is based on Christianity with a choice of a second religion; Buddhism.

Component 1: Beliefs and teachings & Practices (50%)

This unit involves the study of religious beliefs and practices from both Christianity and Buddhism.

Component 2: Religion, philosophy and ethics in the modern world (50%)

This component involves study of Christian beliefs about the following issues from which we will choose 4 to study:

  • Relationships and families
  • Religion and Life
  • Religion, peace and conflict
  • Religion, Crime and punishment
  • Religion, human rights and social justice
 

Course Content

Year 10

 

Beliefs Teaching and Practices

Christianity

Beliefs Teaching and Practices

Islam or Buddhism

Year 11

Religion, philosophy and ethics in the modern world

• Relationships and families

• The existence of God, gods and the ultimate reality

• Religion, peace and conflict

• Dialogue between religious and non-religious beliefs

 

The course involves visits to two local places of worship.

History GCSE

We offer the AQA History GCSE Course in Y10 and Y11.

The course is assessed by 100% final examination and is made up of two components.

Component 1: Understanding the modern world (50%)

 

Section A: Germany, 1890–1945: Democracy and dictatorship

This period study focuses on the development of Germany during development and collapse of democracy and the rise and fall of Nazism.

 

Section B: Conflict and tension, 1918–1939

This unit focuses on the causes of the Second World War and seeks to show how and why conflict occurred and why it proved difficult to resolve the issues which caused it.

 

Component 2: Shaping the nation (50%)

Section A:  Britain: Health and the people: c1000 to the present day

This thematic study will enable students to gain an understanding of how medicine and public health developed in Britain over a long period of time.

 

Section B: Elizabethan England, c1568–1603

The study will focus on major events of Elizabeth I’s reign considered from economic, religious, political, social and cultural standpoints, and arising contemporary and historical controversies.

 

 

Course Content

Year 10

 

Britain: Health and the people: c1000 to the present day

 

Elizabethan England, c1568–1603

Year 11

Germany, 1890–1945: Democracy and dictatorship

 

Conflict and tension, 1918–1939